WILL VIEWING HOMES IN THE RAIN BE A WASHOUT?

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Real Estate Agent with Exit on the Hudson Realty

 

 

WILL VIEWING HOMES IN THE RAIN BE A WASHOUT? 

 

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I woke up this morning at the sound of a thunder clap, and I realized that I had appointments with some families to view homes.  I was waiting for their call to cancel when I thought they would ask WILL VIEWING HOMES IN THE RAIN BE A WASHOUT?

 

 

 

VIEWING HOMES IN THE RAIN is never A WASHOUT.  In fact, it may be the best way to show a home.  Why?

  1. Less competition
  2. Dampness in basement
  3. Less people on the road

 

Don't let the rain put a damper on viewing homes!  Wanna see some beautiful Bergen County homes?  Grab your umbrella and LET'S GO!

 

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Karen Seeman Exit on the Hudson Realty

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Comments (18)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I live on the famously "wet coast", and the rain is a constant, no matter the time of year...I agree with you...get to see the "boggy bits", and anything looks good in the sunshine.

Jun 14, 2011 06:29 AM
Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

Haha, Karen... I hope it went well!  Rain is okay, but downpours tend to suck, lol.  Interesting about snow... Though showing while snowing is not a good idea, showing after snoiwng really shows the lay of the land well.

Jun 14, 2011 06:45 AM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

Li-"boggy bits" sounds like tasty hors d'houevres.  You 'wet coasters" sure do have a keen way of expression.  Seeing a home in sunshine is like a first date.  You hope to get a great first impression ;  ) 

 

 

 

 

Jun 14, 2011 05:08 PM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

Let me tell you, Virginia.  We had some adventures today.  Although the rain deluged, we saw 4 homes and one of my clients went to the right address, wrong town.  We even wrote an offer....good day.

Usually, there are more adventures, thrills, chills & spills, when the snow stops coming down.  The snow always has me in awe with its beauty, particularly, the ice on the  branches....like a faiytale.

Jun 14, 2011 05:19 PM
Greg McCown
Century 21 1st American - Tucson, AZ

I would love to be showing homes in the rain right now.  It hasn't rained here since February and it's now 104 degrees outside.  Not to mention, you get the chance to see if the roof is sealed tight.

Jun 15, 2011 12:59 PM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

Of course, the ROOF ; )).  Sorry about your draught.  It's been a very rainy season.  We skip back and forth between very warm to cool and rainy. 

Here's the chance to do something about the weather.  We get to still find the silver lining.  Thanks Greg for your comment.

Jun 16, 2011 03:29 PM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I prefer to show houses AFTER the rain to check for wet basements, leaky roofs, standing water in the yard, etc. But glad that you all grabbed umbrellas and forged ahead!

Jun 23, 2011 02:51 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Karen ~ that's a good point that during a rainy spell, a buyer might better notice things like dampness or even leaks in a home they're viewing.  Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, we get used to having the liquid sunshine here many days of the year  :-)

Jun 23, 2011 05:26 AM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

Lori,  Standing water is also a good thing to be looking for.  That shows if the groundwater is high which will also create havoc for nearly anyone's basement.  Never mind, it creates a muddy mess.

Maureen...."LIQUID SUNSHINE"  I love it!  You know I have plenty of experience with southern Oregon.  How is the weather so different just a few hours drive away?  Southern Oregon, Ashland, to be specific has temperate weather.  There weather is the same as the northeast.  It is never reported properly on any weather station or channel I have ever seen.

Both of your comments are terrific ; )  

Jun 23, 2011 06:20 AM
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
Broker-Owner

The best way to ascertain that a basement is dry is to see it in wet weather. The proof is in the firsthand experience. Well said Karen. 

Jun 24, 2011 03:47 AM
Dee Mayers
Covina, CA
San Gabriel Valley, CA

I prefer a sunny day that way you can take a look a both the inside and outside.  But rainy days have their advantages too.  You can see if water pools in the driveway or at the front door, if water runs back towards the house, if the roof is leaking, and so on. 

If you have a client that is willing to view homes on a rainy day, chances are they are committed to finding a home come rain or shine.  That's a keeper!

Jun 25, 2011 02:50 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Karen what a great post, here in California seldom do we have Rain....but when we do people cancel Open Houses, I am with you one hundred per cent that is actually a better time to look:)

Jun 28, 2011 03:04 PM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

J. Philip... thanks for the feedback

Dee ..  I agree with you that buyers that want to look at homes in the rain may tend to be more committed to the process.

Endre .. that's wild about what happens to Open Houses in the rain in California! 

When it is raining, we can still SEE a home.  It's just a little inconvenient.  Sometimes, it is utterly beautiful.  Clients that need to relocate would view homes in any weather.  I love working with motivated buyers. 

Jul 01, 2011 08:39 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Karen - A little rain never hurt anybody unless it's been like the storms we have been having recently.. Yes going to show homes in the rain affords some interesting viewpoints like leaky roofs, water in basements etc etc...

Aug 21, 2011 10:52 AM
Phil Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors® - Rogers, AR
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Hi Karen, I like showing homes in the rain.  You can find water issues without having to dig for them which saves a lot of time.

Sep 30, 2011 03:41 AM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

Good Evening Karen,

Getting a leg up on the competition is always a plus. 

Oct 05, 2011 04:53 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

We get a surprising amount of rain here in NC - as long as the tornados and hurricanes stay away, it's still a great day to see a home!

Nov 03, 2011 11:39 PM
Karen Seeman
Exit on the Hudson Realty - Tenafly, NJ
CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c

@ Robert  You certainly are right: a little rain doesn't hurt anybody.  A lot of rain like Irene in the hurricane can: power outages, downed trees and electric lines.  I wouldn't want to take buyers out at that time for their safety and MINE.  But, most other times it still is a great time to feel the warmth of the home.  That is THE time when a "house" shows like a home.

@ Phil ...hmmm, digging for problems?!  I thought that was the home inspector's job.  My job is to look at the flood map, see that it suits my client's needs.

@ Lloyd Agreed C. Lloyd, we want to ensure that our buyers get every opportunity available to them so that they get the house of their dreams that fits their budget.

@ Penny Keep the excessive rain, hurricanes and tornadoes further south, preferably in the Atlantic Ocean, PLEASE.   

Nov 18, 2011 04:08 AM