In our market unless requested by the seller (and you can do that !) the showings are scheduled by the selling broker with the seller directly. You can specify times/dates when you want/donâ€™t want your home to be shown. In reality it is hard for a listing agent to accompany all potential buyers especially if they are working with an agent.
Good luck! I hope your home sells fast.
Remax Eastside Brokers
206 412 7792
Accessability is important, so is taking care of your clients needs.
The showings are basically determined between you and your listing agent based our your particular living situation. You may have pets, a new baby, small children or perhaps an elderly person or someone that is not well that resides with you. That could dictate an appointment to show, phone call or your agent to accompany or be there for the showing. A lockbox with a required phone call to your agent is not a bad idea if you can accomodate that scenerio. The easier you can make the property available to a buyer the better the chance you have to get your home sold. This is a market that has quiet a lot of inventory so pricing, availablity and condition also make a great big difference. Keeping the home as easy to see as possible is a good step in the right direction to a sale. Best of Luck!
Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
PNJP - Caldwell
973-228-1000 ext 132
You question comes under the topic of "Accessibility".
The more accessible a listing is, the more Realtors and buyers can see it.
Here's an example. There is a listing that my clients wanted to see.
No lockbox, no showings Saturdays or Sundays, no showings on Weekends, appointment to show only through agent. How accessible is that listing?
Another example is a listing that is vacant. The showing instructions says "Lock box front door. (acutally it says LBFD). Go Direct" Now, that's easy.
So most listings with owners occupying the home have arrangements in the middle.
Some will say :Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm call first, then go direct. Sat. & Sun. 10am CFLB (Call First Lock Box" Go Direct".
Some will say "Agent accompanies. Call with at least two hour notice. Babies sleeping."
Another one "Dogs on the property. Call first, if no answer, go direct, do not go into back yard."
After reading all these you can see that if a Realtor is setting up showings for a client, the listings that are easiest to show will probably be shown more often. In some cases if the owners are out during the day, the instructions can be to call the broker's office, and they arrange, corrdinate all showings. In other cases the instructions call be to call the owner on their cell, just so the owner knows that someone is coming.
This also means that while yoru home is "on the market" that it is in "showing condition" each morning as you head off to work.
I hope this helps.
If you don't make your house REALLY easy to show, then agents will avoid it like the plague. Some sellers actually force the listing agent to attend all showings. If you do that, you are pretty much guaranteeing that no one is going to want to show your home. At best, they'll show it last when there is simply nothing else left to show their buyer.