To Show or Not to Show a Home on Christmas

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Real Estate Agent with Lattimer Realty

To Show or Not to Show a Home on Christmas?

There were a few recent posts on the Raise the Bar in Real Estate Facebook Group regarding Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day showings.  One post even got a little heated and a bit off topic.  I think showing or not showing a home during the holidays topic falls under the same category of agents working 24/7/365 and those who set their own hours and limits.  My thoughts are always - to each their own.  You run your business the way you want and I'll run mine the way I want.  

showing homes on ChristmasThe same falls for showing homes on Christmas Eve or Christmas.  If you celebrate both holidays and choose not to show homes on these days - that's your choice in how you run your business. If you are working on these holidays and have buyers who want to see homes, don't be afraid of insulting the listing agent or the seller. Call the listing agent (or whatever the show instructions are) and let the seller decide if he or she wants to show their home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  Unless the listing agent was instructed by the seller - no showings on the holiday,  the listing agent doesn't have the right to make that decision.  The decision lies solely with the seller.  Simply start the conversation out something like this...I know it's Christmas but I'm showing buyers some homes and wanted to know if it was possible to show yours too.  Do NOT take offense if the sellers says no to showing their home on Christmas.

Same goes if you are the listing agent and a buyer's agent calls you - unless your seller told you no showings on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, ASK your seller.  Or better yet, ask your seller prior to the holidays how they want to handle holiday showings.  If they say no showings then politely tell the buyer's agent that seller has requested no showings over the 2 day holiday. There's no need to be rude with the buyer's agent - it's his/her choice that they are working on a holiday and your are not.  

To show or not to show homes on Christmas is the seller's choice IF buyer's agents are working on Christmas.

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Pete Xavier
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It's a "it depends" situation, depending on the availability of all parties and the property. If all are in agreement than why not!

Dec 25, 2014 12:14 PM #1
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Scott Gleason
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Gina, I'm with you.  there are just two deciders.  do you want to work on Christmas day (or any day of the year) and does the seller want  their home shown?

Dec 25, 2014 12:23 PM #2
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Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Pete, it is definitely a "it depends" situation. Thanks for reading and commenting. 

Scott, absolutely! Just like any other work day....Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Dec 25, 2014 12:31 PM #3
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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
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Showings are always the seller's choice, holiday or no holiday. Most people will avoid such holidays and I always tell my sellers showings are their choice. Rarely does a showing get turned down because they want to sell, but I've had several showing delayed to accomodate sellers schedules.

Dec 25, 2014 12:57 PM #4
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Gina Chirico
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RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman yes, I agree.  It's the seller's choice.  Thanks for reading and commenting.

Dec 25, 2014 12:59 PM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Raise The Bar In Real Estate on Facebook often devolves to the "you're wrong, I'm right" back and forth...or trying to lash agents public, by those who  see others as lesser than them.  It's the reason I left the group.  There is no value in that.

And I agree with you wholeheartedly, there are many different ways to run a business and we can each do it the way we want. 

Dec 26, 2014 04:13 AM #6
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