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I rarely show a house after dark. Way too much can be missed by the buyer. In the summer I usually cut it off by 7:00 pm unless there are special circumstances. For an unoccupied home I have shown as early as 6am and as late as 9
White Plains, NY
Mark Don McInnes, San...
It depends on the owners, we can not do anything without their permission if it occupied, usually no later than 7pm. If it is vacant~ any time would be ok with me. I had clients who were available after 9pm. We checked few houses quite late. But what can you see when it is dark? No good for a property.
I'd think it depends on the market - in an urban area or a building with limited outdoor area, I'd think anytime would be OK. In an area where land, yard layout, landscape, and view are important factors, I'd think daylight would be a prerequisite.
Mark Don McInnes, San...
I would show an occupied house up until about 7:30 or 8:00 but would check with the owners as to their dinner hour.
I personally will not show after dark, and think it is a dis-service for the seller as the home does not show as well after dark. Also, in my area, the homes are located very close together and I think neighbors would be alarmed if someone was trying to show a home after dark. I usually time out the lock boxes when using them between 9 am and 6 pm.
I always discuss with my sellers what time periods they would like showings to be. Sometimes, they don't want showings on specific days or evenings due to religious obsevances. Also, the season makes a difference. I generally program my Sentrilock lockboxes to fit those perameters. Just because a property is vacant and an agent has a Sentricard or one day code, I don't want them showing up at dawn or 10pm and freaking out the neighbors. If an agent has a special need to show at a time other than the lockbox is programmed, and my seller agrees, I'll make it happen.
When working with buyers, I try to encourage daylight showings. You can tell a lot about the house from the outside--as long as you can see it.
I do not show homes after dark.
Vacant homes can be shown anytime, hopefully when light out so the buyer can actually see the outside, in addition is the type of area for one's safety. Occupied homes I rarely show after 8pm. You have to consider if the seller has kids and on school nights time frames may be shorter
If it's occupied it's as appropriate as a seller allows it to be. I've found that occupied homes, especially if they kids, don't love showings much past 6pm. Vacant home--who cars. But then, our lockboxes are set to go "off" by 9pm in any event.
During the winter we can be dark as early as 4.30 so if safety is the concern I would say prior to 4. My buyers tend to stretch the showing line as far as weekends and or holidays. As far as when I feel comfortable in an empty house up to 8 in the evenings. Occupied no later than 7 so there is no chance of interupting a sellers preparations for the next day.
The two words a real estate buyer or seller do not like to hear. "Please wait". Delay getting in means missed opportunity to get that much closer to the real estate closing target. So there is no bad time, limit unless you the agent, broker don't want to go out into the cold night, holiday, whenever. Videos, open house real estate on demand videos fix the finding the key to all those front, side, back doors. Blow them all open with real full motion, natural sound videos for your real estate listings and no delay happens. Vacant or occupied, all are lights on, ready to tour, rewind, retour and to send those links to loved ones helping with the down payments. Deliver the property to the buyer, not make him wait for the other way around. Til your office opens, further delays getting the appointment set up and by then your buyer has moved on, cooled off on your place.
Depends on the homeowners if it's occupied. If possible, I like showing when it's daylight so the buyers can see the outside too. Last year we had a seller who would not show until after work on weekdays, which was 8:00 p.m. and each time we brought a buyer, we had to re-show during daylight hours on the weekend!
I agree that showing the property after 7 pm is not a good idea. Yet, if the client has busy schedule and late hours are the only time they can look for houses, I'll try to make those showings happen.
I think to just before dinnertime. The dark does not help to show a house, or a yard, etc.
Occupied I don't like to show a house after 6 and empty usuall 8. But there are exceptions.
Larry Johnston of course depends on the season. I have shown home as late as 8 PM and as early as 9 AM.
I would feel comfortable doing this up until about 7PM. To be honest...I've never shown property any later than that.
I would not personally ever show a home past 8:30 pm in the summer and dark in the winter. You would have to show it again in the daylight for them to see the yard, and who wants to make two trips out there? Not me!
Seven pm, but it really depends on the occupants.
I have shown homes even at 9:30 PM!
I prefer to accomplish showings while it's still light outside. Before 6 PM if possible.
Empty up until dark thirty. Occupied I try not to go past 7 PM.