An agent may be driving one of these out of town clients through the neighborhood. They say what about that home. It's pulled up on a mobile device, appointment only is noted, a call is made with no answer and the agent says we'll check it out later. Later never comes.
Price and time on the market is a function of how many people view your home. The fewer people that see your home the lower the price and longer the time on the market. Easy access says my home is available. I am highly motivated to sell. I want to make your job selling my home easy and convenient. Isnâ€™t that that the marketing message you want to send? This is especially true where the majority of buyers and the agents representing them are on a very short time frame to make a decision. Agents pick the homes that are accessible and easy to sell first. Only after all those are selected are the more difficult to show homes selected.
There are very few circumstances where I would recommend appointment only to a client.
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If I am the listing agent, I prefer using a SUPRA type lock box. The stay away from combo lock boxes. As the listing agent you want to make sure you give the home maxiumum exposure. Shown by appt simply will limit the amount of viewings.
As a buyer's agent I surely prefer a lock box vs shown by appointment only. When I am out with a buyer, I may have four properties lined up to show them. When you have to make appointments to show a home it makes your task a little harder. I my area I often times run across shown by appt only listings that have pretty restrictive showing times. In many cacses I am not able to show these homes at all, as my clients schedules can not meet the strict showing times.
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How long do you plan for your house to be on the market?
This is all about price, and your non-negotiable terms, and making those very simple for buyers to understand.
At a take it or leave it price, you will attract 8-10 showings and your Realtor will line them up over like 2 or three days. You probably have a reasonable take it or leave it price in mind - use that. It's your market in Milton, because there are probably buyers clamoring for exactly what you have to sell.
Take offers - call for highest and best - don't accept a single one if they are not a win-win.
Plan B starts if it's not under contract after three days on market. Better than implementing plan B next season.
Plan B should start with a lockbox, 95% of the time. But first, reconsider plan A.
There is tremendous certainty in this market for savvy sellers - the price is so easy to call - get over the idea that you know more than recent appraised SOLD property data - the data is the data, and in a seller's market there is certainty.
And, plan A is way better than you keeping things neat...for weeks and weeks and weeks...waiting for hosted appointments. Most of the time. Maybe you like having guests over infrequently.
A lockbox is very convenient and easily arranged with plenty of notice - we want you out of the house, and unless the listing agent has such superior architectural, historical or psycho-graphic community knowhow that they must host a tour, then the buyer probably doesn't care to hear from a talkative salesperson playing the role of tour guide.
It all depends on the property and the location.
In general, if there are a lot of details that are important to the sale of the home, your listing agent may
want to be present at each of the showings, then a lock box is not required, but that will require coordination between two busy Realtors the Sellers and the Buyers....
If you have a lock box, thee are various types, discuss it with your listing agent, what is safer what is not
where to place it etc.
If you are working with a Realtor who will list and market your home, he or she should be able to explain
all to you. For high end homes with valuable decor, and details not readily seen, I usually accompany all
showings, otherwise by electronic lockbox...
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It just takes a pretty substantial commitment on your behalf to meet with potential buyers and open up your home to them. You also need to work around other peoples schedules as they may take a day off work to look while your at work.
Also one flaw most self seller make is trying to help tell all about your house and what you did and why during the initial look see by a potential buyer.
You can do it, just becomes much more difficult on your behalf . Plus you need to consider what you might get from a listing agent and the extra 6 to 7% uplift on the house price.
Explain your concerns to your Realtor and ask their suggestions. If you are not listing with a Realtor, please consider doing so. Your home will likely sell faster, at a higher price, with minimal inconvenience to you, than if you go it alone.
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Of course, neither the Buyer nor their Agent would ever want the Seller to be present during a showing. Having a Seller present prevents the Buyer(s) from speaking freely about the home with anyone who is accompanying them. This is the time they need to be discussing what they do and do not like about the home. If the Seller is present, most not will not have these conversations and you are probably going to lose the Buyer.
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I always prefer to have electronic lockboxes but ask buyers to give a few hours notice so the seller can clean up the house (if occupied). I also program the lockbox to the property so it logs everyone who shows the house - for followup and 'security'. Using a lockbox makes it more convenient for buyer's agents (in case the owner is not home at times). It also makes it more convenient for the seller (if occupied) so they don't have to sit around waiting for buyers to show up.