Five things we request of Showing agents

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Centre Realtors

I work with both buyers and sellers unlike some agents who only list homes so I understand the problems Buyer's agent have. Sometimes we show homes all day and buyers come late for an appointment or take too much time at one house and we are running late for the next appointment. Sometimes the buyers look at the house from the out side and say they do not want to go in. The sellers may be waiting in the house to let you in . But there are some things we should do when showing houses

Here are some things that I request of showing agents.

1. If you are not going to show up, please call and cancel the appointment.

2. If you are running late please call and inform the  agent's office or appointment center.

3. Please tell your buyers to watch the children so that they are not running all over the house on their own.

4.Leave the house  the way you found it when you arrived.If lights are on leave them on, unless told otherwise.

5.Make sure the house is locked when you leave.Also check the basement door and back door.

 

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Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site www.GitaBantwal.com

 

She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email gita01@aol.com

If you would like a FREE MARKET EVALUATION OF YOUR HOME IN PHILADELPHIA, BUCKS or MONTGOMERY COUNTY call me at 2152758491

 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.

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Rainmaker
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Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth

Gita...good points for all to remember. Thanks..

June 05, 2010 10:31 AM
Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
Today | Sotheby's International Realty

Good reminders, Gita. Too bad courtesy and thoughtfulness are often overlooked--reminders like yours help.

June 05, 2010 11:59 AM
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Gerry Michaels
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Gita, all of the things listed are common courtesy, it is a shame that some in our profession need to be reminded of such things. A couple of months back I had an agent forget to lock the door when leaving, it is a good thing that I always check the listing after a showing, (vacant listings anyhow). Good reminders...

June 05, 2010 01:21 PM
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Vic Steele
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Vic Steele, Broker CA BRE 01349863

I agree with Gerry, these are all common courtesy issues and you shouldn't have to ask.  Nevertheless, it's a good idea to remind the other agents.  The pros will recognize that the gentle reminder is not for them.

June 05, 2010 08:03 PM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Barbara,I agree.  Sometimes the sellers have to take little kids with them and it is an inconveniene.

David, Thank you.

Ellen, Sometimes sellers go though a lot of trouble to prepare for showings like taking the pets or kids out .

Bill, They usually give the window and still show up late.

Kristin, It is difficult to get feedback.

June 06, 2010 07:06 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Joan, I agree they should be considerate of sellers.

Scott, If they are in the neighborhood and call at the last minute I tell sellers to request that they show another house in the area and come back. But some sellers may need a few hours notice depending on circumstances.

Pat, Thank you.

Lottie, Thanks for the comments.

Gerry, That is a good tip to check vacant listings.

Vic, I agree. We have all experienced some of these things and ofcourse the sellers get annoyed at us and want to change showing instructions.

June 06, 2010 07:12 AM
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop
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Very good point Gita!

To be prompt means being professional...

Have a nice day!

June 06, 2010 09:40 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Joshua, Thank you.

June 06, 2010 10:03 AM
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Laura Cerrano
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Gita, these are all great suggestions!! Especially number 1-2 I can relate with.  I remember my mother telling me stories about how a couple of her clients would cancel last minute. one time as she was just stepping out of the house the phone rang.  It was the client canceling at the absolute last moment. We've also had clients be 30min late to thier consultation.   So yes, we all ask please let us know a day or few in advance :)~laura cerrano

June 06, 2010 10:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Laura, Thank you for the comment.That is a nice picture of you and your Mom.

June 06, 2010 11:48 AM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
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Gita, great post, too bad you have to write it. I am sad that this is an all too common occurance. Hope someday this will be written  for a few minority of agents only.

June 06, 2010 04:02 PM
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Angela Clark
CRS, Realtor since 1997.
Tony Clark Realtors, LLC

Gita,  Thank you for the well-written reminder. Our professional courtesy (to our clients, customers and fellow Realtors) is so important. 

June 06, 2010 11:27 PM
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Endre, I hope so too.

Angela, Thank you.

June 07, 2010 06:40 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
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Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

It can be so upsetting for both the agent and the seller when buyers cancel at the last minute.  We've had a seller get a cleaning service in to make their house "shined" and the 2 appointments they had cancelled!

June 07, 2010 06:59 AM
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Larry and Sheila, I agree it upsets the agents and sellers and the sellers sometimes blame the listing agent.

June 07, 2010 07:04 AM
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Cal Yoder
Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744
Keller Williams of Central PA East

Thanks for the list. It can be difficult when buyers are late or decide at the last minute to cancel showings. I know how frustrating it is to a seller. It is interesting that clients feel the need to blame agents. But sometimes when sellers are anxious about whether their home will sell and how quickly they need someone to blame and we are the best scapegoat.

Cal

June 07, 2010 08:16 PM
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Kay Van Kampen
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions

Gita, that's not too much to ask of any agent.  Great Points!  I find so many of our vacant listings not locked or windows open.

June 07, 2010 09:58 PM
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Gita Bantwal
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Cal, It can be difficult to call but we should call the office if we are running late.

Kay, I was at a vacannt listing yesterday and there were 3 showings recently and no one had left a card.

June 08, 2010 06:24 AM
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Beyonca Clark
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Being a new agent these are helpful and seemingly comment sense strategies, but when you new sometimes you don't think. thanks for sharing.

June 12, 2010 08:04 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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RE/MAX Centre Realtors

Beyonca, wish you good luck . Active Rain is a great place where you can learn.

June 12, 2010 09:05 AM
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