Assisted showings are when listing agents attend real estate showings. Purchasers and sellers, and listing and buyer agents, always have different opinions about this. Below is an overview of their points of view and the pros and cons of assisted showings for Florida property listings.
Buyer and Seller Standpoints on Assisted Showings
Seller Points of View
People generally dislike allowing strangers look around their house but they realize it is needed to sell their property. Sellers therefore like the thought of having their agent present at showings. Although not common, there are instances where articles are removed from a property or a home is not locked up appropriately at the end of a showing. Sellers also like the opportunity for their agent to convey information on the vital features of their property.
Certain purchasers welcome the ability to obtain information from a person familiar with a listing. On the other hand, some will not particularly enjoy assisted showings for a couple of reasons. First, it can make them feel uncomfortable and distracted. In the course of a showing, buyers like to spend more time at homes they like and spend less time at those they do not. When the other agent is there, they feel pressured to view the whole property even if it is immediately obvious that they have no interest. For homes they do like, they frequently feel hurried so as not to take up too much time from the seller agent or imply that they really like the home (as it can influence their bargaining power in the future). Sometimes a listing agent engages in too much discussion with a purchaser throughout a viewing, which is also a distraction. Lastly, buyers are not able to converse openly with each other and with their agent when a representative of a seller is present.
Real Estate Professional Perspectives on Assisted Showings
Seller Agent Thoughts
Seller agents generally find assisted showings very useful in listing a property. Although all details may be provided in listing forms, purchasers or their agents may misinterpret or overlook critical facts. Being at showings grants seller agents an opportunity to address those items and any concerns or misconceptions. By simply being on site, they also reduce the chance of incidents. However, planning a time may be even more challenging. Opportunities may be missed when scheduling conflicts occur.
Purchaser Agent Perspectives
Buyer agents often prefer unassisted showings because they are quicker to schedule and facilitate open discussion with their clients. It is difficult enough coordinating the schedules of the showing agent, buyer, and seller. When you include the listing agent, it can make it a challenge. This is particularly true when scheduling multiple showings back-to-back
Pros And Cons Of Assisted Showings For Florida Property Listings
There are a lot of pros and cons of assisted showings for Florida property listings and they may differ based on the different perspectives. In the end, the choice rests with the home owner. Sellers should particularly think about the impact that it can have on the number of purchasers that can look at their residence and on the experience that those buyers will have during their visit. The locale, kind of residence, belongings, and many additional factors should also be taken into consideration. Sellers should discuss this with their real estate professional to make an arrangement that best safeguards and benefits them in the listing and sale of their property.