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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It depends on the property and the seller.   Many showings can be accommodated with less than 24 hours notice.

As far as your experience and 22 hours not being sufficient -- control issues. 

Apr 27, 2016 12:11 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

More than 24 hours notice,  we are passing you by.

Apr 27, 2016 12:10 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

A minimum of 24 hours is requested but I will always ask my Sellers if they can accommodate a once off shorter request - it is their home, not mine.  (provided I do not need to be in attendance) 

I've found that most professionals have a full understanding of what their next day will consist of.  It is the pop tart agents we're trying to school

Apr 26, 2016 10:55 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

You see it once in a while, but definitely not the majority of the time.  Typically when you do see it, it's tenant occupied and those can be a royal  PITA, anyway.

Apr 27, 2016 12:56 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

If it is tenant occupied they are pretty firm on the 24 hours. Owner occupied is usually 1 – 4 hours notice.

Apr 27, 2016 12:29 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

most of our listings do not require 24 hour notice.... just notice.... we make sure our sellers understand how important it is to cooperate with buyer agents.....

Apr 26, 2016 11:54 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Some people don't want to sell their house much, do they?

Apr 26, 2016 11:50 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Frequent with some owners and many tenants, but the "literal 24" is not, but I did have a couple anal retentives mean it literally...so I called one at 7am Saturday and asked if we could see it at 7am tomorrow?  Even though I don't work Sundays, I couldn't resist.

Apr 26, 2016 11:13 PM
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

24 hours is standard for homes with renters living in them.  Otherwise, 2-3 hours notice is about the average for our area.  I usually schedule the day before anyways with no problems.  If sellers make showing their home difficult, we move on.  Their loss.

Apr 27, 2016 03:49 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I audibly said in a pained voice, WHAAAAAAT?

That's ridiculous. And 24 hours is usually FAR more notice than we expect to have to give. Residential, I want our sellers to be ready in 1 HOUR!

Apr 27, 2016 01:51 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

In my experience, these are tenants who are not happy about having the place sold out from under them. The owners, themselves, are usually very forthcoming and just want to clean up the place before having someone come over.

Apr 27, 2016 01:23 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Depends, vacant and lock box - get in right away no notice needed.

If there's a tenant - even with 24 hours sometimes can't get in

Apr 27, 2016 01:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I wouldn't say it's common but we do see this some. I find it's just "day before" not a strict 24 hours, but I always call before 24 hours just in csae they are strict about it

Apr 27, 2016 12:12 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

That is just silly and the Warden of the listing should give you clemency!

Apr 26, 2016 11:08 PM
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Apr 26, 2016 10:37 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

We generally just require an hour or two 

May 01, 2016 05:35 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®


The seller might have needed the 24 hours notice or more.

I do agree with Michael Jacobs, the agent might have a control issue.....

Apr 30, 2016 10:43 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We don't have A LOT that require 24 hour notice, but try and set appointments the day before just in case.

Apr 30, 2016 07:17 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. That is not common.

Apr 28, 2016 09:49 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Sometimes I am disappointed with such arrangements through such 'rules'!

Apr 27, 2016 03:59 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It's unusual unless the place is tenant occupied - they want time to mess it up before the showing!

Apr 27, 2016 03:39 PM
Corey R. Roberts
Keller Williams Realty—Yuba Sutter - Yuba City, CA
Turning Dreams into Realty.

Right now, major seller's market. So we pretty much have to deal with whatever they want. Doesn't make much sense though... if you want to sell it, allow it to be seen! 

Apr 27, 2016 03:15 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

it's rare to even need an appointment in my area

Apr 27, 2016 02:55 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

No, that is unusual...typically a 2 hour notice is requested.

Apr 27, 2016 01:25 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

24 hours generally means over night.

Apr 27, 2016 01:05 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Now that's a bit too much, unless they had to take the dogs to the park after work, during your showing.   Most are flexible, even when it is a 24 hour notice, but there is the exception.

Apr 27, 2016 01:04 PM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I will generally call the listing agent under those circumstances and ask them to contact the Seller directly. That's someone who doesn't want to sell their home - or a tenant :)

Apr 27, 2016 12:59 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Ours are often much shorter notices than that. 24 hours is not the norm.

Apr 27, 2016 09:34 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If it is tenant-occupied; that can happen. If owner-occupied; tell them to stuff the house where it doesn't shine!

Apr 27, 2016 07:16 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

We have a few that require 24 hour notice if possible.

Apr 27, 2016 06:30 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

Yes, I do see them and those homes stay on market longest.

Apr 27, 2016 06:26 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

If it's occupied, maybe 2-4 hours.  Don't see 24 hours often.

Apr 27, 2016 06:25 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's not that common with most properties, but i still see it. It's not that hard to call and say " I'd like to show your house tomorrow at this time". Many people need time, and don't care what other peoples schedules are. The husband or wife could work night shift. Could have kids and/or pets to deal with, etc. We don't know the family situation of the sellers, and whatever the showing instructions say, that is what agents should follow.

Apr 27, 2016 06:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It's the exception rather than the rule, here. And I've had clients with good reason for asking for 24 hours notice. In one case, her work schedule changed daily and in another she worked the night shift so needed to know in advance if she could come home and sleep or stay away until showing was done. 

Apr 27, 2016 04:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sally - common sense has run amok.  And yes, it's a control issue from the people who need it to function. 

Apr 27, 2016 04:12 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

It's not common to have a 24 hour notice in our area, but there are a few.  Seems like an unmotivated seller who would deny a showing because of 2 hours!  Really?  I agree ... grrrr

Apr 27, 2016 03:32 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

For the most part, only on tenant occupied homes.  Usually it's just "call and leave a message then go."

Some areas are different, I got chewed out once by an agent for calling and going, two hours notice, when the agent wanted to approve all showings first.  I ignored her and pointed out a flaw in her system.  That didn't help matters much and my clients didn't want to write an offer anyways, so I hung up.

Apr 27, 2016 02:29 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Some tenants tried to make it difficult and you need to play their game.


Apr 27, 2016 02:00 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

No, not in my area. Sometimes a 24-hour notice is requested but even then, most sellers would try to accommodate a shorter time frame. It's all about the circumstances, there may be tenants, there may be pets that need to be secured before showings, but generally sellers know that showing restrictions will result in fewer showings.

Apr 27, 2016 12:59 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes, very common.

Translated in layman's terms, 24 hours and you WILL get in. Less that 24 hours and you MAY get in. 

If a listing agent is dealing with a owner that treats selective criteria as opportunities to attack for non-conformance, then the 'letter' takes precedence over desire.

Apr 27, 2016 12:16 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Apr 27, 2016 12:09 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

It usually means at least day-before notice, not literally 24 hours.

Apr 26, 2016 11:29 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If my criteria is met, you get to see the place or what good am I?

Apr 26, 2016 11:20 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Twenty four hours should be plenty and have seen a few that were seventy two!

Apr 26, 2016 11:11 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

It's actually not a norm but give me a break on the 2 hours. The appt desk at my office never gets nuts like that.

Apr 26, 2016 11:01 PM
Christopher Pagli
William Raveis Legends Realty Group - Tarrytown, NY
"I Stay Open Until You Close"

That's a little crazy.  Two  hours shouldn't make a difference.  I find that some sellers ask for that but not as often as other areas.

Apr 26, 2016 10:50 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

It is common here but not often realistic.  I include a required lead time of 6 - 8 hours and suggested time of 24 hrs for my lived-in listings.  Most everyone can work with that.

Apr 26, 2016 10:41 PM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Higher-end listings maybe 24 or more. Most other instructions I see in our MLS are around 2-3 hours. Did the listing not specify a time-frame or were you trying sneak in under the specified window? ;)

Apr 26, 2016 10:41 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Sometimes they are 24 hours, but a no to 22 hours...really???

Apr 26, 2016 10:40 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

That time frame would be limited to very high end properties.  Mostly showing instructions here are go show.

Apr 26, 2016 10:26 PM