22 degrees below zero is good reason to cancel showings for the day

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It's a lovely Monday morning here in Rochester, Minnesota.  I looked out my window this morning to see the world famous Mayo Clinic shrouded in a foggy haze.  No, it wasn't actually fog, is was a cloud of ice crystals hanging in the air.  Oh yes, it was 22 degrees below zero and the wind was blowing 20mph.

Schools are closed thoughout the entire state.  Several business have closed, while others are encouraging non-essential workers to stay home.

Even though it's a lovely, sunny day, I've cancelled all of my showings for the day.  Not that I'm afraid of the cold, I'm thinking of the sellers I would be forcing into the cold.  With windchills exceeding 50 degrees below, I don't have the heart to ask people to leave their warm houses and get into their cold cars and head out into winter's worst for the next 60 minutes.

There are two people involved with each transaction - a buyer and a seller.  Remembering to be courteous to a seller at the showing time can and often does make a difference in the negotiations later on.  I can't think of anything kinder that helping sellers prevent frostbite.

Will I be out showing homes again soon?  Of course I will.  But while it's this cold, I'll let sellers stay home and keep warm.  Oh yes, I'll be working home office, staying warm myself.




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Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Greg and Beth - I never would've thought about the flip-side - sending sellers off into the cold!  Very thoughtful of you!  To keep you warm, here's a photo I took golfing with my mom yesterday:   

Jan 06, 2014 01:33 AM #1
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Keep warm. Here in New Orleans the high for today is 37. 

Jan 06, 2014 01:37 AM #2
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Always wise to do the thoughtful thing...no business will be seriously "lost" by deferring to weather.   Keep warm!

Jan 06, 2014 01:43 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  Warm is a good thing...we had transferring buyers and an eager seller...a balmy 14 below yesterday.....and the show went on....and today...an offer...You are right...with everyone at the same temp..whatever that is...it goes a long way to cooperation later in the transaction....stay warm...all the best of the new year to you both !

Jan 06, 2014 09:21 PM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would imagine with those temperatures and wind chill showings would come to a halt.    Like you all, a little snow and cold weather doesn't stop much, but when it gets THIS cold, maybe so!  Stay warm!

Jan 07, 2014 10:11 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

 We hope summer comes on a weekend this year in sunny Minnesota so you can enjy it...brrrrr !

Feb 17, 2014 07:22 PM #6
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