Warren County Ohio Real Estate News and Observations: Before You Say No To The Showing Request

Before You Say No To The Showing Request

just say no?  maybe not.It can certainly be inconvenient to sell your home.

You've got to keep the home "show ready" ALL the time.

You never know on a given day if you'll have 10 showings or none.

Sometimes you get almost no notice, sometimes you get the request days in advance.

You're trying to balance a normal life with getting your home sold.  And the hassle of packing up the dogs and the kids before every showing and disappearing for an hour or more gets old FAST.

But it's part of the process to get your home sold.

And there are times you'll probably be tempted to say NO to a showing.  It's your right to do so, but there are some things to consider.

You never know when the buyer you say No to is THE ONE. 

And while it might seem strange that a buyer could ONLY see a home in a certain time frame, but it happens.  We've had buyers come in for a ONE DAY home shopping spree.  They plan to buy a house THAT DAY, and they do.  There won't be another day.

And while on the surface it might seem pretty minor to say "I can't do the showing at 2, can you come back at 6?", the reality is it is often more complicated than you think.

For starters, obviously I've got to find a time slot that works for the buyer AND me AND any showing restrictions published for a home.

While a buyer may be looking at ONLY your home, chances are they're looking at a set of houses.  As an agent I set up an itinerary that takes into account which houses are vacant, when traffic will be busy, how far apart homes are, even something as small as "how many left turns across traffic will be needed?".  So once I've set up that plan, I put in my showing requests.  When houses 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7 so okay but #5 says NO, it can be pretty disruptive to the showing plans.

And whether it's meant or not, sometimes the perception to that NO is that the home seller isn't motivated to sell, or will be a pain to work with, so if the home is borderline on the buyer's wish list, the decision may be made (by the buyer) to just drop the home off the list.  And the shame of it is, if the buyer had walked through the door, they just might have fallen in love with the home.

Look, I know there are times you'll have to say NO.  The whole family down with the flu?  Thank you for not exposing us to the virus!  It's your kid's 4th birthday?  Of course you're not going to move the party! 

But obviously, the more showings you can accommodate, the better the odds the right buyer gets through the door and you get your home under contract and you can finally return to a normal life again!

Ready to talk  Cincinnati area real estate?  Just give us a call  at 513-520-5305 or email Liz@LizSpear.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bill & Liz aka BLiz



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Comment balloon 7 commentsLiz and Bill Spear • July 22 2018 05:42PM


Selling your home can be pain in you know where.  Constant requests some with no notice and you pretty much got to keep in show condition all the time. But that's the nature of the beast, so get with the program!!!

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 5 months ago

Great advise! 

Want to sell - keep your place in order!

Posted by Evelina Tsigelnitskaya, www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931 (SIB Realty) 5 months ago

Bill- the more they restrict showings, the longer the house will be on the market. It's that simple. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Good morning Liz and Bill.  I try my best to advise sellers of this. Unfortunately, some just don't understand and make selling their homes much more difficult.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

I totally agree.

If I have to show 6-7 homes (or more) to one particular person, I put everything in a driving order that makes sense, and start making appointments. I have had seller's agent ask me if I can show their house at a different time that would be almost impossible to make since many of the homes are quite a distance apart. Often, the answer is "no" - this is when the buyer is available.

Also, I seem to have a lot of clients who are moving to my area from NYC. They often have one specific day when they can come up. If they don't see a house that day, they don't see it.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 4 months ago

Good morning Bill,

I'm glad that Gabe Sanders re-blogged your post. I missed it! A buyer can't make a decision to purchase your home if they they can't see it!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 4 months ago

If we get a message from our showing company that a showing was rejected...we have "the talk" and make sure another time was suggested.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 4 months ago