Please Do Not Show in Inclement Weather

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Please Do Not Show in Inclement Weather

Some things are so bizarre you just couldn't make them up if you tried.  I was showing property today to a young couple looking for some more space.  We're seeing a bunch of older single family homes.  Some are newly renovated as foreclosure flips.  Some have been obviously loved by the families that inhabited them for the last two or three decades.  It's really neat to see these homes.  They all have character in their own way.

The first home on our tour today was one that both the husband and wife were in agreement was very possibly IT.  Yes, the first home we've seen in thirty that they both loved.  I glanced over the remarks on the MLS printout in my hand and the following words might as well have been in four inch, neon and blinking type. 

PLEASE DO NOT SHOW DURING OR JUST AFTER INCLEMENT WEATHER.

I don't like to put a damper on the excitement of a husband and wife who have finally seen eye to eye on a home, but THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call a CLUE.  Roof leak?  Water in the basement?  Leaky windows?  Flooding street?  No matter WHY they don't want agents showing the home in inclement weather, the reasons can not be good.  I sincerely doubt, as it was a vacant home, that it was a matter of the owners not wanting wet shoes in the home.  The remarks would have then simply said something like, "Please remove shoes if wet or dirty before entering."

My Buyers may still have this home a short list, but I can assure you that IF the home still is on their list, we'll be stopping by on the first rainy day we get.  Sure would help us to narrow down exactly what the it is that inclement weather does to this home. 

 

 

 

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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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Wonderful catch Chris Ann and I'm glad that you share that information with your clients too!!  That's what we call a "clue" -- yup!!  ;-)

April 12, 2012 06:10 PM
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Sheila Anderson
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Too strange Chris Ann. No you just can't make this stuff up.  

April 12, 2012 06:42 PM
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Joni Staples
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Wow. I know this is a crazy question, but did you ask the listing agent why? I would love to know what the answer was. Our MLS does not allow you to show without an appointment UNLESS the listing states that you can show it any time. So we could visit the outside, but not the inside without an appointment.

April 12, 2012 07:44 PM
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Chris Ann:

I haven't seen that before, but there is always a first time.  I see plenty of signs saying "remove your shoes" during inclement weather.  It might be a totally harmless remark, but it certainly does raise your antenna to search for something more problematic.

April 12, 2012 08:19 PM
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Tammie White
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That's why it is so important to use a buyer's agent. A buyer who loves the home might not even read between the lines. Good catch!!

April 12, 2012 08:53 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Chris Ann - Things that make you go "Hmmmm!"  It definitely raises questions.

April 12, 2012 10:36 PM
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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Thanks for the great idea Chris Ann!

I'm changing the instructions in some of my short sales today . ..

"Please do not turn on the lights and open curtains while showing!"

April 13, 2012 02:49 AM
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Carol-Ann Palmieri
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You are right so bizarre that you can't make them up.   Like others I first thought of tracking stuff through the house but seems that  wasn't the case.    New one to me!   Thanks for the smile this am!  

April 13, 2012 03:22 AM
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Yicks....run for cover...not for an offer....sounds like major trouble here !

April 13, 2012 03:50 AM
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LaNita Cates
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LOL! That is too funny! And in Joliet, that's the best time to view homes because the majority of older homes have leakage after a heavy storm.

April 13, 2012 05:18 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Carla:  I have a hard time believing it's just for the sake of not tracking in mud.  There are better ways to say that.

Sheila:  It's one of the oddest comments I've ever seen.  Most concerning too.

Joni:  Yes.  Listing Agent says it's because the sellers don't want mud tracked in the home.

Evelyn:  Exactly.  If that's the issue, as they stated it was when I  called the Listing Agent, there is a better way to state it.

Tammie:  Absolutely.

 

April 13, 2012 12:50 PM
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Christine:  I know!  I don't this as a harmless request at all.

Fernando:  Even that doesn't sound as bad, does it?

Carol Ann:  They say that was why, they don't want mud tracked in the home.  Just makes no sense to rule out showings entirely on bad weather days.

Sally & David:  No kidding.  Well, the good news for my buyers is they are continuing to look.

LaNita: I have never seen viewing homes in the rain as a bad thing for just that reason.

April 13, 2012 12:58 PM
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Kathy Streib
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Chris Ann- good grief.. they might as well put out a "Warning Will Robinson" sign on the door.  I wasn't sure where this was going... like don't show in inclement weather because your buyers might slip and fall or something.  

April 13, 2012 01:05 PM
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Kathy:  They swear it's because they don't want mud in the house.  

April 13, 2012 01:37 PM
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Karen Feltman
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It makes you wonder if the agent realized the kind of things that agents and potential buyers would think.  Talk about causing their minds to race!  Silly to cause such things.  I agree that I would be questionning if there was more to it than worrying about people tracking stuff into the house.  Good luck with that one!

April 15, 2012 08:20 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Karen:  I think it's not even on the short list anymore because of these remarks.  The couple who viewed it found a cute home over the weekend.  Now we're just waiting to get the offer accepted.  They went in strong.

April 16, 2012 08:08 AM
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Sharon Alters
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Chris Ann, that's just plain snarky and stupid! Not to mention underhanded and illegal. Does that agent seriously think they are going to get away with this?

Sharon

April 16, 2012 06:45 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Sharon:  I think the answer is YES.  It's a shame, isn't it?

April 16, 2012 07:52 PM
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Marti Steele Kilby
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OMG.  Ae you kidding me?  Glad you found them something more suitable...and that agent probably wouldn't have been someone you wanted to work with in the transaction.

April 20, 2012 05:41 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Marti:  I don't know if the one we ended up working with is much better.  Just posted about her and the ordeal of getting under contract.  

April 20, 2012 05:48 PM
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