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Declined Showings

I always impress on my sellers that they should always do their best to not decline a showing.  Obviously there are emergencies that arise but for the most part, sellers need to accommodate showing requests.  

This week I have had several sellers decline my buyers' showing requests.

The first is a luxury home that my buyer wants to see.  He is very much interested in the home because it is a floor plan that he has been looking for.  I called 3 days before the planned showing and the showing was declined.  I was told no showings until 1 week from the requested date.

Today I called a short sale and I was told I could only give them a half an hour window.  Then they declined saying that tomorrow (Monday) between 1 and 1:30 would be better.

I called another home and was told they weren't available today but tomorrow at 4 would be good.

The third place today we made the appointment and they showed up and no one was there to let us in.

Needless to say, this has been a frustrating showing week for me.


In this real estate market it is critical that a buyer sees your home.  Tomorrow may be too late if they see and fall in love with something today.


Please let us see the house.

If you or someone you know would like information about buying, selling, or renting a home in Prince George's, Montgomery,  Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel, Howard, and/or Baltimore Counties please contact Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh of Century 21 New Millennium.


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Comment balloon 11 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • July 18 2010 04:14PM


I've never understood people who don't make it easy to show their homes.  I currently have only 1 listing that doesn't have a lockbox and we hold the key to it in my office and it's by appointment only, but if the seller isn't in town, I make myself available so they won't miss an opportunity for the house to be shown.  It's crazy to have a home on the market and not let buyers see it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

It sounds like a very frustrating week! I think the sellers' patience are wearing thin also. Then you have the buyers who want to go in ten minutes.

Have a great week!

Posted by Virginia Vanini, GRI (William Raveis Real Estate, Shelton, Ct.) over 8 years ago

I don't understand people who have their home for sale but don't make it available to be shown.

Posted by Michael Ford, Matching Families with Homes (Coldwell Banker Heritage Homes) over 8 years ago


I ran into the same thing Friday in Bowie. The owner had a hard day at work and wanted to go to bed. Ugh.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

I'm getting ready to list a property that has an uncoperative tenant in it.  I can hear buyer's agents now mumbling my name and what am I thinking.  However a tenant is different than an owner who blocks the door and says stay out.  If you list it and we can show it you just might get it SOLD!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

Hi Stacey-Ann, It's hard to buy it when you can't see it!  Sorry you had a tough go of it this week, I hope it will improve next week!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 8 years ago

I understand both sides of it... but sellers aren't really in the driver's seat.  So, they should be looking to adjust a little. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 8 years ago

Stacey, I too understand both sides, but in this market if the seller really wants to sell there home...they had better accommodate buyers a little more.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 8 years ago

Stacey-Ann, Thanks for the post. I am baffled by the reluctance of sellers to show their home, especially in this market.

Posted by William Collins, Director of Property and Asset Management (ERA Queen City Realty) over 8 years ago

Tammy - I never understood why a seller would put a house on the market and then not allow it to be seen

Virginia - I agree buyers who give no notice are frustrating as well

Michael - me either

Rich - must be something in the water here in PG County

Cindy - I think as long as buyer agents know that there is an uncooperative tenant, they'll be more understanding


Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

Mary - Thanks, I hope so too

Lane - I don't quite understand because many sellers chose to list their home so why not show it

Nick - In this market a missed showing could be fatal to the sale

William - I am too.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 8 years ago

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