There are sellers that don't need to sell, or can take their time to do so. They don't care about buyers or agents time and expenses.
Did you see last week a seller posted in this forum looking for an agent willing to list their home for 1.5% listing side and expecting to get openhouses till it sold? Some people have no respect for our industry. (And then again, there are some agents that give us a bad reputation.)
You may need to set up some open house times and try to get other agents to send their clients through the house at those times if the sellers are harder to schedule around their times.
We all know that we are in a seller's market right now. As previous agents mentioned, properties are being sold shortly after they are listed or at least get offers. It certainly is important to let the seller know that their availability and flexibility when it comes to showing the house will increase the chance of them getting a higher offer on the property. It's a good idea to talk about showing times with your seller at the beginning and this way you'll both have a good understanding about when the property can be shown.
All the best,
Majid (Jay) Mirzai
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Of course I guess this type of an explanation could make the seller think they don't have to worry about getting every showing through? Anyone have any thoughts?
I have to admit I have a short sale that the Seller didn't want to be bothered with showings and I told him it was no problem because in fact we received multiple all cash offers "above" what it could possibly appraise for within hours of listing. No nonsense, all cash offers from sophisticated investors that realize it's a free option to buy (no earnest deposit required) so zero risk. It's funny because I received calls from other Realtors that couldn't convince their cash buyer to make a risk free offer sight unseen.
It's a crazy Seller's market right now for townhouses and single family homes. I'm considering switching my focus from working primarily with buyers to working with Sellers only and referring out all non-cash buyers!
Our Showing Desk that is linked directly to our MLS works really well and you can actually put these prohibitively restrictive showing times if you pay the minimal (as low as $29) fee to ShowingDesk. It will even send a text to your Seller and they can instantly reply with Y or N to accept or decline showings. They can even call your client if they prefer not to be texted. It's great because you don't have to even respond to showing requests or miss showing appointment requests. It also keeps track of all showings and requests feedback via email, too. It's very simple for agents to schedule, too, just a quick click on the MLS Showing Button and they can select their appointment time and then it automatically notifies the owner via text, email and/or phone call.
So if we're talking about a regular sale... then yes the Seller should allow showings with 24 hours notice if they actually want to sell their home for top dollar in the shortest amount of time.
Yes, and It's frustrating when trying to make showing appointments only to be told by the Seller's agent that it can only be shown from 8:30 to 10 on a Wednesday when most buyers are working. Then it goes under contract and your client misses out! It's not working in the Seller's best interests because they are missing offers and will sell for less.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
To more directly answer your question "Do you work around these specific times or do you just not show the home?", I will certainly make my buyer customer aware of that the home is available since I want to be sure that the buyer is fully aware of all listings on the market that meet their criteria, and I will leave it up to the buyer to determine if they still want to preview the home. From my experience, unless the home is a rare gem, there are too many other homes available for the buyer to choose from and they usually do before they end up going back through a list of homes with inflexible showing times.