2 Reasons Why I Won't Show Your Silver Spring, MD Home For Sale

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

I love showing homes for sale in the Silver Spring, MD area! Sometimes though, despite my best efforts, I am just not able to. And it's usually due to one of 2 reasons:

1. Showing restrictions:

Silver Spring Homes For SaleI just recently attempted three times to show a tenant-occupied home that required a 48 hour showing notification. The first time the tenant told us that she had declined the showing (but somebody forgot to inform me) and turned us away at the door.

The second time I called 40-something hours ahead but my showing was declined because 48 hours meant 48 hours exactly. The third time our showing time wasn't convenient for the tenant. We gave up.

I am flexible. I am understanding. I try my best to accommodate but my time and that of my clients is just as valuable.

Being too restrictive when it comes to showing times is not a selling feature! And if you must list your Silver Spring, MD home for sale while it is still tenant-occupied, please make sure your tenant cooperates. Otherwise it could cost you a sale!

2. Pets:

Friendly dog is locked in the bedroom I was advised when I made an appointment for another home. I can't even recall how many times I opened the front door and discovered that a) the friendly dog didn't look and sound so friendly and b) he was definitely not locked into a bedroom!

I like dogs, I really, really do but not when they think I'm a burglar!

Many a times my buyers and I passed on a home because of a dog. It doesn't matter if the price is right and its description fits what my buyer is looking for to a "t". If Fido is preventing us from looking at the house, Mr. Buyer won't be writing an offer.

As inconvenient as it may be, it is best to find another solution for any and all pets while the home is on the market. Walking the dog during every showing is one option but not always doable. In that case, a temporary home, a dog walker or a doggie day-care are all options worth checking into.

2 Reasons Why I Won't Show A Silver Spring, MD Home For Sale: showing restrictions & pets.

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860


Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Andrea, Great points! My fave is when the instructions say "don't let the cat or dog out". It's bad enough you have to be worried about a very nervous dog or hissing cat following you around. To deal with a "runner" that has their nose to the back door..harder yet. A buyer really would like to see the yard they might be buying.

Jan 14, 2014 11:11 PM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Cindy: I find myself not wanting to show the house when I have to watch out 'to not let the cat out'. I'm too preoccupied with making sure the cat can't escaped! It's a liability questions as well: what if the cat got out during a previous showing? What if the cat waits right by the door and is gone in a flash as soon as I open it?

My advice to sellers is to find another solution! You don't want the buyers and buyer's agent to worry about your cat instead of looking at your home or worse, not even consider looking at the house!

Jan 15, 2014 03:42 AM #2
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Andrea,

Tenant occupied homes are typically a challenge.  And for pets, I noticed you have already mentioned to Cindy and I agree - don't you love when instructions say "Don't let the cat/dog out"!

Jan 15, 2014 04:15 AM #3
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Showing restrictions should have a reason behind them, not an arbitrary desire to control the situation.  It's a "no-traffic, no sale" market out there!

Jan 15, 2014 04:24 AM #4
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

So true, Andrea. I showed a tenant occupied home a few months ago that was such a mess that you couldn't get in some of the rooms. And, of course, there is the time restrictions. When I see those, I keep looking for listings unless my client is sold on the property before we look at it. It's just too frustrating for all. 

Jan 15, 2014 07:18 AM #5
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

This seems to be a really hot topic these days...so many "sellers" will continue to be owner's if they don't let buyer's have a chance to buy!   Suggested

Jan 15, 2014 09:58 AM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It always has me worried when I see that statement Lisa.

"No traffic, no sale" is right Eric!

I point it out when a home is still tenant occupied Mike. The low inventory is not helping however in finding alternatives.

It's a hot topic right now Bridget because Bob asked us to point out the most common seller mistakes that we've seen. Thanks!

Jan 16, 2014 12:40 AM #7
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