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Lydia Sampson, Real Estate Pro in Reisterstown, MD

48-hours appointment notice to show a house would attract potencial buyers?

Asked by Lydia Sampson, Reisterstown, MD Tue Jun 5, 2012

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Are you asking if 48 hour appointment notice would attract a potential buyer?
If you are, I would have to say NO..It is hard emough to show homes that require 24 hours notice. The less restrictive the showing policy is the more likely you are to find a buyer. There are so many nice homes listed right now and the competition is high, you do not want to do anything to turn buyers away.
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I agree the seller needs to make it as easy as possible for potential buyers and agent to see the property. Having to give a notice so owner/tennant occupied properties have an opportunity to spruce up and be away from the property is acceptable but asking for multiple days could deter people from seeing your house.
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Hello Lydia,

The purpose of any amount of notice prior to showing is to allow the home seller time to prepare the house for the showing, providing the home buyer it's best possible impression. A sink full of dirty dishes un-vacuumed floors and walking over dirty laundry is not conducive to a good showing.

It is always best to be as accommodating as possible when an agent makes a request to see the house.
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More likely to "deter" potential buyers...
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The eassier it is to make a showing appointment the better.
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48 hours notice to show a house reads......"Not a Serious Seller" or "Difficult to Negotiate with".

If anything, it deters buyers.
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Perhaps my grey matter is suffering from fatigue but I can not comprehend a situation where making it more difficult to show a home would be more attractive to potential buyers.

If the seller is incredibly challenged to keep the home show ready I would suggest a few alternatives. Keep in mind, any restrictions will create the potential to lose a potential buyer, but that is the way the cookie crumbles. Working within the ability of your seller takes precedence.

What you must do:
Create a truly effective virtual tour of the home. Sorry, those 30 image slide shows are just more stuff and in reality bring nothing of value to the table. An effective 2 minute tour is what you want.

Every buyer needs to see the tour FIRST. Yep, even if their agent if from your office.
When they acknowledge the memory hook, (an essential component of every effective virtual tour) advise them of the prescheduled showing time. Prescheduled because you and the home owner agreed to two days a week and 3 hours each of those days.

Now, be acutely aware, these buyers ARE predisposed to doing business with you. Set the stage appropriately, acknowledge their fear, then present the appropriate incentive.

Give it some thought. A few day from now the dots will connect and you will see the gold.

Best of success.
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No not really....
It is difficult enough for agents to coordinate between the times a buyer is available and the times
a seller let's a buyer see their home. The easier the Sellers and their agents make it for showings the better for the ability to show whenever the buyers have time.

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To add, 48 hours notice - without any explanation - says two things to a buyer and either or both could apply:
1. difficult / rigid seller
2. lack of regular maintenance if they need time to "clean-up"

An explanation, if their request is for a specific reason, changes things a little bit. I have seen cases where an owner/occupant is elderly and accommodations have to be made for them to leave during showings. Agent remarks is a good place for this kind of info.
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No, a SERIOUS seller willmake their home available for showings between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. all days. Yes, it is going to cause some inconvenience but that's what it takes. We as agents often only get 24 hours notice or less when our clients want to see a home. And there are too many homes on the market to entice a buyer back after a showing is cancelled unless it is an amazing, must have house.
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