Why Agents Need Advance Notice to Set Showing Appointments

Posted by Judy Orr on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 12:09pm.

real estate agent setting appointments for Homer Glen homes for saleReal estate agents know that it can be fun and exciting viewing potential homes that you might be interested in purchasing. When you find a home online, in an automated e-mail or driving down the street, you might want to see it right now. However, even if it is a vacant home, we still need to make an appointment with the listing office.

If you want to view several homes, we need time to set up a logical route, put a viewing time on each one and then call each individual listing office. We need to be in our offices to print up the listing sheets before we can even work on setting up the appointments. Although we can use our smart phone, tablet or laptop on the road if necessary, it isn't that easy if there are multiple properties to set up. If you reach us when we're out of our office, we most likely will need to get back in order to set up appointments, especially if there are more than one.

Sometimes we have to contact individual agents who set their own appointments, and we usually get their voice mail. I don't understand why a busy agent would set their own appointments, but some do, and we are at their mercy of when they're going to listen to our voicemail and then they have to call the owners if the home is occupied. I've had agents not call me back at all and I had to chase them down. That's another story I've written blog posts about before. I doubt their sellers know that they're missing out on showings because of the way their agents set appointments on their own.

At HomeSmart Realty Group we have office staff that set our appointments during our business hours. If the home is vacant, I usually use the automatic showing system that is built into the MLS. Our sellers will only miss out on showings if they're not available.

Busy agents might already be working with their buyer or seller clients when you're interested in seeing a home. That's why we also need advance notice, so we can set aside enough time to show you properties without rushing you through. We want you to take your time viewing properties and that's how we treat all of our buyer clients.

If you want to see a home please give Judy Orr or Jimmy Herter a call or text at 708-536-8200 and we'll do our best to get you in as quickly as possible. We show homes in Homer Glen, Lemont, Mokena, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Palos Park and most southwest suburbs.

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