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Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

I always try to be 10 to 15 minutes early.  When I was actively showing in Las Vegas with some traffic and accident problems I would often plan on an hour early because I did not want to be rude or inconsiderate of clients.  it is easy to use the extra time on paperwork while I wait.


I feel it is totally unacceptable for an agent not to be on time and even let one agent go who was so rude and inconsiderate.

Sep 27, 2015 09:38 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I am ALWAYS there ahead of time. It is totally unexceptable to be more than 5 minutes late. We are an latin time here and I will wait 10 minutes thean I go. Last week 45 minutes after I left (45+10) I get a call, "where are you? We are here".

Sep 27, 2015 08:44 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I'm always early; I leave time for the unexpected and I cannot remember the last time I was late for anything.

Sep 27, 2015 12:31 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I try to be 5 minutes early and often find my appointment waiting on me. I may need to modify to 10-15 minutes early. 

Sep 27, 2015 10:59 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Depends on whether you are serious about your business, never be late!


Sep 27, 2015 10:40 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Right on time.  I don't like to wait or have people waiting for me. I'll give about 8 minutes before I call & will call if I'm running more than 3 minutes late. 

Sep 27, 2015 10:15 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I believe that being on time is professional. I am always 5-10 minutes early so I never have to worry about unexpected traffic, etc. If showing a home, I like to have the house open, lights on, etc. 

Sep 27, 2015 09:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I always try to arrive early for appointments. Never late.

Sep 27, 2015 09:07 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Often not on time the traffic and car accidents often slow us.....


Sep 27, 2015 08:42 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

If my time is exact I arrive early and wait in my car and head to the door a minute or two early.  If an approximate time I arrive on the early side of it by a few say 5-10 minutes.  

Oct 05, 2015 03:34 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. I always say, if I'm on time, I'm late. I would be early 99% of the time.

Make it a great week!

Sep 27, 2015 07:17 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm always the early bird. It's just the way I am. 

Sep 27, 2015 04:00 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I like to be few minutes before my client, but I know that with L.A. horrid traffic, there is a chance I have to wait or I can be late few minutes.

Sep 27, 2015 02:17 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I usually try to arrive 10 minutes early to all my appointments. It gives me time to relax and reflect on the appointment. 

Sep 27, 2015 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

They can be late.  I cannot.  I always try to arrive at least 10 minutes early and knock on the door right on time.  If there is some huge traffic issue, I call ahead as soon as I know there is a problem to reschedule.

Sep 27, 2015 01:20 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I try to arriver 15 minutes early, so i can open the home and turn light on as needed.

Sep 27, 2015 12:57 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I try to arrive early or right on time for appointments.  I hate being late and hate having to wait for someone who is late. 

Sep 27, 2015 12:19 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I try to show up abt 5 mins early, if I can. If I am running 5 mins or more late, I call ahead to let them know on my way and ETA (esp if I've gotten caught in traffic).

Sep 27, 2015 11:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think it is completely rude to show up late for an appointment.  Had a walk thru tonight at 5, and was there at 4:30, as my clients are always early! 

Sep 27, 2015 11:11 AM
John Ferrier
Mortgage Network Solutions, LLC - West Chester, PA
20+ yrs as a consultative mortgage professional

5 minutes early is late!

Sep 27, 2015 10:11 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Aim for 15 minutes early.

Mar 08, 2019 11:15 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I'm usually there about 5-10 early and park down the street. This way I know I didn't get lost and can check out the area.

Oct 04, 2015 08:47 AM
Steve Vondran
The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C. - San Francisco, CA
IP Lawyer for the Real Estate Industry

Like Fedex, on or 5 minutes before the time set. 

Oct 03, 2015 08:41 AM
Debra Peters
Referral Realty - Manorville, NY
NY Real Estate Salesperson

Debbie Reynolds I strive to arrive 10-15 minutes early but do not approach the door until 5 minutes before. I like to be able to sit in my car and collect my final thoughts prior to meeting my potential client. I don't think it's acceptable to be late. How do you feel if you have a Doctor's appointment and the Doctor is running late? Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you. 

I have run late because of traffic, but I ALWAYS call the homeowner to let them know I'm running late and why.

Oct 01, 2015 08:06 PM
Linda Poggi
M Realty - Lake Oswego, OR
Real estate agent in Portland Metro area

I try to arrive at appointments as close to the agreed time as possible, not early and definitely not late. It's so stressful and unprofessional to be late for an appointment! Getting to a location nearby at least 10 minutes early will allow you to walk into the appointment at the specified time with no stress!

Sep 28, 2015 01:12 PM
Kyle Siegel
Keller Williams Realty Downtown - Denver, CO
Amazing Realtor serving the Denver metro area

I'm always a few minutes early or exactly on time, never late. There is nothing that says "I don't value your time and mine is more important" than someone that always shows up late. 

Sep 28, 2015 12:05 PM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

I make a point to never be late, unless there is a true emergency (like I dropped dead).

Sep 28, 2015 06:49 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

It's never acceptable to be late. If something unavoidable happens - like a car wreck on the highway so you can't get through - then call and let people know. 

As for being early - I would get there early, then wait until the appointed time to knock on the door. It annoys the heck out of me if I'm trying to get ready for an appointment and someone pops in early. Five minutes is OK - but no more than that. 

Sep 28, 2015 05:16 AM
Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I find it completely unacceptable to be late to an appointment but things happen and you should communicate with the other party if you are going to be late but it shouldn't become a habit.  The other day while showing property to a client, another agent showed up with his clients and wanted to see the same property.  I told the agent that I had a scheduled appointment and he needed to wait till my clients were finished.  He told me that he was too busy to wait and wanted to get into the house.  I asked him if he had an appointment and he said it did, 15 minutes earlier but couldn't make it.  I was annoyed but instead of having an argument in front of our clients I let him in.  I did call both the listing agent about scheduling appointments too close together and I called his broker because he was such an a$$hole to me.

Sep 28, 2015 02:56 AM
Megan Randolph Phelps
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Albuquerque, NM
Residential Home Sales

It is never acceptable to keep people waiting for you. We all keep a schedule and not adhering to a set appointment, indicates to the other person you don't respect their time and their schedule. For appointments, I like to arrive 5-10 minutes early. If it's a for a showing, I can use the time to turn on lights, open blinds and become familiar with features not included in the listing. For Listing Presentations, I like to spend some time in the neighborhood for a bit to see other listings, or the comps that I'm using for pricing in person. 

Sep 28, 2015 12:30 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I don't consider it to be acceptable to be on the late side. I consider myself to be late, if I am 15 minutes early.

Sep 28, 2015 12:25 AM
Austin Seagrave
Austin Seagrave Realty - Charlotte, NC
Concierge Real Estate Services

When I make appointments I'm right on time - everytime!  And if for some reason I cannot be - even if I'm 5 minutes late, I call.  This is something my clients count on and it seems to have helped them trust me right from the start.

Sep 28, 2015 12:04 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I don't ever consider it okay to be late unless it's an emergency.  I also think arriving 15 minutes early is rude.  Most of the time the sellers are scrambling at the last minute to get the home ready.  When showing homes, I have a schedule that we need to stick by.  

Sep 27, 2015 11:36 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

On the late side is never acceptable, in my book. A bit early is good. But, all may depend on the local customs. For example, in Rome, if you are ON TIME, you are terribly rude; the expectation is that you be about 10 minutes late. In Germany, you have a 10-minute window before you are considered "toast". 

Sep 27, 2015 11:03 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I hate being late so I am more of the 5-15+ category.

Sep 27, 2015 10:19 PM
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

I always try to get there 15 minutes early.  Even though I may leave early allowing for extra travel time, sometimes, due to unexpected traffic and road construction, I may end up being on time or a few minutes late.

Sep 27, 2015 10:12 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

In my book, tardiness is never acceptable unless it was some major event that could not have been avoided under any circumstance. I always show up no later than 5 minutes before an appointment.

Sep 27, 2015 09:45 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Monday morning Debbie. To be on time is late! It is never acceptable to be on the light side.

Sep 27, 2015 07:24 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I ALWAYS aim to arrive early.  You never know how hard the property will be to find, where you can park or what traffic you'll encounter.  As a former instructor of mine says "If you can't be on time, be early."

In my book, being late is unprofessional.  I have things to do after the appointment and so does the person I'm meeting.  Being late inconveniences all of us and our after plans.  You only have one chance to make a first impression, so be early and make it count!

Sep 27, 2015 04:01 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Debbie - I have gotten a lot better with this, and always try and be at least 5 minutes early. I do not feel it is acceptable to be late.

Sep 27, 2015 03:40 PM