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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Have the sellers do a video tour for your buyers. This can be done, a contract agreed upon and schedule inspections accordingly, based upon governing laws being relaxed. 

Good luck, Paul!

Mar 22, 2020 11:00 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Paul, you can't show or allow showing right now - it shouldn't be expected or attempted with shelter in place. At least in CA it's a big "no-no". Real Estate in person is closed.

Also, if they withdraw or cancel on the MLS, the seller will get inundated with spam calls from other agents. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Best practices is no face to face until at least April per most state's mandatory shelter in place.

Mar 22, 2020 10:51 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Regardless of situation why pursue "talking points" for someone who is not interested, motivated or otherwise unable to move forward for any reason?  Banging one's head against a walll is neither a productive activity or plesant.  

Mar 23, 2020 04:53 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Show the vacant homes, do video tours of the occupied homes, and then allow for a personal inspection once an acceptable offer is written.

Mar 23, 2020 02:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is a good time to stay at home. The temporary suspension of showings is a good ides.

Mar 23, 2020 06:17 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Crank up your videos to show and tell without virus worries for you or your buyers or your sellers. You can show and tell with just one video uploaded for round the clock cyber open house.

Mar 23, 2020 05:46 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Rather than trying to convince them to show their house, why don't you discuss the pros/cons of keeping their home on the market without showing it?  Maybe they should take their home off the market until they are comfortable opening it to be shown.

Mar 23, 2020 05:39 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Here in NH we ar enot in a shelter in place. I spoke to each seller, those uncomfrtable we puttheir sale on hold. Those that need to sell, we use the virtual tour first. I have had a seller put out gloves for us to use. I have had a seller where i wore gloves, opened doors and the buyer touched nothing. We leave buyers kids at home. We stay the 6 feet away. Yes houses are still selling. I had one seller refuse to leave and followed 6 feet behind me sanitize anything i touched even with said gloves. Of course before even showing anything there is teh long list of questions fo rbuyers and sellers about being sick, any cough or travel to affected areas.

Mar 23, 2020 05:28 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Because right now I have to -- per the Governor, we're not essential and are shut down. 

Mar 23, 2020 05:21 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Some sellers will want to stop showings and some won't. Some buyers are still looking and some aren't. If a seller doesn't want to show it at this time, then whatever the MLS rules are at this time re: status are what would have to be followed. Good luck!

Mar 23, 2020 05:08 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

In our State (PA) all Real Estate activies have been shut down ( we can’t even go in our office )

Mar 23, 2020 05:03 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

It sounds like the sellers are being the sensible ones.

Mar 23, 2020 04:49 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Our MLS doesn't allow you to be listed and not show the house. I've only been turned down for 1 showing on 1 Active property and they also didn't update MLS to say it had an accepted offer on it.

Mar 23, 2020 04:41 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Buyers just need to look at photos already in the MLS and do drive bys to check out communities and ask for permission to walk around the outside of homes. Consider writing offer with contingencies that can be extended.

Mar 23, 2020 04:23 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Video and photos but video is better.

How do you get inspections done?

Will the lender be able to have the house appraised?

Mar 23, 2020 07:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh my heavens ... WAKE UP!!

I am with Greg Cremia on this. 

Mar 23, 2020 06:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I wouldn't allow it Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS but then again 95% of my listings (prior to my retirement) were unoccupied new construction. In the past when I had sellers who made it hard to show their homes I'd let them know that they either change their tune or find another Realtor. I've never had time to waste on this crap.

Mar 23, 2020 06:16 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

All homes shown on the MLS in Ca and the other lock down states should be in a status other than active.

So, do the real estate agent thing and throw everyone under the bus.

Let's say the seller DOES want to let the house be shown, but safely. The seller requires the house be sterilized the upon their departure. How will you meet that requirement?

So....a legitimate 'No Show." No status change needed.

Mar 23, 2020 05:30 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If on the market agents should have to show to the serious vetted buyers

Mar 23, 2020 06:58 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Take them off the market at least not to transmit someone's virus to sellers.

Mar 23, 2020 05:54 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sellers understandably are not having their homes shown, although many are going into escrow still.  CAR put the kaibosh on in person activities, but that won't stop... well most people.  I am not showing homes at this time, but I also don't recognize CAR's authority to order us to stop in person activities, let alone order the public to stop.  There should be a lawsuit over that, I think, of the ACLU variety

Mar 23, 2020 09:43 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Just say "no" if you feel that is the right thing to do. Buyers and sellers should appreciate that for their own health.

Mar 23, 2020 08:12 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

There is no reasong to promote a listing as active if it can't be shown. Sellers do what they want and agents try to inform them of the best thing to do.

Mar 23, 2020 05:47 PM