So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is: Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access you can provide to your agent to be able to show your home.
Here are four levels of access you can provide to a buyer, each with a brief description:
Lockbox on the Door – This allows the buyers agent the ability to schedule a appointment see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, the agent must call showing desk who will then comfirm with the owner as to date and time they whould like to show (usuall with a 1 hour window) this gives you property the best access. And the owner does not have to be home.
Providing a Key to the Home – Although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
By Appointment Only – Example: 24/48-hour notice. Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 24/48 hours to see the house.
Limited Access – Example: the home is only available for a couple of hours a day. This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.
In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.
The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. James McKenna LBA, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage & Keeping Current Matters, Inc. does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. James McKenna LBA, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage & Keeping Current Matters, Inc. will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.