This is part of a series of the Benefits of Using a Realtor® or Real Estate Agent. There are many Great Reasons to use a Realtor®. However, there are some you many not even think about.
Have you ever thought about what it takes to make all those appointments when viewing homes?
Making appointments to show homes has become a lot simpler. There was a time when Real Estate Agents had to carry around a book of all the listings, had to call agents or sellers to schedule appointments, wait for return calls, look at maps on a wall, etc. You can imagine how great it was when you could find all the local listings on the computer in MLS.
Now, although it is a bit more easy to get the information, scheduling has some of the same challenges.
1. You have to find out what the specific requirements the seller has of the showing. We have more vacant homes than ever but, they may not have electricity (i.e. lights). That's another story. Some sellers only require you to email and/or leave them a voice mail. Some have specific reasons they require an appointment.
2. You want to make the most of your time so you first want to map out the properties. Fortunately, our MLS now has an online map in which you can see where all the properties you're planning to view are located. This makes putting them in proper order easier.
3. Once they are in the order that works for you, you begin the process of setting the times and scheduling them. When you first meet a client, you don't know if they are the type who are in and out quickly or if they need 30 minutes or more. You have to account for driving time as well as bathroom and food breaks. Then you either schedule them online (as I do) and wait for a confirmation, or you make the call to the showing service to schedule them. The showing service is generally paid by Real Estate Agents via the MLS service.
4. The fun comes in when you can't have access on the date or time requested. We all know, sellers have lives too. However, when your buyer is only in town for the weekend and want to see that one house, you will accommodate their request and re-arrange your schedule. How about when they cancel completely? Then you sometimes have to back up and re-schedule other showings. Otherwise, your driving around waiting for that appointment.
It takes a lot more time than one might think. I'm pretty sure I showed over 1000 homes last year alone. Fortunately, I love my job and I love my clients.
Can you imagine as a seller having all those different Real Estate Agents or Buyers calling you direct at all times of the day and night to get into your home or just showing up at the door?
Can you imagine as a buyer calling the sellers and having them keep you on the phone for eternity telling you why you must purchase their home?
So, as Realtor's®, we take the headache out of schedule. You have one person to schedule with and that's your Real Estate Agent.
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