Phil Capron, Real Estate Pro in 23455

What do you as a buyer's agent do on a day like today? Do you show or cancel? As a listing agent, do you call and cancel due to weather?

Asked by Phil Capron, 23455 Tue Jan 15, 2013

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It is up to you, but if the client wants to see the property despite the bad weather condition, it should tell you that they are very motivated. I would not cancel.
Yet, sometimes the house does not show well when it is foggy or dark/rainy. If you can politely reschedule and not to loose that appointment entirely, it is better reschedule:)
The first impression is very important when meeting people or checking the house.
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Good chance to check drainage on a home you're showing. Bring a towel to lay down at the door and step on before entering, just as curtesy to the seller.
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Great idea! That's why I was concerned... lots of wet people going through a listing probably wouldn't make the seller too happy, especially if they have light carpet. The towel solves that problem! Thanks Mary :)
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Opening the door for a client in 22 minutes. If I don't show it someone else will. Have a great day!
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Due to this weather? If the roads are iced over or we have hurricane strenth winds - maybe - but this is pretty mild out. Very rainy days are actually good days to view homes AND do the home inspection.
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If it's safe to drive my clients to show a must see property, I will just do it. (Bring an umbrella!)
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I keep my appointments, sometimes clients have taken the day off of work to go look. For sellers, cancelling an appointment may mean that you lose that buyer entirely!
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I realize I'm not in VA, but as for being either a buying or listing agent:

When a buyer would still wants to come through in bad weather, I would look at that as a sign they are committed to finding a home. It's completely understandable when weather hits to change plans, but I would look at it positively.
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If buyer's agent, absolutely show. I showed a house the day after Sandy came through here and there was water flowing in the ductwork in the family room. I doubt we would have seen that at any other time of the year.
As listing agent...still let them come unless the house is occupied and the seller is having a medical emergency or death in the family.
KK German, Wainwright Real Estate
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Time to move to California?
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If we are scheduled to go view properties and my buyer's are ready than I grab an umbrella and we hit the road. I have never cancelled a showing on any of my listings due to the weather nor have I had a listing agent call to cancel either. If there is a deal to be done than let's do it!!!
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Right on. I'm just ready for the weather to be nice and the sun to be shining longer hours to get more appointments in. The new year has started out great, I think we're all in for an awesome 2013!
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Show! Have the rain boots in the trunk and hot chocolate in a Thermos for your clients.
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Hot chocolate! Awesome idea!
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It's foggy here today but 48 deg and I show homes in Nor East'rs to rain to fog and wind. I have never had a listing agent call me to cancel my showing because of weather. I have shown homes the day before and after a hurricane.
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Thanks Tim. Yeah you guys get it all down on the OBX. I'm pretty new and don't actually have a buyer's appointment today. I have several the next few days though and just wondered if LA's would be upset with people tromping through their houses soaking wet. Also on my buyer's side it's a little hard to take the normal walk around the lot when it's like this. Thanks for the response!
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If it's bad winter weather, I drive my jeep! If I need to pick up my buyer I will do that as well. Whatever it takes!
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The show must go on. The only thing that really stops us is ice on the roads :)
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Believe it or not, I have in fact shown homes in the snow. Crazy as it may sound, they were here and expected to see homes. Of course the tour didn't last long since the traffic was so bad, we only saw two homes. I do believe in the long run it's better and safer to tell them to wait. We all know, it can wait!
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Why should one day be any different from another!
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I love showing Buyers regardless of the time or weather. I find that I am able to turn it to a great experience and I learn a few things along the way. Preparedness like rain boots and a good coat are enough to get me through days like today. It shows the Buyer your sincere effort to tackle their needs and also builds their confidence and trust. That to me- is a like Sunny day at 78 degrees.
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