Brenda kellen: The etiquette of "showing" a home |

Brenda kellen: The etiquette of "showing" a home

Q. I am looking at homes this weekend with my Realtor, is there some “showing etiquette” to be aware of?

A. I can offer some insight based on my experience with showing properties.

– Prepare – spend time with your realtor in advance reviewing MLS printouts and deciding which homes will be on the list. More is not always better. Review your wish list for the new home and zero in on properties offering the most matches.

– Timing – 24-hour notice. The realtor will coordinate to make sure the homeowner is made aware of the walk-through. The more notice, the better. It is very tedious having a home on the market with lots of strangers in and out at all times of the day, and constantly cleaning and picking up. Therefore, advance notice is very much appreciated.

– Shoes – wear shoes that slip on and off easily. Removing your shoes upon entry to the home is expected.

– Driving – either the realtor or buyer can drive or both. Riding with the realtor in the car will offer extra time for discussing likes and dislikes. Also, this may offer some extra time for Realtor insight on the market.

– Children – the showings will go quicker and smoother if you are able to go on the appointments kid free.

– Pictures – taking pictures of the homes will help you remember specifics.

– MLS sheets – Use the MLS printouts for note taking. Write down questions about the home for your Realtor to get answers.

For more insight into the current real estate market, please contact me directly at (970) 485-1115, visit my website at, or e-mail me at I have been selling with Omni Real Estate for over 10 years and help buyers and sellers in both Grand and Summit County.

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