Before showing a buyer a home I have to "schedule an appointment" and write down the showing instructions. I also have certain obligations as a Reatlor (per our Code of Ethics). to be honest, I do my best to be considerate and polite when entering someones home. Sometimes we Realtors get so busy we forget that the listing isn't just a product, but a place where people come "home to."
Ordinary showing instructions include requests to turn off all the lights, lock all the doors and other similar statements. Every once in a while I get a request that makes me wonder about practicality. Yesterday when showing I was given instructions to 'text the listing agent' when done showing the property. This is a very unusual request and to be honest, I forgot to do it. When you're showing homes you're thinking of directions, clients, setting alarms, locking doors, discussing prices and so much more.
The purpose of the request was so that the seller would know when the showing had concluded. Maybe in this particular situation it was important to the seller, but realistically, it's micromanaging and unnecessary.
A showing can last 5 minutes, or it can last 20 minutes. It's simple, drive back in 15 or 20 minutes and if no one is home, it's fine to return. Expecting every agent to "text" as they are leaving isn't practical and it shouldn't be a "demand."
Are buyer's agents required to "text the listing agent?" My answer is a resounding no. Requesting is one thing, demanding is ridiculous. What next? An exit interview with the seller?
In this situation the listing agent called me an hour later upset because his seller thought we were still in the home. The misunderstanding could have been avoided had the seller simply left and come back in 10-20 minutes. Many Realtors can have hundreds if not thousands of showings on their listings throughout the course of the year. It isn't feasible to nail down every piece of feedback from every showing agent and it is especially ridiculous to expect a text after every showing.