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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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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