A Realtor's guide to showing foreclosures in the snow and cold.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843

Step 1:  Refer that client out!  

Okay.  Just kidding on that one.  

I was out this morning showing vacant foreclosures to an investor of mine.  He and I have been working together for years, and have seen plenty of foreclosures in the bad weather.  

Foreclosures in Fort WayneLast night we got about 4-5 more inches of snow here in the Fort Wayne area. This just adds on a little more snow to the existing snow on the ground.  

This also adds on more snow to the unplowed driveways and sidewalks of said foreclosures.  

I know it may sound like I'm complaining, but I am.  

Here's a short list of things that every Realtor needs while showing foreclosures in the snow and cold:  

1.  A Jeep or some other four wheel drive.  

2.  Big ole boots.  

3.  A flashight.  (Duh)

4.  A super duper heavy coat.  I prefer something NOT leather since Amanda and I are both vegan.  If leather is all you have, so be it.  

5.  Thin but quality gloves.  Nobody can take notes with those giant gloves.  

6.  A sock hat.  (I don't wear these because it messes up my hair)

7.  A snow shovel.  No.  I don't shovel the walks for my clients.  That's just dumb.  I have it in case one of my clients doesn't have a Jeep and gets stuck.  

8.  A sense of humor.  I'm not going to lie.  It's no fun showing vacant, cold, foreclosures in the middle of the winter.  Most of them don't have power, which means they don't have heat.  

Why do I do it?  

Because the investors I work with are repeat clients.  They're very good and loyal clients.  Oh, and after they buy these foreclosures, they fix them up and then I get to sell them when they're pretty and warm!  

Yes.  I'd prefer to show warm luxury homes to my surgeon clients, my engineer clients, but today, I was out showing foreclosures!  


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Fort Wayne Realtors Jared and Amanda Christiansen with Century 21 Bradley

Amanda Christiansen is an award winning Realtor with Christiansen Group Realty.


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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

It's hard to pass up something that leads to two or more sales. Be prepared.

Mar 02, 2014 03:46 AM #2
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

No Lynda!!  Why???  :)  

Right on Tammie.  I'll work with anybody in any price range as long as they're realistic.  

Mar 02, 2014 03:47 AM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

 We do what we have to do to please and serve our clients. That sure is a lot of snow.

Mar 02, 2014 06:03 AM #4
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I love these sorts of posts. Why, you ask? I live in Tucson, Arizona, where this sort of issue is non existent. And that's WHY I live here!

Mar 03, 2014 02:42 AM #5
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

So glad I live in So Cal where the worst weather we get is rain and 60*! Glad you are able to keep your sense of humor! Blessings to you and your business.

Mar 03, 2014 02:43 AM #6
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I was wondering when the warm weather people would chime in.  We'll get there one of these days!  :)  

Mar 03, 2014 02:49 AM #7
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

What the heck is a sock hat?

My own foreclosure a few weeks ago I had to turn on the water for the appraiser & as it splashed out of the bathroom sink the water froze instantly on the floor - now that's cold!

Another example was the water meter blew up in another! Such fun.

Mar 03, 2014 04:25 AM #8
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Kudos to you cold weather agents!  I'm not shoveling anything to get into a house, whether the heat is on or not.  We have had an awful winter here in Houston.  It got in the 20's at least 4 times.  That is enough winter to last me for another 10 years.  Give me August with 98 degrees and 98% humidity and I'm good.

Mar 03, 2014 05:16 AM #9
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Amanda and Jared, we don't have to deal with snow and cold that much but when August heat rolls in, we feel the same about homes with no A/C and cars that heat up all too quickly.  :-)

Mar 03, 2014 06:54 AM #10
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

With the picture of snow and extreme conditions on those foreclosure properties, I'm curious how anyone would be able to inspect the property or make an offer? Why are you even out there? 

Mar 03, 2014 07:40 AM #11
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Kimo:  My investor waives all inspections.  

Mar 03, 2014 08:24 AM #12
Theresa Akin

Lyn Sims #8 a sock hat is the same as a knit cap.

I don't envy any one showing foreclosures in the weather but when they're repeat clients it's different. You know the serious ones. 

Mar 03, 2014 08:38 AM #13
Theresa Akin

To add to my last comment. With investors such as yours you know the forecast is a definite close.


Mar 03, 2014 08:39 AM #14
Sharon Sanchez
Ace Home Realty - Carson, CA
Your Number "1" Source For Real Estate.

I think you did the right thing.  If your client is willing trudge through the snow, then you should be willing. Sounds like it's going to payoff in the end - More than 1 transaction.

Mar 03, 2014 08:40 AM #15
Bryan Tobiason
Keller Williams Partners, Inc. - Gardner, KS

Nice fun post.  We get to deal with this quite a bit in Kansas City too.  I enjoy the challenge of showing in the snow. It reminds me to be sure my vacant listings have a shoveled drive! 

Mar 03, 2014 08:05 PM #16
Zohar "Zack" Zamir
Keller Williams Town Life - Fair Lawn, NJ
Fair Lawn, Bergen County & Northern NJ Real Estate

Nice engaging post! I agree, as long it's safe to show, why not. 

Mar 03, 2014 11:10 PM #17
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Capistrano Beach, CA
Capistrano Beach Specialist

I can't imagine what it's like working in the snow ... or rain.  But then you've got what we've got now ... a drought, and Summer isn't any fun when there isn't much water.

Mar 04, 2014 02:16 AM #18
Monika Boston
Adirondack Real Estate LLC - Warrensburg, NY

We bought a foreclosure in upstate NY as our own home.  As we tried to turn into the snow-covered drive, our Uhaul got stuck leaning precipitously!  The shovel you mentioned came in handy.  We shoveled and pushed, our minds constantly on the possibility of the truck falling on its side.  "We didn't buy the extra insurance!"  "What will happen to all our stuff?"  Thankfully, we got the truck out.  That was only the first in our adventures with that home (which, as you said, we initially viewed in the cold, without power to help indicate its many faults!).  But in the long run, we were able to renovate and sell at a good profit!

Mar 04, 2014 04:01 AM #19
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\ - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Here in South Alabama, we had only the second snow in about 10 years, and it was really more thick sleet...

Good list in case it does get bad some year!

Mar 04, 2014 05:03 AM #20
Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT reinct.com - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

very funny post Jared and Amanda-been there and done that so many times. I feel like I look like a lumber jack when I show vacant homes in the winter.  

The worst is when its so cold the locks that stick stick even more and do a number on your fingers twisting and turning that little cold piece of metal trying not to break it.

Mar 07, 2014 12:45 AM #21
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