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Asked by Harold Sharpe, LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ Fri Feb 5, 2010

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Mark LeMenag…, Agent, Lake Nona Orlando, FL
Sat Feb 6, 2010
If there were a category for dumb questions from professionals on Trulia, this question would have to be in it. Come on Harold, be real.
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Pat & Steve…, Agent, Westlake, OH
Sun Apr 11, 2010
I have never had a Buyer cancel showings because of rain or snow. It is the Clients' decision if they want to cancel
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Michael Russ…, , 75006
Sun Apr 11, 2010
That question becomes more relevant with buyers running out of time for their $8k. There may not be let's go next weekend, now or never, I do show in the rain, snow, whenever. We remove our shoes in the foyer, entrance or mudroom from the garage. You can go inside open the garage door, let the buyers in and shoes can come off in the garage also. It is not neccessary to get water/mud on the carpet I guess is my main point. Be considerate.
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Erica Ramus,…, Agent, Pottsville, PA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
My first reaction was this question must be a joke...
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Ha, Marks answer is funny, but hey we all want to socialize a bit so Harold, to answer your question, only if I have to but good thing it does not rain here much.
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Catherine "C…, Agent, Metuchen, NJ
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Absolutly- and in the snow as well...
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Yeah, Steve, pretty much come winter, it rains and we got to go out anyway.

It is, however, a great time to do home inspections, because you really want to know where the water's going.
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Jo Soss, , Bremerton, WA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Harold, this question just made me laugh because I live in the Pacific Northwest - you know the home of the Mariners and the retractable roof! lol! If I didn't show homes in the rain my business would be impacted! Of course there are umbrellas in my car - but being a true PacNorWester - we don't need no stinkin umbrellas. But I do have them for my out of town clients :)
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Lavina Samta…, Agent, Clarksburg, MD
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Absolutely. These are the buyers that are motivated and ready to go. Blue sky, rain or snow ...they are going to beat the nature to get into their dream home. I will never say NO to a Sale.
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J, , Allegany, NY
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Those are the real serious buyers. Bring an umbrella.
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Steve Tennis…, Agent, McAllen, TX
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Mack, if you waited for it not to rain, you wouldn't have much time to sell right?
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Rain, yes; snow, not so much.

Seattle is a bit delicate about snow. Rain, well, it rains here a lot in the winter. Snow, well, we don't own any snow plows, and we have hills, and auto body shops seed clouds in cold weather hoping for the best.
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Fri Feb 5, 2010
I show in rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, heat, cold, and drizzle............heck, I could be a postal worker..........nothing stops me from delivering.......it might not be the mail, but I dleiver the client! :)
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Feb 5, 2010
The old saying, "the customers always right" definitely applies here.......if the buyer is willing, then so are we!
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Steve Tennis…, Agent, McAllen, TX
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Its cultural with my client base, half of them will not get out in the rain. I will show, if the client is willing to go.
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Dane Hahn, Agent, Englewood, CO
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yup. You?

Dane Hahn
Broker
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Leasing To O…, , Dallas, TX
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Harold....

PLEASEEEEEE tell me that this is not a serious question. You've got to be kidding me.

Thankfully none of the Agents that have previously answered this question said No or "I don't like to get my hair wet or ruin my new dress shoes". I would have had to question their reasoning and also their sanity.

Ms. Erica Ramus summed it up well..."It's not the best way to show houses, but YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO." Now...of course, if the conditions deteriorate to the point where common sense dictates that you call each other to reschedule, then I can possibly start to understand this question.

And you wonder why some of the public has a perception problem when it comes to Real Estate Agents.

Darin
Lease-to-Own Professional
Independent Consultant
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Joseph Runfo…, Agent, Staten Island, NY
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Absolutely!, any weather, any time.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yes, most serious buyers don't really care about weather conditions.
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Erica Ramus,…, Agent, Pottsville, PA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Why not? If we waited for blue sky and fluffy white clouds, we might never show a house!

It's not the best way to show houses, but you do what you have to do.
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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yes, I show in all conditions...short of mandatory evacuation!!!! :)
However, the survivial kit contains:
1. 2 hand umbrellas, 1 golf umbrella
2. 4 waterproof ponchos
3. Towels for drying shoes
4. Booties
5. The "Dear Abby" article that says, "Please take off shoes on white carpets."

Even stash a cooler with beverages and health food to make sure we stay on course and keep all appointments.
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Sandra Paulow, Agent, Pinetop, AZ
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yes, I have shown property in the rain, the snow, and in between. I try really hard to discourage people in the snow though. Slippery roads equals danger and it's my neck on the line if someone is hurt even if it isn't my fault. Too many people drive like idiots in bad weather and they make it dangerous for others on the road.
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Dianne Hicks, Agent, Rancho Bernardo, CA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Harold
Good question and my answer is Yes. I tell my clients... yeah... it is going to rain, let's go. Maybe less buyers out and we will get your offer accepted(laughing... but true, I have said it). Not fun to drive it but if it is going to reduce my clients competition then... let's do it!! I like the rain but would prefer to stay home... maybe I will be a listing agent and then I could (grinning).
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Jeff and Jul…, Agent, San Clemente, CA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yes. I agree with Mike about being able to spot problem areas and leaks while it's raining. Just be sure to bring some booties for your clients to wear.
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Ron Scott,GRI, , Milton, MA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Yes. If I have a showing scheduled and it starts to rain I am sure not going to cancel it.
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Mike Conner, Agent, Olympia, WA
Fri Feb 5, 2010
Up here in the great northwest we have little choice of whether to show listings in the rain. I would only work about half the year if I didn't show in the rain!

For a buyer, the best time to seriously look at a house is in the rain because you can see things like how much natural light really exists and how the grounds handle the water. Leaky gutters and failing drainage systems can be exposed during a rainy day so it can eliminate some headaches down the road.
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