Selling your home in City of Chicago? Why not use a lockbox?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors

OPRFhomesforsale.comWhy is it so difficult for buyer's agents to set up showings on city properties? Why must the listing agent be there? I just spent some time trying to arrange 4 condo showings for Saturday early afternoon on the city's north side.

As of now, an hour later, I have one confirmed, one no response, and two requests that we meet them in the morning instead. Ummm no! My clients have kids who nap, and I already have a home inspection set up with another buyer for that morning. 

I cannot for the life of me understand why it is customary in some neighborhoods that the listing agents always accompany the showings. In certain cases I can understand: downtown high rises with multiple amenities, raw new construction where floor plans or finishes need to be explained, and, really, I'm drawing a blank as to any others. 

The agent who has confirmed me (it's on an electronic lockbox that tracks who access it) was kind enough to email me over a feature sheet and explanation of where we would find the storage room, parking, etc. This is how it should be done, Chicago listing agents!

There's no need to make your schedules more complicated or to be running around constantly wishing you had a clone... In essence, you already do -- thousands of them, in fact! A multitude of buyer's agents with eager, pre-approved buyers who are dying to buy your listings, if only they could get in to see them.

To Chicago home sellers: Make sure that buyers have access to your house! Each buyer has an already busy schedule, and they're doing the best they can to fit some showings into it.

Hire a broker who understands this and who can provide you with secure options that will allow you to accommodate showing requests, as well as one who will market your home to make it stand out from the crowd. More info on that here.

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Laurie Christofano, Realtor

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Laurie Christofano has been a real estate broker since falling into the field in 2007 upon deciding to leave medical school. Passionate about local architecture and determined to make a living "helping people" (as she set out to do since deciding to become a doctor; albeit she's now helping with a different but also important aspect of people's lives), she's worked with buyers, sellers & renters all over Chicago's city & suburbs. Proud member of The Pych Team @ RE/MAX In The Village, Your #1 Pick! Learn more:

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