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Sellers - The Product You're Selling is Your House - Allow Black Friday Showings

Sometimes you have to wonder if the sellers truly want to sell their homes or not. Most are cooperative, but a surprisingly high number continues to throw up roadblocks to showings. 24 hours notices, limited hours during any one day, no agents' cars with signs on them, park around the block, too complicated alarm systems, barking dogs that threaten buyers, and on and on.

I have turned down listings simply due to the outrageous numerous demands of sellers in this tough buyers market. Most of the homes I rejected are still available. I wonder why?????

If you have a product to sell, would you close your doors on a busy, holiday shopping day?  If you're a home seller with their house on the market for sale, doesn't that mean you're living in your product? Just because it's a holiday, does that mean you should "close your doors" for the sale?

house closedHere's the picture...

Last year, I was 10 months pregnant around Thanksgiving. I was ready to pop. I had buyers I was trying to finish things up with so I could make sure they were taken care of before the baby came. I didn't want my impending hospital stay to ruin their home-buying process.

The mom was out of the country and was relying on her son to view her favorite house from my opinions. The only time he was available to view this house was several different days over Thanksgiving. We didn't actually expect a seller to allow us in on actual Thanksgiving Day.  We tried the day before, the day after, and even tried for Saturday or Sunday. 

The seller declined EVERY appointment I tried to make. 

He finally allowed us in the house on Monday after the HolidayThen, the sellers left town for a few days.  Even if we hurried and submitted an offer that Monday, they wouldn't have responded as the listing agent said they told her they would not be taking calls.  They did want to sell, right?

I had my baby on Tuesday. I wrote the offer on the house on Thursday. We executed on Friday. We could have done everything a week earlier if the sellers didn't think they could just close up shop and not allow the holiday shoppers in. It's not like there was a 25% off sale or anything.

Sellers, if you have a product to sell, make sure it's available for purchase when it's convenient to the buyers buying the product!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsJohn Elwell • November 22 2011 06:56PM


Hi John, THank you for the reblog. Sellers, let us in your homes!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

I've been trying to get into one house for two weeks to do an inspection. Tenants. They are going away for Thanksgiving weekend, so finally I'll be able to do the inspection on Thanksgiving Saturday.

Posted by Not a real person almost 9 years ago

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