Here are some examples. Some folks work nights and sleep during the day. Some have young teens alone in the home at times and rightfully restrict access to the home at these times to folks they don't know. Some have babies which are light sleepers. When I sold my home earlier this year, I made a deliberate decision to move my family out (I have 5 children), so that my wife didn't have to worry about having the home clean and the children quiet.
A whole other category is those short-selling their home- now right about 50% of the homes available in the Inland Empire. Unless foreclosure is right around the corner, many of these sellers are not anxious to sell the home faster. This is especially the case if they've recently found out that their bank may be delaying foreclosure even further.
A final category is tenants in the home, especially in a short sale. Tenants are often not thrilled that the home is being sold out from under them. Their attitude ranges from completely cooperative to absolutely vindictive. There are some tenants that directly refuse any showings in hopes they can stay in the home longer or at least exact some revenge on the homeowner.
You attitude is the type that most agents would love to have as a home seller. I wish you well in your sale. Please don't hesistae to ask questions. As a Realtor, we should act as a trusted consultant or advisor.
Although it seems logical that the easier is it to show a home the better the end result will be, you would be amazed at how any sellers erect substantial barriers to quick and easy showings.
Obstacles Iâ€™ve seen:
â€¢ By Appointment Only showings
â€¢ Limited hours â€“ such as â€œNo showings on weekendsâ€ (Iâ€™ve honestly seen this)
â€¢ 24-hour notice required
â€¢ No lock box
â€¢ Sellers never answer the phone
â€¢ Out-of-area-Realtor who wonâ€™t come to show the home if the sellers donâ€™t respond
â€¢ Dogs loose in the home
Bottom line: Buyers need to be able to get into a home to view it when it works for them, not the seller. Any walls/barriers/obstructions that a seller puts up will only delay the sale process and typically will result in a lower price.
The best policy is for the MLS to state: â€œCALL, LEAVE MESSAGE, GO SHOWâ€. After all, thatâ€™s the purpose of the lock box â€“ so agents can access your home when youâ€™re not there. And in reality, they donâ€™t want you to be there when they show your home anyway. This way, if you are there when they call you can confirm what time they may be coming by and if you are NOT there, theyâ€™ll just come.
Quick note here: it is EXTREMELY difficult for a Realtor to know exactly when they will be at your home unless yours is the only property they are showing. If you are home #6 in a series of 10 â€¦ there is no real effective way to know exactly when they will be by. And, itâ€™s always possible the buyers see the home when they drive up and instruct their Realtor to not bother stopping. In many cases, the Realtor will most likely NOT call you to let you know they are not coming after all. Sad but very true.
Here are a couple of posts I wrote that deal with issues sellers will want to avoid to make sure their home sells quickly and for top dollar â€¦
What Realtors HATE When Showing Homes To Buyers â€“ Top 10 List
Top 15 Things A Listing Agent Wonâ€™t Tell Sellers â€¦ (But REALLY Should â€¦)