An interesting discussion is hitting TAR's LinkedIn Group Page today. The thread's originator has posted a question regarding showing etiquette, suggesting that Buyer's Agents who who are uncomfortable with other Buyer's Agents entering a home during their scheduled showing are overly-presumptious...
Readers supporting this argument claim that Agents do not have a "right" to refuse entry into a home to another agent party requesting simultanous entry, particularly in the event where a Seller has approved overlapping showing appointments. Participants criticize showing agents who reject co-showing -- categorizing them as over-reaching, violating the Seller's wishes, inconsiderate, rude, and generally out of line. Commentators also suggest that Agents who don't wish to co-show should take the time to set up an exclusive showing appointment so other Agents won't be bothered by their inflexibility or have to wait on them.
The flip side supports a SAFETY FIRST theme... Buyer's Agents have absolute authority to protect themselves, their clients and the property under their approved showing appointment -- and while the key is logged in their possession. Upon entry, they lock the door behind them so no one can follow inside. Upon departure, they secure the key back inside the keybox for the next scheduled Agent to unlock, per authorized showing instructions. They argue that overlapping showing appointments do not equate to an open house, and emphasize that they have no authority or requirement to let ANY other party in the home -- and that doing so presents unnecessary risk to themselves, their clients, and the Seller's property. If a Buyer's Agent learns that there may be overlapping showings and they aren't comfortable waiting in line, then they should request an exclusive appointment time.
The Author is trying to refocus the discussion on the question: "What is the professional way to handle this conflict when it ocurs in the field?
Recap: Both Agents have approved showing appointments. One feels entitled to complete their showing without intrusion. The other feels they are entitled to immediate entry and should not have to wait.
What are your thoughts?