Should I List My Home With A Realtor Who Doesn't Work on Sundays?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass 0524642

Should I list my home with a Realtor who doesn't work on Sunday's? I wouldn't. It's like hiring a nurse who passes out at the site of needles. Clearly she's in the wrong profession. It sort of reminds me of the restaurant that doesn't serve wine or spirits. What's the point? 

Real estate is a 7 day a week opportunity. I don't care if a real estate agent sells 50k homes a year, if he cannot service his sellers on a Sunday then he's subtracting from their opportunity to sell. Period. End of story. 

If listing agent Don refuses to answer his phone on the Lord's Day, that's somewhat okay, but he should at the very least employ an answering service, have an assistant who will answer or even pass the opportunity to communicate to someone who is able and willing to work. The seller is entitled the opportunity to sell their home on busiest day of the week, this includes Sunday.


Here's another perspective...

 

Several times a year I work with relocation buyers (as do all agents) who fly in from other states. You can probably guess where this is going. They're only in for the weekend. If Stan The Man refuses to work real estate on the weekends his sellers will get passed on.


Just how long does it take to answer a call on a Sunday? 1 minute? Maybe 3? If you returned 3 calls, 2 text messages and 1 email you'd probably work less than 30 minutes FOR THE ENTIRE DAY. Is sidestepping your duties worth it? I can't schedule a showing when the agent doesn't answer his phone.

 

You aren't Chickila or REI. Your clients won't be impressed that you shutdown on Sunday so your employees can be with their families. 

Posted by
Greg Nino
Realtor
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Comments (17)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Greg, I keep Sunday mornings reserved for church.  Other than that I'm typically available.  I've had clients that refused showings on their Sabbath day, and they understood that would probably slow their sale.  We put it in the agent notes for others to know.  We still sold it.

Feb 14, 2016 02:41 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

An agent that doesn't work on Sundays is really missing a lot of opportunities. 

Feb 14, 2016 03:09 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Greg, I think that whatever we do in our businesses, we have to continually ask how our work habits will impact our clients.

Feb 14, 2016 05:19 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Greg you always make me laugh ! I'll be using your title out on Listing Presentations from now on !

Feb 17, 2016 08:42 PM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

There's not a day I won't work lol...I go to Church and schedule showings afterwards and if you want to put an offer on my listing, no worries...I'll answer the phone, text or e-mail any day of the week.  

Feb 21, 2016 08:18 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Greg!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

 

 

 

Feb 21, 2016 12:50 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Greg. I am torn. I respect folks who make a decision to keep a day for themselves: whether that day is Saturday, Sunday or Wednesday. There are always exceptions though.

Feb 21, 2016 09:00 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

I agree with Sheila Anderson . Agents should also be able to block time off for family on a weekend, but to totally shut the door to work on a Sunday altogether doesn't do full service to a client. I am working with an agent on a sale now who doesn't work weekends..at all. No email or phone. It is a little irritating.

Feb 21, 2016 11:50 PM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Setting boundaries is fine up to a point.  But as you said, when it hurts the sellers because access is denied to their homes then that is a big problem.  

Feb 22, 2016 01:37 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Greg, I think in this case a blanket statement is a bit strong.

I work hard 6 days a week and I mean busy. I go to church on Sunday and would like some time for my family.

Do I take calls? Absolutely. Will I show property? If there is no alternative. 

I believe I represent my consumer well and they never have a complaint and respect my efforts.

We all decide how we do business. It is true we should be aware of how our decisions affect our business and the people we represent.

On the flip side, we have Sellers and Buyers who have placed constraints on when they are available and we have to work with them.

 

Feb 22, 2016 02:44 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm shocked you don't have more comments on this "spot on" post!  I think it's okay to take a day off, but always answer your phone and be available for all the reasons you mention.  Great post!

Feb 22, 2016 07:21 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

We have one in our community.  If you go with them you don't get showings on Sunday's because of the Broker's opinion.  Is it also the Seller's Opinion?

Feb 22, 2016 07:47 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

I can see both sides of this.  I guess to me "working" on Sunday vs "being available/answering calls" is another. I'd be fine w/ the latter.  I also think there are alternatives such as having an asst handle a lot of this stuff and asst can call the agent when the agent needs to be involved.

Feb 22, 2016 07:58 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Listing agents should make every effort to answer and return phone calls to other Realtors ESPECIALLY over the weekend. They don't have to show if they choose not to, but at least make it available for other professionals to do their jobs!

Feb 22, 2016 08:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You won't get any argument from me on this. I get people needing to reserve time off or for other things, but there are ways to handle these times appropriately. And what about the seller?

Feb 22, 2016 10:49 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Greg ... great question and I think agents should be available 7 days per week and if their not, then they should have an assistant to cover.

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Feb 24, 2016 08:32 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

OMIGOSH -- it's not about the AGENT!  It's about the seller / buyer clients!  We are THEIR fiduciary and we have duties to them.  If they want us to "work" on Sundays, and there is a confict there, then find another agent who will OBEY the instruction given to them by the clients!  OBEDIENCE is a fiduciary duty.

Mar 06, 2016 05:39 AM