While showing homes recently, my buyer client saw a sign in the yard of a neighboring home listed for sale. The sign was the typical real estate sign with the name, company and contact information for the listing agent. And there was also another sign rider hanging from the bottom with another phone number included. If you're buying a home in Arizona, we need permission to see homes, depending on the listing agents requested showing instructions.
This is not an uncommon phenomenon since homes do go under contract and we don't show those homes. We also don't show homes that are about to close escrow. In fact if a home is pending or under contract, permission is required for a buyers agent ot show that particular home.
When a buyers agent is searching for homes, we look for active listings to show buyers. If a home is under contract, we don't show those homes as there really is no point. That home is spoken for and another buyer is patiently waiting to close escrow and own it.
Another reason we can't show a particular home is that permission wasn't granted. If a seller can't make the showing happen either because they aren't there to get it ready for a showing, or for whatever reason, then we can't see that particular home.
And what if we couldn't reach a homeowner that has a home listed for sale? If the buyers agent does not receive specific permission to show a home, then the home can't be shown. There may be a variety of reasons that a seller doesn't want to show his home.
Why Can't I see That Home Now? Maybe the seller is expecting out of town company? Maybe the seller just had surgery and is flat on his back? Maybe an adult left a teenager in charge and isn't comfortable allowing a showing without adult supervision for that teenager? It could be any number of reasons.
If a home has an alarm system and we don't have the code, we can't show that home. The liability for that scenario is far greater than a buyer may realize. We can't just open a door and show a home.
Why Can't I See That Home Now? Permission must be granted for showings!