Showing on Sunday? Come On!

By
Real Estate Agent with Realty Professionals, Inc.

I had to drop by the office because of a tenant issue I am working on and thought that I would take a moment and make this blog.

It is Sunday afternoon and I usually do not carry my cell phone with me to Church or to dinner with some friends after Church, I think it would be rude on my part. 

An agent wanted to show one of my listings, which I own, like immediately.  She didn't get ahold of me.  She decided to go right over to the house with her customer/clients and knock on the door.  The people were home and my tenants let her and others in the house.  My tenants just got home from church and the house was a mess and just finished up lunch.  They went ahead and let them come in because they didn't want me mad at them for not letting these people in.  Come on people, this is Sunday!  Yes, it is good to get a customer looking but out of respect for the occupants, get permission first, specially on Sunday!

I called the tenants and apologized for the interuption.  The end of the story, I called the agent and she told me what happened.  I told her that she needs to get permission first before going and that if she would have talked to me, she would have found out that the house was put under contract yesterday.

YES! I want you to show my listings!  BUT please get permission - you don't know what may e going on.

Thanks, I feel better now!

I am a Realtor in Searcy, Arkansas and I sell new homes, existing homes, commercial property, farms and land as well as manage and own rental properties.  If you are looking for real estate for an investment or a home, I will be glad to assist you!  You can call my personal cell number at 501-278-7659 or e-mail me at Larry@Searcy4Sale.com.

Comments (10)

Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Larry, unfortunately we get many, many clients that have to come in on Sunday and see homes.  I work with many doctors and other professionals that work Monday through Saturday and only have one day.   I understand it's a huge disruption to tenants, but my tenant occupied listings know that weekends are busy and many times not a lot of notice is given to either the occupant or the agent. 
Mar 02, 2008 10:37 AM
Josh Perrington
Arkshire Financial - Marietta, GA
Larry - it's good to vent huh?  Suggestion though...make these type blogs as "Members Only" so the general public doesn't stumble across you know?  Congrats on the contract man!!
Mar 02, 2008 10:43 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

If there are special showing instructions, you need to make them very clear in the MLS listing. We have a flag that says CALL AGENT BEFORE SHOWING and if it is marked, then it is gospel!

Mar 02, 2008 10:43 AM
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana
Couldn't agree more.  That is a rude agent and needs to be fussed at.
Mar 02, 2008 11:21 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
It is rude to go unannounced. If you are showing property on Sunday, schedule the day before, please!
Mar 02, 2008 11:51 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

I can understand the need to call ahead if at all possible (if no MLS instructions) but, sometimes you are just driving by, and the Buyer says....stop I want to see that house.  We never know what they want, even though we have set appointments for them. 

Another thing is the listing agent can tell the tenants to be prepared, it might happen someone just knocks, and give them your Instructions....like call you, or have them come back in an hour, or whatever makes everyone a little more comfortable with a Sunday Showing.  Just my opinion :)

Mar 03, 2008 04:29 AM
Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO,
RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR - Searcy, AR

Larry,

I can't imagine someone doing this, to barge in without an appointment.  What were they thinking?

Mar 03, 2008 12:46 PM
Pat Travasos
Donnie Jarreau Companies - Brusly, LA

Larry

I had an agent do this to my client early Saturday am.  The client was still sleeping and rang the door bell.

My client called and I really got a ear full.  I didn't blame him at all.   

Mar 03, 2008 10:47 PM
Brian Kreick
Willinger Real Estate - Wenatchee, WA
I tell sellers not to let anyone in that comes to the door.  Agents need to show respect to sellers or tenants and make an appointment.  You don't really know who is knocking on the door.  How do you know they are an agent and not a thief?
Mar 04, 2008 01:44 AM
Ryan Martin
Pacific Continental Realty, LLC - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Commercial RE Broker

#1 Agents should be respectful of the showing instructions at ALL times.

#2 If you are in real estate, Sunday is another work day. *Unless it is football season ;-)

Mar 04, 2008 08:31 AM