Forget our "needs' as listing agents - forget whether we can check the Supra lock box electronically, or have email programs in place .............. or don't care if we get feedback - imo, it isn't about "us"!
At the very least, and for no other reason that matters..................... it is a COURTESY to the sellers!
I was a seller some years ago.
Agents make appointments - they don't always show up or call................or they show up late.....
I know what it is to have an agent say they will be there at 2PM.......I get home at 2:30.......if no card is there I wonder, was she here yet or not ?
Can I lie down to take a nap?
Should I wait to see if she still shows up...should I start making calls to see what's going on?.............and on and on it may go.....
How simple it is to leave a card behind which basically says: "Yes, Mrs Seller, I was here".
I view this as a courtesy extended to the owner.....it simply lets them know who was there. I also like doing this because from time to time, I have been contacted by the owner personally. They sometimes value another's perspective......
For my seller clients I use a secured showing service and buyer agents provide feedback through the service via email or a phone call. My seller clients get the same report I receive and we both get it at the same time. The report provides buyer agents' information as well.
The majority of my business is referrals, and if I can't produce results within an agreed upon stated time frame the sellers should move on to another agent. I would if I were trying to sell my house and the agent could not fulfill the objective.
Thanks again for the great question. I hope you had a terrific Christmas and New Year!
We're all discussing leaving (or not) a business card when showing a home.
OK, so .how would you like to see this one...........years ago an agent made up "special" cards to be used ONLY when showing homes.
They were 3 times the size of a normal business card....they had the agent's pic and contact information.........yet the body of the card had the following message:
"Thank you so much for allowing me to show your lovely home - It was my pleasure"
Haven't seen that one in long time..... and I say good riddance!
I am a stranger walking through their home.......agents may make appointments and then not show up at the last moment (yes, it does happen!!).
Leaving a card simply lets the seller know someone was there when they get home if they were out.......as a listing agent I stop by periodically and pick the cards up, and keep them for future reference.
(might even call an agent after a price reduction and ask if their buyer was still looking or if they had bought something .)
Also, for a home that hasn't gotten any offers, seeing that big pile of cards (or lack thereof) has more impact that me telling them about a list of names I got off of the Supra lockbox.
It shows my sellers that the home is being shown.
It verifies that the agents who made showing appointments actually showed up.
It encourages potential buyers to move forward, lest they lose the home.
I guess it's force of habit, but I always leave a card when showing property, and I'm not concerned about sellers having a bunch of Realtors' names in the event that an issue arises.
I left one at a home that I showed a few years ago. There was a renter that lived there that needed to move out and find their own home. They recognized my name and called me. I helped them buy their next home and they have already sent me a few referrals.
If it's a foreclosure or vacant home I won't leave a card.
#1. This is a new listing and getting exceptional traffic
#2. The home is not occupied. The folks living in their homes do not find a pile of cards to be a positive component of the staging scheme.
In case #1, if the owner did not open the door, I leave a card so the owner knows the visit has been completed, AND they should seek feedback via their agent. If they did open the door I hand my card to introduce me as a licensed agent and not a rogue 'cash' investor who buys homes 'any condition, any situation, and location" don't have a dime to call may own and intend to tie your home up for 5 months as I look for another buyer to assign the contract.
In case #2 my card on the pile will make no difference. MLS rules may be 20 years behind reality. The supra box has recorded everything. Not a REALTOR and need access?.....next open house in June 12, 2014. Membership has it's privileges.
Any listing agent requiring a card to be left behind clearly is not aware of the message that appears on the back of my card. Be careful what you demand.
With the supra box I know when you arrive and will be notified when you leave. I'll be calling you about 10 minutes later. I'll ask, "Did you let the cat out?" You'll say, "What! I never saw a cat!" Then we can chat about your buyers evaluation.