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Sellers - Getting Your Home Shown is the First Step in Getting It Sold

I was making my showing appointments for this morning.  I am usually pretty good at estimating arrival times but it is harder since this will be my first day out with this client.  I don't know yet whether he will be one who can know in 5 minutes whether he likes a house or not or one who will take 45 minutes to look at every house even the ones he hates.

Anyway, I plot my route and begin to make my appointments.  I use the showing service and set up one house for the 2 hour window between 10:45 and 12:45.  The showing service calls back to ask if I can narrow the window down to 11:45 to 12:45, per the homeowner's request.  I comply, figuring I can juggle around as need be to ensure that I am there on time.

Then I get a call back from the showing service with a message from the homeowner "He will arrive at precisely 11:45 and he will give me exactly 5 minutes to show up and if I am not there in those 5 minutes he is leaving!"


I tried to clarify, he meant 5 minutes after the 1 hour window, right?  No, he meant he was narrowing the showing to a 5 minute window ; 11:45 to 11:50.

There is no way I can commit to a 5 minute window when we are looking at 7 homes, factors such as traffic, etc are out of my control.

I cancelled the showing - my buyer has several other properties he liked so we are heading to see those today.  I will try to make it back to this house if we go out a second time.

The listing has no lockbox (which means the owner has to be present for the showings), no interior photos, an exterior photo from 2006, and an owner who is not being very cooperative - could be a hard sale.  You just never know which showing is going to be the one!

This is probably a listing that the listing agent needs to make the showing appointments because if the owner isn't being cooperative the agent could also meet prospective buyers and their agents at the property. 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsDr. Stacey-Ann Baugh • August 18 2011 09:55AM


I have dealt with this sort of seller.  You have my sympathy.  And, no, they certainly don't sound as if they are going to be easy to deal with...if they are this inflexible with the showings, imagine how they view the negotiation process.....

Under these circumstances, I would schedule a time for me to go preview the home.  Then, if it is something my client needs to see, I'd show it to them.  But, I wouldn't really consider doing that if there are other properties that meet my client's needs.....

Posted by Judith Abbott (Coldwell Banker Residential) about 7 years ago

Wait, I know this seller!  lOL  Just kidding, but I'm with you - if it's this hard just to get IN THE PROPERTY, then it does not sound like a motivated seller to me.  NEXT!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 7 years ago

and then they will be surprised why nobody is showing the house, AND it is not selling, go figure

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 7 years ago

Judith - There are several others that seem to be appropriate

Susan - Imagine the negotiation process

Gerry - I bet they will be surprised.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 7 years ago

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