As a seller in any market, it is important that you are prepared to have your home shown on a moment's notice. In the tight real estate market the Marshfield area is currently in, allowing showings is imperative if you want your home to sell! Recently I was representing a buyer client who had written an offer on a property. The day that we had an appointment to finish negotiations on that property, a new listing came on the market. This new listing was in the exact neighborhood that the buyer wanted to be in, was priced right and a very good possibility for my client. I made a call to the listing agent to find out if the seller would allow us to go through their home in about an hour. The listing agent made a call and the seller approved our showing.
I called my client and let him know to meet me at the new listing prior to his making a decision on the first property. We viewed the new listing, which was in immaculate showing condition even on such short notice, and went back to my office to discuss things. The buyer was impressed with the new listing. I performed a market analysis, which we went over, and he decided to reject the counter offer from the sellers we were negotiating with and write an offer on the new listing. It was a great offer and the sellers ended up with an accepted offer the first day their home was on the market.
The importance of allowing showings, even when they are short notice, can not be understated. As a seller, you really need to understand exactly what is at stake when you turn down a showing. If these sellers had not allowed for a short notice showing, this buyer would never have had an opportunity to put in an offer. If the sellers had not kept their home in "show ready" condition, this buyer may not have written an offer on it. These sellers were well-informed by their listing agent as to what condition a buyer expects a home to be in and how important allowing short notice showings is. If you were that seller, what would you have done?