Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

There is no magic number of homes to look at. Sometimes it's one, sometimes it's over a dozen. A lot depends on the market and what's available, how unique a property a buyer is looking for, etc. I show as many as needed to find my clients the right home for them for as long as needed.

Apr 17, 2017 06:42 AM
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
When you're thinking of

I do have a discussion with them about the house hunting and home buying process, but I don't speak of a certain number of homes to see.

Apr 17, 2017 09:23 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Narrow it down before leaving the office, then prepare to pay a showing fee if you go over 4.

Apr 17, 2017 07:27 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I continually narrow the scope of the search so the choices diminish to the best two. Then, it is up to the buyer to decide.

Apr 17, 2017 06:55 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We discuss the national average being 12 homes before writing an offer but that I've clients do so on the 1st, third or 15th...just depends on the market. Then we discuss today's market and the expectations.

Apr 17, 2017 06:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

With our inventory the discussion is normally about the limited number that are available and the need to see them quickly and make a fast decision.

Apr 17, 2017 06:32 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

We look at homes that fit their criteria until they fall in love with one.

Apr 17, 2017 04:37 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

There is no number of homes in mind. We simply have a great conversation as to their wants and needs and I find them homes that fit that as best as possible.  Could take 1 or 2 - or could take more.

Apr 17, 2017 09:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

All potential buyer clients are consulted with about the process of buying a home and the market climate. I want them to have realistic expectations that they could be looking and writing offers for several months before getting an offer accepted.

Apr 17, 2017 09:03 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I always set up the expectation that they could find "the one" with one... or more but that the most important thing is that we actively communicate during the process so that we can better identify the right one when we enter the door.

Apr 17, 2017 08:38 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I tell them that if we haven't found their house after a certain number of showings, or within a reasonable time frame, we need to re-examine our relationship.  They may need to consider working with another Broker.  (I need to cut them loose - they are draining my time).

Apr 17, 2017 08:21 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I don't talk to them about how many houses to look at, rather we discuss lifestyle, priorities, etc., then look at the homes that meet their needs and wants.  Sometimes that number is 1 and boom, done.  Sometimes that number is 3 or even 10.  Whatever it takes, which isn't long in our market, which has little inventory.

Apr 17, 2017 08:16 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This is directly related to the level of service they select.

One plan imposes a per/showing fee after a predetermined amount.

Magically  they all find the house of their dreams before the fee kicks in.

Apr 17, 2017 08:15 AM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

Some buyrs know exactly what they want and where they want it, which reduces the amont of homes we see.  Others are just moving to the city and need a tour to check out houses in different areas.  My agent did it fo me when I moved here and we ended up making the perfect decision, so I am happy to spend time with clients to make sure their decision is right for them. 

Apr 17, 2017 08:00 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I let them know that I recommend not looking at more than 6 in a day or they start to blur together Nathan Gesner 

Apr 17, 2017 07:23 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 / Property Manager

Every situation is different, depending on the client and market conditions.  I once had a client tell me she made her last REALTOR® show her 60 homes!  I told her I would not show her 60 homes.  It is a waste of time to show people every home in their price range.  I found out what she wanted and Bingo! She bought after only looking at about 10 homes.  

Apr 17, 2017 06:49 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

After the pre qual and we have a price range, i like them to narrow down homes by area, condition, size and their needs and show perhaps 4 than expand until they find what they are looking for. 

Apr 17, 2017 06:47 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

We just bought a house and while looking at hundreds online thru Zillow, Trulia and, we only physically looked at three. I think now with the internet, it makes it much easier to weed out the inventory and then see the homes you really might be interested in. It is a great help to both agents and buyers. But if I were an Agent, I would never put a limit to how homes I would show, as long as they are serious

Apr 17, 2017 06:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Whenever we have worked with someone we assess what they are looking for and where.  Then we proceed from that point on.  A

Apr 17, 2017 06:37 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - well, I do mention that we will see ONLY those homes that intrigue you, Mr. & Mrs. Buyer.

It is not appropriate to waste your time in preview the homes that are no good based on your search criteria. You rather spend time with your family, isn't it?

Apr 17, 2017 10:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No, I listen to their needs and most of the time, we see less than 5. I don't prep them as to how many we will see - some just see one and they're done!

Apr 17, 2017 09:06 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

The only number I share is the we can see about 7 homes on our visit.  Other than that I just show until they find something or it becomes obvious that they are insincere or have unrealistic expectations.

Apr 17, 2017 03:52 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  I line up the five or six best homes that fit their criteria and we look at them.  They either buy one of them or we update the criteria.

Apr 17, 2017 03:15 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner No matter how many they look at I always showed not more than five. Then we would sit down and discuss those and ask them to pick the best on of the group. If they still wanted to look I would get another five and do the same and compare it to the best one in the first group. I learned if you show more than five properties at one time, they start merging together and the buyers vaguely remember the first ones.

Apr 17, 2017 10:27 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I agree with Nina Hollander - Not a one size fits all...
However, after a few showings I think it is apparent if the client is looking for something that is realistic or something that simply doesn't exist (at least not in their price range).

Apr 17, 2017 10:22 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Let them venture on their own. I rarely show homes to buyer as their chance to get a home is slim.  It has been a sellers market as long as there are highly overpaid techies.

Apr 17, 2017 08:27 AM
Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
providing AWESOME real estate adventures

I like to have a conversation with buyers and see what they are really looking for to narrow down the list of properties they might look at. I think it saves me a lot of windsheild time. 

Apr 17, 2017 07:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No set procedures, and it varies case by case.

Apr 17, 2017 07:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I would show them what will best meet their needs.

Apr 17, 2017 06:59 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As they are the ones spending the money; it could be one or many.

Apr 17, 2017 06:45 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I ask questions about their motivation first before we start viewing homes!

Apr 17, 2017 06:31 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Every situation is different.  Sometimes if I can't see any type of progress being made, I will.

Apr 24, 2017 05:04 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 don't have that conversation upfront, but if they do find a home on the first day out, we do talk about whether or not it is a good fit.  We don't have a whole lot of homes to view, so sometimes the first day works.

Apr 19, 2017 06:19 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I tell them I will show them 6 homes and have them rate them 1 to 10.  Then I preview homes to find a 8 ot 9 and take them out.


Apr 18, 2017 05:26 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have the discussion that some buyers like the first home and buy it and others must look at several. I say there is no right or wrong and they will know when they see the house.

Apr 17, 2017 06:44 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have shown one and als over 70.  No magic number

Apr 17, 2017 05:19 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I so love being a listing agent....

Apr 17, 2017 02:26 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I try to get people to focus on what they really like and not just want to see home after home but doesn't meet their criteria....

Apr 17, 2017 02:15 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

It depends on their needs, their timeline and whether they are realistic about the current maret.

Apr 17, 2017 10:48 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I ask them a series of questions and develop a list of homes that meet their parameters.

Apr 17, 2017 06:41 AM