I was planning on writing about this subject, but just so happened on a post by J. Phlip Feranda about Jason Crouch's post on the matter today. Uncooperative sellers. Since Jason seemed to have unearthed a bunch of comments about how he should or should not have done things, I'll start my post by saying that in Northern Virginia, we follow whatever the Listing Agent has entered in the MLS. Most times we are instructed to call the Sellers directly. Sometimes, there is a showing service to call. And rarely, we are to call the Listing Agents for scheduling. Whatever is noted, we do. Please keep that in mind when you comment.
In the last few months, through all the various means we are instructed to schedule showings, I have seen more rejected show requests than I have seen for all the rest of my seven plus year real estate career. What's with Sellers trying to schedule with ME a better time for their home to be shown. Do they not understand that my buyers and I have already coordinated a day and allotted hours for a home tour? Just because Wednesday between 4pm & 6pm is no good for them, what makes them think their house is so flippin' special, or that we will have the availability to see it, on Thursday exactly at 7pm? Sorry. It doesn't work that way. Buyer and their agents have to schedule time to work with one another. And when we've come together with our schedules, either you want your home to be shown, or you don't.
Sellers, I'm sorry, but having your home on the market is inconvenient. It sucks to make your bed everyday, pick up your dirty clothes, make arrangements for the dog and so on. That's life. It's what you signed up for the minute you put your home on the market. Given the nature of the Northern Virginia marketplace, the more you can go with the flow of what works for Buyers and their Agents, the less time you will spend on the market. We are in a seller's market, but that doesn't mean that world revolves around your schedule. Sure. Reject the showings. That's fine. As I tell my Buyers, the harder it is to get in to see a home is a really good indicator of how it's going to be to actually work with the Seller. That's why, if we've followed the instructions and attempted to schedule at a time deemed suitable per the MLS, and you've rejected us, we're not likely to come back another day. Next!