This really depends on how much research you have done on an area and feel comfortable with. If you are unfamiliar with an area, it will take longer to get to know the housing choices/location differences of the area. So, it can range from 2 or 3 homes, to over 20 homes.
I always consult with the buyer prior to showing homes to help them find the home that best meets their needs.
On average I would expect 15 to 35 homes shown, and 20-30 hours per client file.
Great question by the way!
Overall, I'd say 10 - 15 showings.
A guesstimate for the average amount of time spent showing property, supporting their interests, answering questions, and championing the purchase prcess would be 40-60 hours.
I'll be anxious to see what others contribute.
Tom's (NC) approach is exceptional and one I try to adhere to. Unfortunately, the extreme lack of inventory compels a default position of , "Let's see what's out there."
Too often the buyer is seeing real estate for sale on Zillow or Trulia and can not comprehend these are fictitious and will result in chasing vapors. The credibility gap between fact and fiction can create uncertainty in the mind of a buyer.
Including consultation,research, promotion, negotiation, attending inspection, appraisal and closing wrap up, testimonial video, quality assurance review, the average hours per transaction is 57.4
The work may be completed by me or delegated, it however still must be done and paid for directly or indirectly by me.
When working with buyer it is critical to get a positive response to the question, "When the property you like is found, are you intending to use me as your agent?"
However, we do sit down for an hour our two prior going though the following:
2. Type of home and size
6. drive distance to work, schools, shopping
9. You get the idea
We do this on the Big Screen Computer in my office. And narrow down to 6 to 10 properties.
The first day we do 4 properties, than get lots of feedback.
Find out what they liked and did not like. Change the criteria if needed.
next day 4 more. By that time they are down to the their TOP 2 or 3 picks
Day three we start with One or Two New and back to their TOP 2 or 3 picks.
That does in 90% of the time.