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Sellers: Make it Easy to Show Your Home

It happened again today...sellers who didn't want their homes shown. 

The market is slow.  Many homes are not selling.  I have real live, pre-approved buyers who need to buy soon.  They are first time buyers looking in Danbury or New Fairfield, Connecticut.  Today was the third time we went out to look at potential homes.  We already have two possibilities, though one of them went under deposit with any other buyer the other day. 

So, we keep looking... 

This morning I scheduled appointments to view four homes. 

Home #1:  "Yes, you can show my home.  Thank you."  I love that. Short and sweet. 

Home #2:  The number to call is the seller's cell phone.  We got disconnected. Twice.  The third time, I just yelled that I was showing his home at 2pm.  I think he heard me.  I hope he heard me.  Note to sellers: if agents are calling your cell phone to schedule appointments, and you're in a bad service area, just let the call go to voice mail... 

Home #3:  "Well, can you show my home later?  I need time to clean up."  Three hours isn't enough notice to clean up?  How dirty is your house?  Apparently, she only had time to clean the main level.  We walked in, and the home was spotless.  Then we walked upstairs, and it was so dirty and full of cat hair everywhere, that we all began coughing and had to leave. 

Home #4:  I left a voice mail message. The showing instructions said that was OK to do.  We get there, and there are three locks on the door - the door knob and two dead bolts.  There was only one key.  It unlocked the doorknob.  It unlocked the first deadbolt.  It did NOT unlock the second deadbolt.  We're locked out.  I called the listing agent and she informed me that I had the wrong key.  Um, this is the key you put in the lock box, right? 

Home #1 was a pleasure to show.  Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Seller.  Unfortunately, it wasn't the right home for my buyers. 
Home #2:  I'm not positive the sellers knew we were going. I assume he heard me.  Again, it wasn't the right home for my buyers. 
Home #3:  I understand you needed to clean your home. You had three hours.  Next time, please vacuum the cat hair. You may also want to replace the missing closet doors on the upper level.  There was too much cat hair to even determine whether this may have been the right home for my buyers. 
Home #4:  We'll never know.  This could have been the one.  I've left additional messages for both the listing agent and the seller.  Neither has bothered to call me back.  I guess they really don't want to sell. 

Not to worry.  I'll find the right home for my buyers.  It's just a shame that with some of these homes, these sellers lost out on a possible sale.



Comment balloon 2 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • August 16 2008 09:10PM


This scenario doesn't sound too different than showing homes in Dallas!  Although at least here we use Centralized Showing Service, so we only have to make one call in most cases.

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 11 years ago

Hi Steve - We don't use Central Showing Service here.  Usually, we log in with the listing office and then call the homeowner.

Some homeowners are just funny when you call - it's as if you're bothering them that you would like to show, and possibly sell, their home.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) almost 11 years ago