I'm in the market... My family is 'thinking' of buying a new home. And while I spend a lot of time with other buyers, it is a different beast when putting MY money on the line. It shouldn't be... but it is. I think it is a fantastic learning opportunity for me. So, this is a series of posts about the things I am 'unlearning' as a real estate professional, and learning from the buyer's seat.
As a buyer, I would love to see your house. But... I don't really want to meet you there. Actually, I don't want to meet your agent their, either. We want to be free to discuss the house and how it fits (or doesn't fit) our needs and desires. Honestly, we ARE going to make some biting remarks about the decor, paint choices, wallpaper and anything else we don't like.
I certainly don't want to have to bend my schedule to wait until you are off work (it happens to be EXACTLY when my 2 year old is down for his nap...). It might be different if your house wasn't actually vacant and without furniture.
Having more than one picture on the listing might have helped, too. But, while the description talked about how amazing the house was, it only showed an average exterior... one shot. There is room for 20 on the MLS. The competition... the 10 other homes in the price range in the same subdivision ALL had multiple pictures. The 18 homes that are districted for the same Elementary School had multiple pictures... except that fully trashed foreclosure. But it didn't require an appointment during my son's nap time to visit.
I understand that you don't think anyone can show your house as well as you can. You know EVERYTHING about the property, and if you show the property, you are right there to answer any concerns or point out any subtle advantages your home has over the competition. But buyers... us included... want to be free to discuss what we like and don't like about the property. And with a seller trailing along... or in the next room... or the driveway... we just don't feel comfortable doing that. So, rather than 'basking' in your home and giving it time to grow on us, we end up hurrying out.
Through the use of tools like the Supra Lockbox, your agent will know exactly who has accessed the home, and when. Agents can't just give them their key... unless they are looking to find a different profession. There is no lockbox code to allow them free access to the house.
I hate to be blunt, and we might have not chosen your house even if we DID see it... but it didn't have a chance.
Keep in mind, I don't think it is your fault. I blame your real estate agent. It isn't a limited service, MLS only brokerage... it is a full service broker. But the agent should not have accepted the listing with the restrictions you wanted to place on viewing the property. And if the restriction came from the agent, you shouldn't have listed with that agent... the restrictions are seriously inhibiting your ability to sell your property.
Maybe next time.