Scheduling a Showing is Not Intended to be a Negotiation!
This comes from a place of creating good will between our sellers (whom we could not survive!) and agents.
Almost every time I go to schedule showings for my buyers unless I'm leaving a voice message for a seller, they somehow feel obligated to make my showing feel like it's more of an intrusion than helping them to sell their home. I get everything from, "Another agent is coming at that time, can you come earlier/later", or "Today is not a good day for (insert reason here)". Granted, there will ALWAYS be exceptions...BUT...
...here are just a few expectations we as listing agents should be setting with our seller clients:
- When an agent calls to show, please try to be as FLEXIBLE as possible to accomodate them. Remember - they might be bringing your buyer!!
- Agents are often on a very tight schedule and often times have multiple clients they need to accomodate in a single day (and especially weekends!)
- Agents are accountable to do thorough preparation, to include giving sellers whose homes they are showing adequate notice
- Due to the volume they are managing, sometimes they are left with little time to plan for their appointments for the day
- Logistics can cause a showing to be earlier or later than planned. If an agent is significantly ahead or behind schedule they should call. If it's within an hour, please be understanding.
- Agents typically treat each other with respect, and ask if it's okay to "share space" while touring a home
Just a few thoughts so we can all work together toward the utopia we all look for...a smooth, uneventful transaction!!