Quite often we hear from sellers who are upset because an agent and his or her clients showed up late for a scheduled showing.
That’s understandable. You interrupt your life to be out of the house and come back an hour later to find that the prospective buyers haven’t been there yet, or are just arriving. It’s frustrating, annoying, and can throw your entire schedule off course.
But there are times when it cannot be helped. Agents try hard to allow enough time to view each house that they’re showing, but sometimes buyers take longer than anticipated to view a home. Other times the homeowner hasn’t left during the showing and the buyers engage him or her in a long-winded conversation. And of course, sometimes traffic problems cause delays. Some things are simply out of the agent’s control.
We ask agents to call if they know they’re going to be late, but if you’ve already left the house, that’s not much help.
So please be prepared for this to happen, and have patience if it does.