Showing Homes in a "Dry Heat"

Real Estate Agent with CALL REALTY

We live in Mesa, Arizona. Kind of a good news/bad news place to live.

You probably already know the good news. Golfing in January. Heck, swimming in January. We just had the most beautiful winter I can remember. Never even pulled out my warm coat from the closet. Not even once. Not even at night.

Showing homes in the winter was a pleasure. Even bank owned homes. Electricity not on? No problem. It's going to be 72 degrees inside regardless.

Which brings me to the bad news. Summer in Mesa, Arizona. But it's still good news/bad news.

The good news is that all the people who have a home anywhere else on the planet have left town. Fewer cars on the street. No waiting at your favorite restaurant. Fewer buyers to compete with!

How do I survive showing homes in our wonderful dry heat?

First, ice-cold bottled water for everyone. I keep a cooler in the car to make sure it stays cold. Plan on at least two bottles per person.

Second, avoid showing homes in the afternoon if at all possible. We can't always avoid afternoon showings, but most of my clients prefer bright and early in the morning or after dinner showings.

Third, which I have only done once, but I swear, saved my life--keep the car running. I'm not kidding. As I said, I've only done this once. It was hot, hot, hot and the home was a vacant bank owned with no utilities turned on. I brought two sets of keys--one in the ignition, the second, in my pocket. I stole this idea from a realtor friend, but it seems so "earth unfriendly" that I haven't done it again. Still, it may have been worth it to avoid heat stroke!

Fourth, keep oven mitts in the car to keep from burning your hands on the steering wheel, lockboxes and door knobs. Sounds like I'm kidding. I'm not. Really.

So we're still buying and selling in Arizona. All summer long. Come and enjoy the dry heat with us!



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This post was authored by John & Shannon Cox, THE COX TEAM, Phoenix area Real Estate Consultants and Agents serving the East Valley cities of Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek and surrounding areas.


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Comments (6)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

It's all about planning. Those familiar with the heat will be on board with early morning and evening showings. We have a few days where it gets too hot to be out showing ... and the steering wheel too hot to hold. Thankfully, those days are few!

Jun 13, 2014 02:41 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

John and Shannon, we make sure to have plenty of bottled water, regardless of the season but the heat will sure make everyone want a bottle.

Jun 13, 2014 12:17 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I don't know how you can show in the high temperatures you have had lately.    Some of our temps are topping 90, and that is hot enough!

Jun 15, 2014 10:08 AM
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Wow now that's hot when you have oven mitts as part of your real estate toolkit. It's the humidity here that stops us in out tracks. it is awful in the summer but we, like you, keep on selling homes.

Jun 24, 2014 10:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We get to 100, and keep a cooler in the car filled with water, as getting dehydrated while looking for homes isn't fun.

Jul 11, 2014 08:49 AM
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Those are nifty ideas for showing homes in the hot, hot AZ heat. I am picturing you wearing oven mitts and opening a lockbox. :)

Jul 13, 2014 11:33 AM