My Other Hat...Helping Buyers

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

My Other Hat...Helping Buyers

Most of you know that I am a listing agent just like my slogan  SELL YOUR HOME WITH MARGARET ROME.


I have Buyers

Occasionally there is a hat change when I have sold one of my listings and need to find them a new home.

Today I am a buyer's agent lining up properties and making appointments.


Some appointments are made directly with the agent, some with the owner, some are on a lockbox, some can be shown 24/7 also known as a 'go and show', some have combo locks on the house, some you call the office, some are made through  calling CSS or Showing Time and some are made on line.

Showing instructions are on the MLS for agents to see.



Take a moment and check the instructions on a house we wanted to see today! Not made up..copied from the MLS.


  Read carefully. Can you tell when it can be shown? 

'Suggested Lead Time to Show: 24 hours.

Minimum Lead Time to Show: 24 hours.

Showing Restrictions:


No showings on Thursdays, & Fridays starting February 13, 2014 thru February 14, 2014.


No showings on Sat, February 15, 2014. No showings on from 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM starting February 15, 2014 thru February 29, 2016.


No showings on from 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM starting February 15, 2014 thru February 29, 2016.'




 Buyer's agents have challenges in making appointments. At this  rate it might take until February 2016 to sell.

Going to find a house for these buyers no matter what the challenge!




My Other Hat...Helping Buyers





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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Pretty clear to me that either the seller doesn't want to sell or the agent doesn't want to co-op.

Time will tell.

Mar 01, 2014 01:13 AM #1
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh boy, make it easy folks. If you aren't ready to sell, you aren't ready to sell. I too wear that other hat on occasion, makes me appreciate buyers agents and all that they do. :) 

Mar 01, 2014 02:14 AM #2
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Oh my. Now you get an appreciation of the other side, and how well you really do handle YOUR listings.

Mar 01, 2014 04:00 AM #3
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Margaret, I work the exact opposite. Buyers contact me to find new homes and then I end up listing their home. It's a nice way to work.

Mar 01, 2014 05:05 AM #4
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Sometimes people don't realize that showing restrictions will keep their home from being sold.  Perhaps their agent needs to have a frank conversation with them.

Mar 01, 2014 06:04 AM #5
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Reading the MLS show instructions should tell you all you need to know, if the Listing Agent is on top of their game.

Mar 01, 2014 07:05 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margaret- good grief.  Who has the time to figure out if you can fit that house into your showing schedule.  It's hard enough for agents trying to work out a showing schedule to accommodate everyone's schedule.  This one makes it more difficult. 

Mar 01, 2014 09:00 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Wow, that is quite a list of instructions. It makes me want to say on to the next.

Mar 01, 2014 09:10 AM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Most agents would not bother showing this house. I wonder if the listing agent explained it to the sellers.

Mar 01, 2014 11:06 PM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you all for stopping by. We were able to get into the house by contacting the LA directly.

Mar 02, 2014 08:09 AM #10
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

That one may as well be taken off the market because it already is off the market.

Mar 02, 2014 09:36 AM #11
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I change hats back and forth.. your buyers are very lucky that you are helping them after selling their home. 

Mar 03, 2014 11:18 AM #12
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Cheryl, We did get in.

Judi, It is a full time job!

Mar 03, 2014 01:01 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I would really have to LOVE this home to be motivated enough to get through those directions!  I bet many potential buyers just say forget it.  I would see those instructions as a red flag that these sellers will be difficult to work with!

Mar 07, 2014 09:29 PM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sharon, It did not make me feel warm and fuzzy about showing this property.

We finally did get in to the house.

Mar 08, 2014 12:50 AM #15
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