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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Seller Tip: When Selling Your Home, Try to Accommodate Showing Requests

Having worked with home buyers in Brevard County for some time now I can tell you that sometimes getting a showing appointment is like pulling teeth!

In a buyer’s market with lots of choices when it comes to selecting homes for viewing, sellers must try their best to accommodate reasonable showing requests.

Most of the buyers I have worked with are considerate as well and only in the most challenging times ask for short notice showings.  Still, there are times when the showing appointment requirements are a bit rigid (extreme) and cause buyers to look elsewhere.

For example, which of the below showing instructions will likely work best to accommodate buyers?
  1. Agent to accompany but need two hours notice.
  2. Vacant, on electronic lock box, please call agent to schedule.
  3. Owner occupied, 24 hours notice required to show.
  4. No showings only weekends.
  5. Owner must be present for all showings.
  6. Owner occupied. One hour notice, if possible, so owner may leave with pet.
I am not going to tell you which is right or wrong but if you were the buyer, in town for the weekend, to look for your new house in Viera, Florida, which would work best?

Gary L. Waters, PLLC, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida
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