Sellers are refusing all showings at this time...

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

The other day I logged onto our MLS and found a couple of very odd things going on there.

First off, there was a 90 year old home for sale in the Foster Park area.  It's a nice area, and the home looked really cute.  3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, tons of original woodwork throughout.  Something like that in that area normally goes for $75,000 - $85,000 all day.  Well, not that day.

This home was listed for a cool $82,000,000.  

Whoops!  I think this listing agent hit 0 a few too many times.  I checked back this morning and the price was changed to $82,000...  where it should be priced.


Then I scrolled through a couple of more listings, and saw this twice:  Sellers are refusing all showings at this time...

Both listings had only 1 picture of the outside of the home, and nothing in the agent or marketing remarks besides the statement above.  It got me thinking.  Why would a seller refuse all showings?  It wasn't a short sale.  I could possibly see that happening there, but it was a "regular" listing.

If I had a seller that was uncooperative and wouldn't let their home be shown, I'd pull the plug.

I've heard of this happening if the seller is sick or injured, but the lack of marketing and agent remarks and pictures makes me curious.  

Any thoughts?

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Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

In this area of 2nd homes we see this alot.  Really alot.  It usually means for us that the seller has company and doesn't want any showings until the guests leave.  In your area, I guess I'd call the listing agent and ask why.  It's probably none of our business but wouldn't it be fun if you had a little extra time just to ask why?

Feb 11, 2013 09:28 PM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I've run into same in my area, just can't understand why they would refuse a showing. It does happen sometimes if husband and wife are on different pages where one wants to sell and the other doesn't but that's not very common. If it was me, I would give the listing back and suggest they find someone else who has more time.

Feb 11, 2013 09:46 PM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning,

If it is a listing a client want's to see you bet I am on the phone finding out why as my client is sure to want to and it shows I am doing my job.

Make yourself a great day.

Feb 11, 2013 09:50 PM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I use "temporarily off the market" for those times when a seller isn't for some valid reason allowing showings when it is more than a day or two.  And when I see one that is obviously priced with too many 00s I call the listing agent and give them a heads up.  I would want them to do the same for me if they saw a mistake I had in there.

Feb 11, 2013 09:55 PM #4
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I've had to call Agents and inquire WHY?  Then report back to my buyers why we can't see the home. 


Feb 11, 2013 11:57 PM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I had a seller refuse showings the other day because she was hosting a birthday party for her kids, but it was one afternoon.  Makes me think if this is a longer term thing, that there may be a repair going on they don't want folks to see happening.

Feb 12, 2013 02:05 AM #6
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Good evening, I would definitely be calling the listing agent to see what is going on.  I pulled up a listing the other day with just outside pictures.  I called the listing agent to see if the house was trashed on the inside since there wer no inside shots.  She just told me that they did not have the time to take inside shots.  What a injustice for her sellers!!

Feb 12, 2013 07:59 AM #7
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi there, I guess the 82 million dollar property got some attention though?  As to the sellers refusing any showings, our MLS would require this listing being withdrawn, after all, what's the point? 

Feb 12, 2013 08:31 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jared we had a couple in the $100m price range:) on  a more serious note I had a listing that I could not even get the seller to let my photographer to come in to the property guess what I never put it in the MLS..... why bother I had it on one of the other web-portals and we received an offer all most at the asking and they did not sell...than I know they were not really sellers.

Feb 12, 2013 09:48 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Jared, We have a policy that until a seller signs a withdrawal of the listing it remains in MLS even if we can't show it. The broker thinks this is motivation to sign the paperwork.

Feb 12, 2013 10:35 AM #10
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Jared, maybe the agent is trying to create hype for this listing. Similar to agents saying, "Will consider all offers submitted by 5 on Sunday."

Feb 12, 2013 10:44 AM #11
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


In our MLS, we have a TEMP OFF status that can be in effect for two weeks. If a listing is ACTIVE, it must be able to be shown.


Feb 12, 2013 10:58 AM #12
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