Sellers: Should You Cancel a Showing Because of the Weather?

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

In the past week, we have received over 12 inches of snow in our part of Iowa.  And this is normal for our winter months.  Especially now that with the snow cover, the temperatures are in the teens and with the wind chill, well below zero.  I was showing homes on Monday to a relocation buyer, which was a holiday for many people.  It was cold.  And the houses that we wanted to see were all vacant except for one.  Because the last one was occupied, I had tried several times on Sunday to schedule a time to see it before the buyers had to head back to Minneapolis.  Because there was no school, it was cold, and the seller was going to be home, they would not allow the showing no matter what time I tried.




Now, understand that the roads were not in bad condition.  It had snowed on Saturday and by Sunday the roads were clear.  There was no reason that the seller could not pack up the kids and the dog and go somewhere for an hour.  Instead, my buyers crossed the home off their list and bought another home without seeing this one.  Was it worth it? 


I received a call from the listing agent today asking if my buyer wanted to reschedule the showing.  Ummmm.  Nope.  Something was lost in translation or they did not believe that my buyer NEEDED to see their home that day or not at all.   I was clear with the listing agent and to the seller through the comments in Showing Time, that my buyer was only there for the weekend and leaving by noon on Monday. The buyers were here to buy and wanted to write an offer before they headed back.  And they did.  


During the winter months, there are not as many buyers out looking for the heck of it.  They are the most serious buyers, especially when they are not from the area and have a limited time to look at homes.  Add that to the lower inventory and you have a great time to sell!  If you deny the showing, they will move on to another home that is available.  It is important to consider what you are missing when you say no to a showing.


I would love to talk to you about the best way to position your home on the market.  Call me today to see if we can make your move happen in 2019!


Keep Smiling!





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

Keller Williams Legacy Group

4850 Armar Drive SE Ste B

Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


Mobile  319-521-0701

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Comments (4)

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

It's always a crapshoot with weather (I contend with this also) and holidays, sick family, kids with no school, and the mix of those altogether. It obviously was uncomfortable for that family to bend. Too bad! Oh, well, everything happens for a reason and for the best reason, in my belief. Meant to be that they offered on another one! 


Jan 23, 2019 07:48 PM
Karen Feltman

Agreed.  The winter is full of "snow days" and sometimes holiday weekends are when buyers are able to travel to see homes out of their area.  I can totally understand sick kids, but this was not least not this time.  It is their loss and they must have not taken me for my word when I said that they were leaving at noon that day and were planning to have an offer on a house before they left.  Thank you for commenting!

Jan 23, 2019 07:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Karen in my market sellers cancel Open Houses on Rainy Days, the problem I find that too many agents use the excuse of bringing non qualified buyers with the excuse that they are only in town for two days and sellers and listing agents do not believe it... Sorry to hear that you have a real client and the other side does not want to show it...Endre

Jan 23, 2019 11:37 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Every showing whether cold messy weather is the opportunity to sell that home. These sellers were not realistic asking your buyers to reschedule in my opinion. 

Jan 24, 2019 04:23 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I tell my clients never to turn down a showing request or cancel one unless they are their deathbeds.... and if they do it more than once I'll put them on their deathbed! The good news is that they listen to me and call me with much trepidation if they have to turn down a showing! By the same token, each such situation needs to be assessed on its own merits.

Jan 24, 2019 04:34 AM