Tom Branch a Broker Associate wrote this about his market in Texas. Tom wrote "Try not to reduce the showing window to less than 2 hours."
I always schedule in one hour increments when I am showing homes in Central Ohio. I believe one hour increments are the most common in Central Ohio but with a showing service scheduling the appointments maybe others are scheduling longer appointments.
Other than the difference in time frame Tom's post is good advice for sellers. Don't make showing your home difficult. Buyers and agents will pass on it... there are plenty of homes to show out there.
Thanks Tom for allowing the Re-Blog!
I was scheduling showings this weekend for a couple of potential buyers. I selected the properties and called the showing service to set up times to show them. In this market, I'm always amazed by the showing restrictions. I was told the seller requires a 48-hour notice and a 30-minute showing window for all appointments and the home is vacant! I passed on showing it.
As a heavy listing agent (75+ per year), I understand there are times when restrictions are necessary due to special circumstances such as a baby, home schooling, elderly or sick occupants, etc.
However, if a seller makes the home too difficult to show, busy agents will pass it up. If you have to have notice, ask your agent to put the restriction and reason in the private remarks section of MLS. Most of us are very understanding and will try to accommodate the need for advance notice.
Try not to reduce the showing window to less than 2 hours. The amount of time a buyer spends in a property varies with their interest. If your home is the fifth showing of the day, it is very difficult to plan on a 30-minute window.
Buyers need to understand that it's not always possible to show a home at the last minute as well. Routes need to be set up and showings scheduled in advance.
A little planning and courtesy can go a long way for both parties!
Tom Branch and Gina Branch, The Branch Team with RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs, service the greater North Dallas suburbs including Plano, Allen, McKinney, Frisco, Lewisville, and Carrollton. While Gina concentrates on traditional listings and buyer/tenant representation, Tom specializes in assisting distressed homeowners to avoid foreclosure. Tom and Gina have published two books (Achieving Rock Star Status and The Field Guide to Short Sales) and are available for speaking engagements in the greater Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex.
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