Posted by Bo (GA) on March 07, 2001 at 07:50:23:
Pretend for a moment that you are thinking about opening a new Burger King. You try to educate yourself as much as you can about hamburgers, and you decide that you can probably learn a lot (you are probably correct) from the owner of the local McDonalds down the street. You call him up, tell him about your plans, and what do you think he will do? Do you think he will tell you all about the perfect temperature to cook burgers, what advertising campaigns have worked best for him, the ingredients in his “secret sauce”, etc.?
If your answers is “No, I would never do that, to think that he would give me all this information is ridicoulus, after all, he is trying to run a business!”
If so, then ask yourself, why should real estate be different? To a lot of people, it is also a business, and by calling the “I buy houses” ads, you are taking time away from their business - their pursuit of a livelyhood - and asking them to give you all their secrets! Then don’t be surprised if yuo get a negative answer.
If you use think about it, there are better ways to get the information/education you are looking for. This forum is one of the best - nobody will “hang up” on you for asking questions here, and you might want to try one or two of the courses offered as well.
Use common sense and have fun!