Having Your Home Listed Is A Major Pain In The Butt.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

Amanda and I had a listing appointment last week.  The sellers were a family of five, with three young children and two big dogs.  They had a lovely home, but you could certainly tell that they had young kids...  and dogs.  

After walking throught the home, we advised them to paint a few of the kid's rooms, and definitely have the carpets cleaned to help get rid of the pet odor.  

We discussed how the process works, and that our office would call them when a showing request came in.  We told them that they really needed to have their home ready to show on short notice so they wouldn't miss any opportunities.  

It was at that point that the wife said "Man.  Having your home listed is a major pain in the butt!"  (She didn't say butt, but I'm trying to be professional here.)  We all had a chuckle.  

It's true though.  Having your home listed is a major pain in the butt.  You need to keep it as clean as possible, and you need to be ready to pack up the kids and dogs on short notice.  

We have had some sellers say that they want 24 hour notice on showings.  That's fine, but the Fort Wayne real estate market is hot.  Buyers are buying, and they are buying quickly.  Just yesterday I set up a showing with two hours notice for one of my buyers followed by an offer to purchase.  

We aren't trying to tell you not to list and sell your home, we are just saying that yes...  it is a pain in the butt.  


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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


Jared Christiansen is a business partner and in charge of marketing and taking care of things behind the scene.


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Amanda can be reached at 260-704-0843, and Jared can be reached at 260-704-0842, or you can email us at JaredChristiansen@gmail.com, or Amanda427@gmail.com.




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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Yes, a pain in the a$$ but you wil get a lot more $$$$$$ with a little effort. . good reminder !


Aug 04, 2012 11:54 PM #1
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

A family with a full house of kids and pets is always a hard situation to be able to show a home on a few hours notice.

Aug 05, 2012 12:00 AM #2
Pam Sitterly
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

It really is a pain. That's why it is smart to make it look like a model, price it right, and get it sold quickly. Relieve the pain and move on.

Aug 05, 2012 12:05 AM #3
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Good reminder, Jared & Amanda!  Yes, keeping your home in show-ready condition is challenging.  But, as they say ... "it is what it is" and so important to increasing chances of success.

Aug 05, 2012 12:08 AM #4
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

There is nothing wrong with 24 hour notice, and with little kids, that may be necessary due to their schedules. If the market is so hot, this would not matter. In a cold market the more hurdles make a difference. 

Aug 05, 2012 12:20 AM #5
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Erv:  I'm not saying that 24 hour notice is a terrible thing.  I'm saying that if you can avoid it, please do.  

Aug 05, 2012 12:27 AM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

People!  One day I'll understand them..............or not!  It probably won't happen if it hasn't happened in 62 years.  Oh well!

Aug 05, 2012 12:30 AM #7
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

And please take the dogs with you. Nobody wants Kujo staring them down during the tour!

Aug 05, 2012 12:37 AM #8
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Yes sir Jared listing a home is always a pain in the tail then factor in kids and dogs well it turn into a royal pain.  I get it but if one is motivated they can and will keep the home looking in top notch condition for those short notice showings.  For the record those short notice showings are going to happen and indeed often bring the perfect home buyer!

Aug 05, 2012 01:38 AM #9
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Yes, it's easier to keep a house showing ready with dogs than kids most times.  Once you've cleaned the carpet and washed their bedding, your pretty much done.  But kids, with their cartoon wallpapers, toys everywhere, and constant messing things up can be a real challenge.   Like Pam said, price it right and get out fast.

Aug 05, 2012 01:39 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Yes it's a pain, but the more of an inconvenience you make it (by doing it right) the faster the whole ordeal can be over with and you can go on with your life!

Aug 05, 2012 02:22 AM #11
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

As long as it's just showings that's a pain in the butt...and not their Realtor, you're good to go.

Aug 05, 2012 02:39 AM #12
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

You've done well in working with your selling clients. The fact is, it takes real commitment that is a pain in the behind! I have a one word definition for the word commitment. Simply put - Inconvenience. A commitment to sell will definitely come with a price. Most often, the price will be much more than bargained for - INCONVENIENCE!!!

Aug 05, 2012 03:32 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't think people realize what's REALLY involved until their agent is walking through the home and making notes with them of things to do to get show ready.  

Aug 05, 2012 04:19 AM #14
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

I cannot imagine having to pack up the kids, the dog, and cleaning up for all those showings.  But it has to be done.  Here though, with the lack of inventory, I think the owners could stay in bed for a tour.  Buyers are not going to mind one bit :)

Aug 05, 2012 06:04 AM #15
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Jared, a 24 hour notice isn't a HUGE deal, unless someone is scheduling homes for tomorrow. If the market is hot, like it is now, they'll skip that house. That doesn't help the home owners.

Aug 05, 2012 10:04 AM #16
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jared, We've had a conversation with several of our sellers and what they want isn't necessarily 24 hour notice but just prior day notice so they can arrange their work schedules appropriately.  Still, it's a hassle to have your home on the market unless the seller is one of the lucky ones that it gets done right out of the chute before all the showings gets tiresome.

Aug 05, 2012 08:39 PM #17
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