Showing homes over the Christmas weekend?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

Have you tried to set up viewings over the Christmas weekend for clients who insist on seeing them?

"The traffic is so bad, I can't meet you there on Friday at 5:30 pm," listing agent says. "You need to come by and pick up the key at the office yourself."

That's not a problem for me as long as I have all afternoon to pick the key up and the whole weekend to get it back to them. Doesn't sound like anyone else is out looking. Everyone is focused on Christmas.

Luckily the tenant has moved out and the condo is empty--which I just found out.

Oh, wait, no tenant? Why does it say to give 48 hour notice still on the MLS?

Must be that Christmas functions have gotten in the way of updating the MLS. No wonder this condo is still on the market after 58 days where others seem to fly off the shelf. A "little" thing like a tenant and wanting that kind of notice can stop many a buyer from looking at it.

So keep your fingers crossed, maybe my buyer will like this condo.


Posted by

Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Comments (6)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella I work all the time, before I commented on your post, I was communicating with another buyer on how we will submit an offer on a property...Endre

Dec 21, 2017 11:56 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Endre Barath, Jr. - My California clients know to get in touch with me when they are in Hawaii over the Holidays because I will show them property during that time. And good for you doing the same in Beverly Hills.

Dec 22, 2017 08:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

My fingers are crossed that the buyer wants that condo! I'm showing a house today, but it's not officially the weekend and it was easy to get an appointment. No one has asked for any showings over the weekend (yet).

Dec 22, 2017 04:02 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Kat Palmiotti - I have one on Sunday at a listing in California. I don't have to be there, but my seller had to agree to it and she's just fine with it. A "little" thing like Christmas dinner with family doesn't stop this committed seller from opening her home.

Dec 22, 2017 08:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

If someone wants to see a home on Saturday... I'm there to do it assuming we receive permission. But, I never work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and let my clients know that upfront. I believe we need to set some limits for our personal lives in this business. I have also found that when I do and communicate my limits, my clients don't complain.

Dec 22, 2017 04:58 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Nina Hollander - My clients here in Hawaii have their own family functions to go to at least for Christmas Day. Good thing. I'm going to a big Rothwell family dinner which I would not want to miss.

Dec 22, 2017 08:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Hella. Good luck with securing a sale this weekend. Enjoy your day!

Dec 22, 2017 05:13 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Wayne Martin - It would be a good fit for this client. We will see.

Dec 22, 2017 08:49 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella and good luck. I wonderf if anyone checked the condo out after the tenant left?

Dec 22, 2017 07:40 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Sheila Anderson - Didn't sound like it. It might be that hidden penthouse gem!

Dec 22, 2017 08:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Hella this is always a challenging time of the year in this business.  Some Realtors deal with those challenges better than others.

Dec 22, 2017 04:46 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell

Well, we need to try. I did see that condo yesterday and it wasn't the one. So we are looking at others over Christmas. Wonder if there are any "open houses" this Sunday? Fat chance...

Dec 23, 2017 09:40 AM