Showing Restrictions?

Real Estate Agent with Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction!

The last few days have been hectic. I've been working with a few new clients that are either buying or looking to rent a home and scheduling can sometimes be a challenge...


where are you going to be at a particular point in time so that you don't inconvenience a seller/landlord anymore than you have to. 

HOWEVER, sometimes that inconvenience is handed off to the buyer/tenant in the form of a SHOWING RESTRICTION.  


Here is a few that I've encountered recently:

1. No showings until further notice--

2. No showings until 6 PM (not always terrible, but right now, it's dark at 6pm and many homes we're seeing are vacant without power so not a good time to be showing!).

3. Agent schedules their own showings and does not return calls/texts (this one is MUY MALO, because that agent isn't doing their seller/landlord justice!)

4. Must provide at least 24 (or even 48) hours notice prior to showings.  

5. No showings during the week.


As a seller/landlord, I understand it's a pain and inconvenience  to "SHOW" your home.  However, any restrictions on showing are NOT in your favor.  If it's HARDER to show your property than someone elses...guess might be left off the list!

One particular person I am working with has a list of 30 "possible" homes to see.  I can't possibly show that many so by process of elimination, any of the restrictions above MIGHT eliminate the home from being shown.  I'm on the clients timeclock, not the seller's.  


I guess all I'm saying is that when selling, sometimes a little inconvenience can make all the difference between selling and sitting on the market.  

Comments (4)

Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Ron,  I bought a house myself a couple of years ago. I remember that there were several that I could never get into because something didn't work for the Seller. It was terribly frustrating.

Feb 21, 2012 03:55 AM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Making buyers and rental prospects aware of these issues ASAP is key to organizing showings successfully * I don't show occupied properties on the weekends and I PREscreen rental prospects prior to meeting them at properties.

Feb 21, 2012 04:00 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Ron -- let's see that leaves Sunday evening after 6, but only if you schedule it before 3 pm on Friday - and the listing agent actually gets the call.  What is so hard about that?  lol

Feb 21, 2012 04:48 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Hi Ron, when you comin over for a visit?  We've visited Katy Mills several times.  Enjoy that neighborhood.

Feb 22, 2012 03:26 PM