Importance of Preparing for a Showing

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

 I made two appointments yesterday, Sunday, to show listings this morning.  The first was totally prepared with a few lights on, picked up, and tastefully arranged.  It was also overpriced.  The second was perfectly suited to my clients however, the sidewalk and drive hadn't been shoveled, the curtains were closed and no lights were on, dirty dishes were laying about the less than clean kitchen.  To top it off the seller obviously has an affinity for Harley Motorcycles as the house was a shrine to the bike.  It was very well priced.  No amount of discussion could get the wife interested in pursuing what would have been a good home because of the condition.  As professionals in a challenging market we need to educate sellers of the importance of "staging" their home for sale.   Unfortuneately my buyers missed out on a good home and the seller will have to keep reducing their price to pay for the clutter. 

Comments (4)

Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Bob,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Jan 12, 2009 03:09 PM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of three outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Let us know if we can ever help. Again, welcome to AR!!

Jan 12, 2009 11:13 PM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

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Jan 13, 2009 12:38 AM
David Painter
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Good to have you on Active Rain.  This is a good site for gathering information and interesting to see what others are blogging about. Contact us if we can be of service to you. We would be happy to send you a referral or to take good care of any referral you would send to us.

Jan 13, 2009 04:58 AM