Why Won't the Agent Just Meet Me at the House?

Reblogger Bob Crane
Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

A post that I hope Bob Stewart features and that all of you share with your potential buyers.

Original content by Karen Feltman S44645

Why Won't the Agent Just Meet Me at the House I Want to See?


I think that as a profession, we can tend to not explain the "whys" of our business practices. So I would like to talk about why I cannot just show you the property that you are sitting in front of right this minute.


I received a Zillow call over the weekend and this person was sitting in front of the house and was demanding to see it right now, like yesterday.  Very impatient and demanding does not go over to well, in case you are taking notes.  We really don't sit and wait for the phone to ring.  And also, as in this case, the home that you are calling about is NOT my listing or my company's.


Here are several reasons that an agent may not be able to just get in the car and show it to you at the drop of a hat.


frustrated woman with arms crossed

1.  If the house is lived in, we need to have the owner's permission to enter the property.  There is usually a 2 hour or more notice to show it to a buyer.  If it is a rental property, Iowa law requires a 24 hour notice for tenants' rights.  

2.  If the home appears to be vacant, we still cannot just enter the property.  Depending on the type of property, it may be a foreclosure listing that has a combination lockbox.  We will need to call and confirm that the property is still available and request access from the listing broker.  If it is on the weekend, we may not hear back from the agent immediately.  Also, if the property has mold or other issues, there may be a hold harmless that is required to be signed and sent to the agent prior to receiving the access code to show it.

3.  Safety.  REALTOR safety is very important.  If you are calling someone that you don't know to show you a home that is not lived in, you are likely to be asked to come to the office to meet with the agent first.  There have been many recent events that have spurred companies and agents to take on this practice of copying your drivers license at the office prior to showing you any properties.

4.  Pre-approval or proof of cash is required prior to showing many properties, this is a business practice of many agents.  If you have not been to a lender, the mortgage industry has changed.  A lot.  As to not waste your time, the seller's time, and the agent's time, it is best to have a lender tell you what you can afford so that you don't fall in love with a home that you cannot purchase.


So you can see, we are not trying to be difficult.  We are protecting ourselves, your time, and the seller's expectations by being sure that you are qualified to buy the home that you wish to view.  The next time that you call to request a showing, understand that it may take time to get that arranged, you may need to plan to meet the agent at their office or a public place first, and you may be required to provide a lender pre-approval letter or proof of funds.  We have become a world where instant gratification makes it difficult to wait.  I get it.  But there is a reason that we have a process when you purchase a home.


For a FREE buyer consultation, please contact me to schedule an appointment.  And yes, I will have you meet me at the office first!


Keep smiling!





Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                           CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Tuesday morning Bob Crane -

Thanks for sharing this very important and spot on post by Karen.  I'll jump over and leave Karen a comment. 

Oct 20, 2015 12:04 AM #1
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Nice choice for a reblog and it is funny, well, not actually funny that some buyers still don't get it after being told.

Oct 20, 2015 12:12 AM #2
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Bob Crane Yes, these are most of the reasons "why not," but are you sure Bob Stewart selects the features?

Bill Roberts

Oct 20, 2015 12:37 AM #3
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good post Bob.  While we are many times compared to car salesmen the complexities of our business do not even come close.  An immediate showing is virtually out of the question.  An attitude makes it to back of line...period.  Make it a productive week.  Mark

Oct 20, 2015 04:23 AM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Many people don't care..."If they want to sell they will let us in!"

The problem if the shoe was on the other foot....

Oct 20, 2015 07:18 AM #5
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
REcampus Fully Accredited Florida ONLINE & Classroom Training in Destin, Pensacola Florida - Panama City Beach, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

I wish this could posted on every computer screen for about 24 hours! Great list!

Oct 20, 2015 07:51 AM #6
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

great reblog like our side of this crazy business no one wants to make things harder than it needs to be but there are rules and procedures that need to be in place for things to happen properly

Oct 20, 2015 09:37 AM #7
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
Woodland appraisal support.

Thanks for the re-blog of this Bob.  Great list of reasons - if people only could understand.

Oct 20, 2015 11:03 AM #8
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bob Crane ,  Great choice for a reblog. Great information for buyers to know.


Oct 20, 2015 12:31 PM #9
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks for reblog, Bob Crane 

Lesson#1 Safety first.  Even a big agent like you could be a statistic.

Oct 21, 2015 02:19 AM #10
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I only show homes to clients that have been pre-approved and to do that it takes coordination and not a short notice meet at the house....when I get calls like that I politely tell them this is not McDonalds this is Berkshire Hathaway Beverly Hills....Endre

Oct 21, 2015 09:40 AM #11
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