Four Reasons Why We Can’t Go See The House Just Because You See A Sign
It happens all too often. I’m out touring a buyer around the homes that we have scheduled to view. They spot another home with a sign out front. Here it comes…”Ooh can we go see that house?” Now comes the part where I explain why we can’t just walk on up and take a look. While this may be a viable option in other markets around the country, it just is not a good practice in the Inland Empire. Let me share why:
1. With over 80% of homes being some type of distressed property, we can not just assume that because we see a lock box it is okay to just take a look. Many times the homes are still occupied and may even require an appointment. I have been to homes that appear vacant on the outside but once inside you can see that it is clearly still occupied.
2. Sometimes there are special showing instructions that are crucial to follow. Without checking these instructions first, we could easily encounter security alarms that are triggered, guard dogs, homeowners that are day sleepers, etc. Trust me these situations are never fun to stumble upon.
3. Often times the home has already been placed under contract with a buyer. Realtors typically do not remove the For Sale sign until the home has closed escrow. That means that the home is usually not available for showing anymore.
4. Just because you see the home in the neighborhood you have been looking at does not mean it will meet your budget or needs. Realtors have access to the Multiple listing Service and can take a look there to not only find out the status but to also find out whether this house truly looks like it fits your criteria.
Rest assured, most Realtors would love to take you to see all the homes that you desire
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