Please Leave A Business Card...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

please leave a business card


I snapped this picture while showing houses this morning. The showing instructions by the seller and Listing Agent were pretty simple.. "leave a business card, turn off all lights, lock all doors and be sure to exhale when you inhale. I don't understand why sellers and Listing Agents are so demanding about "leaving business cards." In Houston we use CSS, Centralized Showing Service. This company allows us to know who made the appt and when it was scheduled. Our Supra Lock boxes also tell us who popped the lock, their phone number and when they were at the home.

So why the cards? To me it looks trashy, messy and desperate. It shouts... "WE CAN'T SELL" A bunch of business cards show a LACK of interest, not a show of interest.


Sellers shouldn't be calling buyers agents anyways... So I see no productive reason for cards to be left behind. When me and my buyer walked into this house she said.... "oh, wow..... I wonder what's wrong with this place?"

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Dee Bundy and Leslie Leis Northern Colorado Home Team
Fort Collins Realtor @ ERA Herman Group Real Estate NoCo

Well Greg, I hate to be the boring "what she/he said" commenter but I can't add much to the mix here.  I've had the same series of thoughts about why we are still leaving cards when our CSS keeps things so organized.  However, I still like to put my card down as a stamp that I was there - both for the sellers and for other agents.  I feel like it shows that I'm active and have active buyers.

February 07, 2011 11:25 AM
Michelle Francis
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease
Tim Francis Realty LLC


You know, my sellers don't keep them out, so that helps.  However there is a ton of good data that these cards can provide, so as a buyer's agent, I try to get that out of it.  

We've had showings where it was a brand new listing - maybe 3-4 days old and there were already 12 cards.  My clients liked the house and I suggested they offer fairly quickly at a reasonable price because as I pointed out with the cards, the activity level was high for just a few days.  The neighborhood was great and the price was good.  

My buyers wanted to offer very low, but beyond that, they wanted to think about it.  They actually were shocked when they called me three days later to put in a bid.  As soon as they did I checked and found out it was under contract.  

Cards tell the buyers a story, I'm not sure the sellers want them around. 

All the best, Michelle

February 07, 2011 11:25 AM
Kevin J. May

Greg, your "Abominable" pic is awesome.  Leaving cards at others listings, an abomination I believe, especially if the home is occupied.  I will leave them only when requested to.    

February 07, 2011 11:47 AM
Anthony Daniels
SF Bay Area REO Specialist
Coldwell Banker


I never leave a business card or fork one over when asked for several reasons:

1- It's a waste of time and natural resources.

2- It somehow seems to give the other agent, a form of "permission" to add you to their "unsolicited e-mail list".

3- It's one more thing to clean up each time I visit the property.

February 07, 2011 11:56 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Hi Greg -- WOW --- what a response this post has brought.  It's interesting to hear of the customs in different areas.  In my area, we leave cards even though our lockboxes have the capability of giving the listing agent showing information details.  As far as seeing the business cards lined up or displayed --- if a listing is brand new, I have heard many clients comment that it must be a hot property due to all of the interest.  

February 07, 2011 11:58 AM
Andrew Cepeda
Real Estate Agent - 720.216.7617
Keller Williams Denver Central

I agree with everything about this idea.  When I show a house and I see a stack of business cards it looks like nobody is making an offer.  Maybe the agent hasn't even been to the home in weeks!  And not to mention the listing agent has all my contact info from when I set up the showing with their office or showing service.  Why do they need my card?  Seems to me like an automatic default showing instruction from ages past when email didnt exist that some how has stuck around.

Btw, I don't leave my card.  Not out of disrespect, but out of not being wasteful.

February 07, 2011 12:47 PM
Mike Henderson
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848
Your complete source for buying HUD homes

The wierdest thing of the mls's one is; leave a card and we will fine you.  The other one is don't leave a card and we will fine you.

February 07, 2011 12:56 PM
Bill Rozek
NMLS #214260
Embrace Home Loans, Inc.

In areas where it is required, customary or requested, couldn't the listing agent leave a small sealed box with a slot in it for cards to be dropped into?

February 07, 2011 01:07 PM
Aaron Seekford
Arlington VA Homes 703-836-6116
Arlington Realty, Inc.

When there is already a computerized service that leaves your contact information (lockbox), then there is no reason to leave a business card. It's like sending a telegraph message when you can write an E-mail.

February 07, 2011 01:16 PM
Josh & Dawn McKinley

I'll leave my card at houses that don't have a Supra box, just as a courtesy for the listing agent. We have a field on our MLS for combo box codes, so we don't even have to call the lister for access. Someone mentioned before that a lot of REOs in her area aren't on Supra boxes, which is also the case here, so I tend to drop a lot of cards :-)

February 07, 2011 01:27 PM
Jenny Cross
Newlun Realty

IMO, I don't like to leave my card, simply because I have and then been hounded for the next two weeks buy the listing agent on when he will be receiving my offer. I realize that he was getting desperate since the listing term was almost up but to call every other day for a update was getting tiresome. I also feel that my office has a good idea inthat is instead of asking agents to leave their card, we send them a buyer comment sheet before the appointment and wait for their reply. This way no one is getting offended and there is not a abundanceof cards being left giving the wrong vibe. We also get to find out how the house is showing without "annoying" the buyers agent with frequent calls for updates. Granted when asked I will leave my card to be polite.

February 07, 2011 01:58 PM
Teresa Boardman
Saint Paul Home Realty

I like to leave a card so that the sellers know that I was there. My sellers like the cards too. 

February 07, 2011 02:15 PM
Bill Gillhespy
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
16 Sunview Blvd

Hi Greg,  I think it is simply a carryover from before so many offices had the CSS.  You're right - a pile of cards indicates a lot of showings and also that many buyers saw it and it is still on the market !

February 07, 2011 02:23 PM
Brandon & Grace Yee
Lake Tahoe Real Estate
Chase International

Hi Greg,

That's really good point.  I've asked the same question, because we can see who's going in with our Supra info. 

Cheers from Lake Tahoe,
~Grace Yee

February 07, 2011 06:38 PM
Billie Hillier
Savvy Home Realty Solutions
Hillier Real Estate

I have seen it as a negative when a buyer sees all the cards and says "wow, that many showings....what's wrong with this place?"

February 07, 2011 08:27 PM
Joyce Herr
Lancaster County & Beyond
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate

I think leaving a card is courteous and if I were the listing agent /seller, I would collect the cards in a timely fashion for feedback.

February 07, 2011 08:54 PM
Leslie R. Willis

I think the impression the seller and list agent are trying to give is...."if you want this house you better act now because look at all the other agents that have buyers that are after this home"  

When in reality, like you said it looks awful and the fence riders wont really jump at the house but will probably be turned off at the thought of a multi offer situation or start second guessing what's wrong with the house.

But if you are the showing agent you might want to leave it because you never know when it might be your next listing.  On the down side I have had the seller call me to see how the showing went.

February 07, 2011 11:02 PM
Samantha Smith
Sam I Am, d+b Real Estate, Lake Ray Hubbard Realto

agree!!! Business cards left on a counter/table is trashy & speaks volumns to the buyer ... just like you said!

February 08, 2011 09:43 AM
Michael Johnson
Metro Charleston SC
Carolina One Real Estate

The only reason I leave a card is so the seller knows that I have come and gone.  I don't leave cards at empty houses.

February 08, 2011 10:48 AM
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Team of Paradigm AdvantEdge

I completely agree. I've never understood the purpose behind the practice, and it sends a bad message to the potential buyers.

February 25, 2011 04:47 PM
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