Thank you, John Occhi for this Blog: Pet Peeve: Don't Show Showings
When I was responding to John's blog, the light bulb went off! This would be a great blog and maybe those in our area that are guilty of this will re-think how it affects a Seller.
Here's my (well, my Seller's story):
I received a call from our front desk requesting a "last minute" showing on a listing of mine. Joe Agent had an out of town Buyer and wanted to schedule the showing with 3 hours notice. I called the seller and he agrees to allow the showing,. Mr. Seller leaves work and goes home to prepare his home for the showing (taking 2 hours to clean - single guy!).
Later that day, when he gets home from work, he realizes that they never showed up. He called me. I called the Joe Agent and Joe Agent says. "Oh, sorry, we just never got there! We could drive over now. Would that be ok?"
Hmmmmm I call Mr. Seller (who is already peeved) and he, reluctantly, agrees. "Tell them to give me 15 minutes".
Get this....the Buyers and "Joe Agent" (I say this lightly) show up 5 minutes later. Mr. Seller hasn't even left yet, and I hadn't gotten thru to Joe's cell phone to even confirm the showing!!!!!!
Mr. Seller hurries to leave. He doesn't even get very far down the street in his car when he looks in his rear view mirror and sees them LEAVING!!!!!!! The Buyers and their "agent" were in and out of the house in less than 5 minutes. Get this, the house is 7,000 sq. ft. and priced at mid $800k!
"Agents" like ythis need to revisit Real Estate etiquette! In my opinion, these "agents" don't deserve the title to be in the business, let alone have Buyers to work with!
Ever have this happen to you? I also agree with John that a blog with these "agents" names would be a good idea. I think I'll sleep on this one though.
Sellers really put a lot of effort to clean and prepare their homes for showings. Please, please, please: if you've set up a showing and cannot make it. Please call the showing line and leave a message. It really is the LEAST we can do!
Thanks for reading and make it a great day!
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