Most of my listings are pretty easy to show. Normally the showing instructions say "Call first, leave a message, and then show." But like a lot of us, once in a while I get one with access issues.
This time it's called doggy and alarm system. When the owner isn't home, I have to meet agents. And I try to make it as easy as possible to show, even on pretty short notice.
Whenever I've shown houses that involved meeting agents, I made it clear to my buyers that we had to get there on time. If it's one of those situations where I know the buyers are always late or we're going from the train station or airport to the house, I will suggest that I call the agent twenty minutes or so out.
Usually, the houses with access complications are the big, expensive ones. And I don't want to get a reputation, especially wtih the mansion market agents, for being a flake who shows up late.
And I think almost all the agents I know are really considerate, whatever side of the transaction they may be on. So, the other day, I was surprised when a colleague stood me up at a listing, following two conversations - one to set up the appointment and then he called back to reconfirm. Then he no-showed with no call or anything!
So I guess it's just about being polite - about doing what you say you will do (in this case showing up) or calling to try to rearrange things.
So, while I won't badmouth the no-show agent to my colleagues, but I'm Irish! I never forget stuff like this, and I've made a judgement that this agent is a flake!