Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Why have your sellers listed a home on Friday and requesting no showings until Sunday? They've missed the two best days for showings! Many agents don't work on Sundays here, so Fridays & Saturdays are their big showing days. And, most agents don't particularly care to show homes during open houses either.

As for making an exception, that would totally be your sellers' call but, I would strongly encourage them not to. Rules are rules and it is stated in MLS that they don't want any showings until Sunday. If they say they are ready for the one, then they should be ready for all MLS members & their buyers.

May 16, 2018 05:34 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh for God's sake, the house is active it's available show it!

May 16, 2018 07:54 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Funny thing is that I just ran into this very sort of situation couple days ago. Listing agent makes rules about showings.... is the seller aware of this? Does the seller approve or are they the seller's instructions? That showings are being prevented by the listing agent for the purposes of pushing those showings on open house day?


By mysterious means, the seller found out about my showing request on Friday (which had been denied and pushed to the Sunday open house), it was like "oh ya?", instantly approved and welcomed by the seller - come on over. Listing agent called me thereafter... very humbled.... I'm not sure he still has the listing... let me check...

May 16, 2018 06:57 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I say put it in the MLS when it is ready to be shown. Never held back!

May 16, 2018 05:27 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would never hold off showings on my listing. You only have one shot to be a new listing where you get the most looks and showings, when i put it in mls, i want to start showing day 1. 

May 16, 2018 05:02 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Why do you feel the need to restrict access to this home prior to the open house?

May 16, 2018 04:46 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Chantilly, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Praful Thakkar our MLS system has rules you can not list as active and not allow showings. You have to take the home off the market under temporary off status. 

If I had a very motivated buyer I would pick up a phone and call the agent and request a showing. If they are firm about their showing instruction that you have no choice but to wait out until Sunday. 

May 16, 2018 03:05 AM
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
The most important home I sell is YOURS!

Sounds to me like the listing agent is trying to get both sides.  I be he/she would show it on a Friday.  I hate this tactic.  Don't put the sign in the yard until it's active and ready to be shown. In my opinion this is unfair to your seller as they may miss the perfect buyer. 

May 16, 2018 06:29 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      It should not be in MLS if it is not ready to be shown.   Either remove it from MLS, or let the Buyer in.

May 16, 2018 06:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would follow what has been agreed on. No doubt there are plenty of other motivated buyers, too. If you show to one you need to show to all.

May 16, 2018 05:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Likely,  I have had this conversation with the seller and there is agreement how it will be handled. "Do not show before " dates and offer submission guidelines are not uncommon so informed local agents know this and unferstand.  That said --- stuff can and does happen so it is important to discuss how these scenarios will be addressed. 

May 16, 2018 04:00 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well it depends is the seller ready, is the seller willing am I available and the list goes on and on... must agent tell you to wait until the rest see it... who are you representing it is up to the seller...just sayin...Endre

May 15, 2018 10:49 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Why is it no showing until Sunday at the open house?   Open house hardly sells the home, although it may happen.  Open house is mostly for agents trying to get buyer leads.  I guess depending upon the reason, I may or may not let the agent shows the home. Is this home under coming soon status in the mls and will be active on Sunday?  

May 16, 2018 09:49 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I would ask my seller if he/she would like me to change the instructions to accommodate the potential buyer. It is their house and their decision.

May 16, 2018 08:00 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Why would you wait till Sunday in the first place.?

May 16, 2018 07:52 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with Michael Jacobs .  I have shown properties under construction and wearing hard hats and work boots.  You may have a deal or you may not. The owners were delighted that I was willing to show the property in the rain.  Check with the sellers and  Just do it!  A

May 16, 2018 07:39 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

I would never put a listing in MLS and not allow showings. If it's in MLS, should be ready to show.

May 16, 2018 06:38 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Get an offer in subject to inspections ASAP

May 16, 2018 05:47 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Our mls rules state is the property has an active status it must be available for showing.

May 16, 2018 05:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

It's up to the seller.

May 16, 2018 05:05 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Same rules must apply for all or you run the risk of a complaint being filed and reputation tarnished.   They'll always label such buyers as motivated and unavailable on days when the house is.  In this market, everyone is trying to beat everyone else to the offer table.  Establish a cut off for offers and open it up now. 

May 16, 2018 04:43 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ
I would advise seller is accepting OFFERS today, but showings begin on SUNDAY. I maintian great hope a buyers agent can figure out how to make this work for their motivated buyer. The reality is, 'motivated' has many meanings. Ready to buy now is not one of them.
May 16, 2018 04:08 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Here, if a house isn't available for showing w/i 24 hours of listing, it's supposed to be shown as temporarily-off-market here. If it's on MLS, it's supposed to be available for showings.

May 16, 2018 03:40 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

I'm working for the seller and promoting their best interest.  I would get everyone in possible.  Sometimes the home should not be seen but then it shouldn't be promoted.

May 15, 2018 11:30 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

If your seller requested that you wait, then you should follow those instructions. the buyer will wait.

May 16, 2018 06:52 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It all depends on what the sellers want you to do but don't understand why you or they would hold off showings. I would get as many buyers into see it as possible.

May 16, 2018 03:07 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Some agents like to withhold listings to create enthusiasm and frenzy, and it often works. If you can withhold listings until the open house, you're setting up a situation where 50 families will be touring a house in a 4 hour window - they'll see each other and get panicked that they won't get the house and there will be a bidding war and you'll sell the house in 4 hours above list. It works. If that's what the seller wants, then that's what the seller gets.

No matter how motivated the buyer is, 2 more days won't matter. 

May 16, 2018 01:42 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

"Hi Listing Agent, I have a favor, my cash buyer is in town only Friday, could you set up a fifteen minute showing for us at 10:00 AM?" phone call, see what they say, drive by with client and get a curbside view


May 16, 2018 11:26 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

would be a MLS violation here to allow showings before showing date listed in MLS.

May 16, 2018 11:18 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Praful ~ What is best for the seller client?  I would say have the property shown is in their best interest... with that said, like Ritu has already said that here in the MRIS MLS a property has to be available for showings as soon as it goes Active in the system.

May 16, 2018 10:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Comply with your MLS rules and represent the interests of your client.

May 16, 2018 10:45 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

What the seller wants me to do.

May 16, 2018 10:44 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Some Seller's may only authorize 3 or 4 day / time slots for showings. When this happens their word rules with no exceptions. Many times it is my preferred method also. 

May 16, 2018 10:37 AM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

I always love to show my listings before the first open house... More chances to get offers and generate more frenzy with attendees on Sunday 

May 16, 2018 07:59 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

There are many reasons for instructions in the MLS that state no showing until ... [fill in the blank].  Among them are final touches getting it ready for show time.  
In the market I am in, there is no need to make exceptions  If the buyer is that motivated they will find a way to get to the open house or see it with their agent another time after the open house.

May 16, 2018 06:58 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

That is up to the seller and the reason behind the Sunday rule. Besides, motivated Friday, very motivated Sunday.

May 16, 2018 06:47 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

The buyer should come to the open house early!

May 16, 2018 06:41 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Stick to your Strategy - NO Showings until the Open !

May 16, 2018 06:28 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

If it's OK with the seller and your schedule, I would allow the showing.

May 16, 2018 06:02 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

As the buyers agent I would at least ask. 

As a sellers agent there is no way I would allow any early access. If our Board got wind I was posting one thing and allowing other things, I would not want to find out what they would do. 

May 16, 2018 05:50 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Like the instruction stated Sunday

May 16, 2018 05:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

There are typically reasons for no showings before a specific date (often set by a seller). I suppose you can always call the listing agent and ask for an exception, but be prepared for a no. I've done this a few times and when I get the no, I wait until showings begin. (In fact, I can't remember a time when I received a yes.) I get calls about motivated buyers all the time (aren't they all motivated these days with lack of inventory?)... and then they have no interest in the home when they see it.

May 16, 2018 05:04 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Ask your seller. It's their deal and if they are willing, to show one, I'd say open it up. If not, they are responsible for the outcome. 

May 15, 2018 11:27 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I would never hold back any showings!  

May 16, 2018 07:10 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

if my criteria is met...we show until it goes

May 16, 2018 11:14 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

If a home owner tells me "No showings until Saturday" I will call and explain the situation BUT it's the Sellers call, not mine Praful Thakkar 

May 16, 2018 08:50 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We see this a lot, and still have buyer agents calling to get approval to see the home early.

May 18, 2018 02:37 PM