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Deborah Rives

Update from my previous comments. Selling a home in one part/climate of the country, such as northeast, and moving to another total opposite part of the country, such as Florida, you might consider selling furnishings with house. Huge mistake I made. Fabrics and colors are lighter here. The buyers wanted to buy our living room and dining room furniture and we were downsizing. Why didn't I sell it. I could kick myself. We paid to move it here and then after renting for a year, didn't need all the furniture. Sold to consignment furniture store. Buyers would've paid more and no shipping. Big mistake. Even moving from a local house to another local house, a lot of sellers sell homes furnished. I like that idea.

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Windermere Homes & Estates

I absolutely agree with the previous comments that the listing agent should show the house to any and all potential buyers. After all, they do know the home and should be able to answer any questions from the potential home buyers. However, a 24 hour lead time might cost you the loss of a qualified buyer. It is a pain in the neck to show your home with a short notice, but if you are able and willing, you are in a much better place than most sellers. I often have relocation clients that come in for a day or two, and they are ready to buy, but they often do not 24 hours to wait for an appointment. So if you are serious about selling your house, try to show it when requested by your agent.

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Team Buxton, Keller Williams Realty

Assume that EVERY day might be a showing day and learn to leave the house in "show-ready" condition every morning. You are selling a product when your house is on the market. Many times your potential buyers will be families relocating from another area and may only be in town for 24-48 hours, so be prepared for last-minute showing requests. It's not the REALTOR's fault, it's just the nature of a potential buyer's showing availability. Perhaps they had a plan to a list of certain homes and during the tour they decide on your area of town, then ask to see homes in your area so your home comes up as a potential listing to view. That is not being inconsiderate, it is just the nature of a relocation visit. I had a $1.25 million dollar listing that refused a showing because of not enough notice and the buyer (not represented by me) bought a $1.5 million dollar home the very next afternoon. They were only in town for 2 days visiting relatives and had not expected to look at homes when they found out they were definitely moving to our area, so they called their buyer's agent and specifically requested to see my listing, apologizing for the late notice. Because the house was not ready, my seller refused the showing stating that if they really wanted to see the house, they could have given her more notice or see it on their next visit. We lost that buyer! Remember, if you have a good agent, they do this full time, every day, and they have a wealth of experience for you to pull from. Listen to their advice. They are there to help you.

   
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