I Know The Football Game Is On But Your House Is On The Market!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Executives MovingToNova.com

I Know The Football Game Is On But Your House Is On The Market!

Football Game on TV

It's Sunday, the game is on, you're in your 'position' on the couch.  You've got your food, your drinks, and most important, you've got your remote control.  The quarterback locks on to the wide receiver, the team needs this touchdown to win.  He's just about to get sacked when he throws the ball downfield.  He's open, wide open, he's running toward the endzone, he goes up for the catch then.........DING DONG.......the doorbell rings and it's buyers who are stopping by to take a look at your home.

Perfect timing right??? Yes, perfect timing, because this buyer might be the one who falls in love with your home and submits an offer.  That means...you still have to leave for the showing.

I know it's 4th quarter, I know your team needs to score, I know that the buyers 'had all day to come by to see the house'.  But when the doorbell rings, you've got to go!

Even staying in the same room with the TV could hurt your chances with a potential buyer.  What if you are cheering for the team they hate (it could happen), what if they are too timid to look at that one room and are uncomfortable asking you to leave.  What if they really like your house, but can't get past not being able to 'see' the whole house.  They may not have time to come back for a second showing.

The weekends are when most buyers are out looking at homes, so you will likely get more showings on Saturdays and Sundays.  So even if it's for the championship, even if it's 4th quarter and your team really needs this touchdown or field goal to win, even if the game is just starting, I know the football game is on, but your house is on the market. That means...you've got to GO!

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Tamara Inzunza has been helping families throughout Northern VA, actively listing and selling homes since 1997. She is a top listing agent, a multi-year recipient of the RE/MAX Platinum Club award, and a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.  Her specialty is marketing, presenting, and negotiating. She earned the Certified Residential Specalist (CRS) designation in 2003 (the industry's top designation for residential sales), and is an active member, currently representing Northern Virginia local chapter. Today, Tamara helps buyers and sellers by focusing on the close-in and walkable neighborhoods of Arlington and Alexandria, and the beautiful suburbs of South County, including Lorton, Springfield, and Fairfax Station.

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  1. Brian Sharkey 09/23/2013 12:13 AM
  2. Joan Cox 10/20/2013 02:22 AM
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Brian Sharkey
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Sep 23, 2013 12:13 AM #1
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Tamara Inzunza
RE/MAX Executives - Alexandria, VA
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Thanks Brian: I had a seller call me yesterday and ask if it was ok to stay when the football game was on.  Guess what my answer was???  Thanks for subscribing!

Sep 23, 2013 12:15 AM #2
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Bryan Robertson
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Sellers who lounge around on the weekends don't "get it" and wonder why nobody wants to buy.  I just visited a home a week ago where the seller refused an agent access even though we were there.  The reason: no appointment.

Sep 23, 2013 01:08 AM #3
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Tamara Inzunza
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Thanks Bryan: I can definitely understand that every seller needs to rest, we all do.  But when your house is on the market, you can plan to watch the game at a friend's house, or at a nearby pub/restaurant.  Not the same as the comfort of your home, but like the players, you need to adjust the plan to account for the conditions.

Sep 23, 2013 01:18 AM #4
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Mike Carlier
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There is a win-win solution to this problem,  Sports Bar.  Sellers must exercise caution when pursuing this strategy.   I once had a couple who had three showings in a row, and they needed a designated driver to get home.

Sep 23, 2013 01:30 AM #5
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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I hope they won't be asking why their homes aren't selling as a result. Thanks for sharing Tamara :) 

Sep 23, 2013 01:50 AM #6
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Mark Loewenberg
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especially if the buyers like the teams playing and want to cozy in to their possible next home!

Sep 23, 2013 01:55 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Tamara, what a timely post, and so TRUE!    However, here in Denver, when the Bronco play, there are FEW showings set.     Even still, when the buyers show up --- you have to leave.   If you have a showing scheduled during the game, watch it elsewhere and you won't be disturbed!

Sep 23, 2013 02:06 AM #8
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Chris Ann Cleland
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This is why TiVo is such a great thing, or going to a local bar to watch the game.  No game is worth losing a buyer over because you couldn't get out of the home or made them feel uncomfortable with your presence.

Sep 23, 2013 06:47 AM #9
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Tamara Inzunza
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Thanks Chris Ann: My vote is to go out to the bar, but TiVo is a great option, that way you can rewind those memorable plays!

Thanks Joan: The Redskins are losing now...so people are out looking at houses...LOL!

Thanks Mark: I think the buyers should feel at home, and that means the seller should make a graceful exit until after the showing is over.

Sep 23, 2013 12:00 PM #10
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Joan Cox
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Tamara, if the game is that important - go to a local Sports Bar and what it, and you won't be interrupted, but let the showings happen!

Sep 28, 2013 11:12 PM #11
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Tamara Inzunza
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Agreed Joan:  When your house is on the market, you have to resist watching the game from the comfort of home and stay ready for the showings to happen.  If buyers are out on a Sunday, odds are, they are very serious.

Sep 29, 2013 08:08 PM #12
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Tim Lorenz
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Tamara

Sometimes sacrifices have to be made for football.  LOL  Thanks for the bolg

Oct 20, 2013 03:50 AM #13
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
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Thats why Open House traffic during Football is very low. Once February gets here,I expect things to pick up again. But you are right,you definitely don't want a potential home buyer to view a house while people are there. They just won't feel comfortable doing it. And how come this one didn't get featured?

Oct 26, 2013 06:44 AM #14
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Tamara Inzunza
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Thanks Tim, yes, no matter whose up or whose down, when your house is on the market sacrifices have to be made.

Thanks Lanre: Yes, a feature would have been really nice!

Oct 26, 2013 10:31 AM #15
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