Step 3: Now your Home is on the MLS
Yippee!!! Your home is now on the market and all the hard work you’ve put in thus far should start paying off soon! So far you’ve done a lot of prep work to get your home market ready. Now it’s our job to bring you an offer.
Generally, it takes about 24 hours before we get our first showing request but it could also be 48-72 hours. The buyers' agent will reach out to via phone or text. Text is usually easiest if you are at work or in a place you can't answer the phone. Usually, I ask the buyer’s agent to give us 24 hours notice for showings, but it’s not unusual to get showing requests in the AM for that afternoon or evening so when you leave each day, plan to have showings even if we don’t have one on the calendar. If that is an issue due to pets at home, kids, etc. let us know and I can require 24 hours notice.
Once a showing request comes in, you can approve it, deny it, or ask for a different day/time. Remember, the quicker we can get buyers into your place and the fewer showings we have to deny or reschedule, the quicker we can get your place under contract. My mantra is that the buyer shouldn’t have to work around our schedule, which is why I always put a lockbox on every property we sell. I want to get buyers in as quickly as possible and, in order to do that, we need to work around their schedule.
Typically showings last 15-30 minutes. You’ll need to be out 15 minutes before the appointed showing time in case the buyer and his/her agent are early so plan to be out of the home for 45 minutes for each showing request. For example, if a showing is scheduled for 5 pm, please be out by 4:45 pm and don’t come home until after 5:30 pm.
As soon as a showing is finished, the buyer’s agent will immediately get an email asking for feedback and if their client is interested in the home. Unfortunately, only about 30% of agents take the time to give feedback. If we receive feedback we will immediately forward it on to you via email to review. Don’t be surprised when we don’t get feedback and don’t be offended by feedback. We’re looking for that ONE buyer who loves your home. For most, your home won’t be the right fit for various reasons, but we only need to find one.
Lastly, once your home is live in the MLS we will send you a copy of the listing sheet to review. Please review it carefully and let us know of any errors. In addition, if you didn’t like how we phrased something or feel we left out an important point, let us know. Remember, we’re a team and I want to get your house sold just as much as you do!
Questions? Call me @ 253-988-8252