What Can You Do During That Showing Appointment?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

TimeWhat Can You Do During That Showing Appointment?

Okay, so our marketing has done it's job for your Warren County home.  You've got a showing appointment and you know why we don't want you there while the buyers and their agent are touring your home, trust us, it's for your own protection.  They've scheduled an hour or more window, and we don't know if they'll show up at 10, 10:30 or 10:55 to start their tour.  They may only be at your home 5 minutes, or an hour if they absolutely love it. 

What can you do with your time?  Your options obviously vary according to whether you have toddlers and pets, so here are some choices:

Visit the neighbors.  Have a cup of coffee, maybe they've got friends that want to move to the neighborhood?

Park down the street and watch your house.  You'll have the inside scoop on the potential buyers and you'll be able to pop back in the minute they leave.  Maybe you've got a book on tape to listen to, and DVDs to keep the kiddies entertained.

Head to the local dog park.  Let Fido stretch his legs and you get some outside time.  Beware the doggie landmines!
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Head to a movie!

Go for a stroll in downtown Lebanon.  Have a cheeseburger at Village Ice Cream, cupcakes at Frost or chocolate down at Golden Turtle.  Browse the antique stores.

Ride the Lebanon Mason & Monroe train.

Go to the local library.

Head to the park.  Round of Frisbee golf anyone?  Work on your tennis stroke.  Jog.  Birdwatch.  People watch.

Countryside YMCA or Mason Community Center.  You could spend all day at either and not run out of recreation.

Go chase the little white ball.  LOTS of golf courses in Warren County.

Head to the pool.  Don't forget your sunscreen!

Have you ever been to Warren County History Museum or Glendower Mansion?

Go biking on the Little Miami River Trail.

Kayak or canoe on the Little Miami River.

Got a season pass to Kings Island?  Go take a few laps on the roller coasters or ride the waves in Soak City!

Play a couple of rounds of miniature golf!

Downtown Cincinnati skylineHead down to Cincinnati or Newport.  Aquarium, art museum, Taft, The Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Zoo and a whole lot more.

Go to Dayton.  Air Force Museum, more art, more museums, more parks, more choices.

Volunteer work anyone?  You can bet the local United Way can give you a long list of organizations in need of some help.

Go to the local nursery and browse the plants you might want for your new home!

Got relatives in the area?  Pay them a visit....although after the 20th showing they might tell you to get lost!

Go fishing!  Armco Park, Caesar's Creek, Lake Isabella.  They all make it easy.

Weekend?  Head to the flea market!  Several to choose from and you can spend hours wandering the aisles and booths.

Outlet centers.  Another place to get lost for days.

Entertrainment Junction.  The kids will LOVE this one.  How can you go wrong with trains?

Try that new restaurant, especially if it's lunchtime.  Prices are cheaper and you'll find out if you want to go back for dinner.

Get the feeling we're just scratching the surface?  You're lucky enough to live in Warren County, so you've got the luxury of MANY choices!   They don't call Warren County Ohio's Largest Playground for no reason!

Questions about selling your Warren County home?  Don't hesitate to contact us!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
BLiz....I love this one! Not only do you explain to Sellers that they need to leave, you also showcase all the great things to do in Warren County Ohio.
May 30, 2012 11:14 AM #21
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

BLiz, this is awesome! Gave me an idea for a series of blogs. you should split this up into multiples. It'll go a long way!

May 30, 2012 11:24 AM #22
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a great post what to do anything but be at the house:)

May 30, 2012 11:34 AM #23
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Fabulous list - I agree with Endre (#24). . . as long as they are gone!  You put some really fun ideas together.  I've bookmarked this one!

May 30, 2012 11:49 AM #24
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Bill and Liz:

Your post is like a localism post for sellers.  Great idea and maybe worth creating one for my sellers.  Thanks for the idea.

May 30, 2012 12:24 PM #25
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Great suggestions for ways to explore the community and kill time at the same time. Buyers and their agents can really sense if they are being watched, sop lease don't sit down the street and watch and time our showing from entrance to exit. We can see you....you are not invisible.
May 30, 2012 12:40 PM #26
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Great way to highlight the local things to do and also make the point of not being home during the showing.  Nice. 

May 30, 2012 01:09 PM #27
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Christine, Not ALL of them, just a bunch of them :)

Eric, You know us, not a series production house.  One and done on most topics, even if it runs long.

Endre, Yes, ANY place but home please!

Joy, Anita Clark's post about not being home triggered a "well what can they do so they're not home?" :)

Evelyn, It's something I think we can all adapt to our areas.

Karen, We give all our sellers a special cloaking device that makes them invisible.  Borrowed the technology from the Klingons.

Judi, Going for the twofer! :)

May 30, 2012 01:23 PM #28
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
That is a good blog post to create for any market area. I may do my version here!
May 30, 2012 08:03 PM #29
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Cheryl, I'm sure your area has equivalent options, with going out and getting a good crabcake high on the list :)

May 30, 2012 08:10 PM #30
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

We had one seller that would park a block away and watch the people that went through.  I usually recommend our sellers to go somewhere farther away than that.  

May 30, 2012 10:29 PM #31
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Jared, We've had at least one that did that, and see what she saw in #21.  Pretty bad reflection on our peers.

May 30, 2012 10:40 PM #32
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

I am glad you didn't have hover over them and un-sell your home on the list.  I see that all to frequently.

May 31, 2012 01:03 AM #33
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Randy, DEFINITELY we want them gone.  The flip side is the agents that show up early, that throws everything off schedule.

May 31, 2012 01:08 AM #34
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

Excellent - plenty of things to do.  One thing to don't:  Don't keep driving past the house to try to see what is happening.

May 31, 2012 06:51 AM #35
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Kathryn, No doubt, after that 6th pass of the minivan, even someone not paying attention is going to realize it.  I know we've picked up on that behavior before when we're showing homes.  Actually kind of amusing.  Doesn't necessarily make the buyers get done any faster though!

May 31, 2012 09:08 AM #36
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh!  Great minds!  I just wrote a post about vacating the property during showings--it does NOTHING but, bring bad luck!  I took buyers through one last week and I wish I'd had a stop-watch--it HAD to have been less than 60-seconds.  They couldn't get out of the house fast enough.  The sad thing is, that the home is a perfect fit for the buyers' parameters but, this seller lost out.  My buyer decided upon another one; had they gotten a GOOD look at the one the seller remained in, we may be working on a whole other transaction right now.  So sad but, true.

Have a great week...

Jun 03, 2012 01:49 PM #37
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Debe, Buyers are rarely comfortable with sellers there, and depending on what the sellers do/say, even the tolerant buyers can want out in a huge hurry.  It's just not a good scenario for selling a home.

Jun 03, 2012 08:14 PM #38
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Great post. I enjoyed reading it. Have a great day!

Jan 20, 2013 05:12 PM #39
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Mike, Glad you liked it!

Jan 20, 2013 07:50 PM #40
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