Real Estate showings by Appointment Only

    When a seller is motivated and wants to sell their home it confounds many a buyer that the seller would only show their home by “appointment only”.

    There could be several reasons for this, here are a few in an attempt to clear the water:

    • Children with special needs – Naps, home schooling and bouts with sickness could make an appointment only showing Santa Clarita appointment onlynecessary.
    • Elderly – It may be that one of the Owners/Tenants/occupants need time to remove themselves from the home or have a set schedule that they’d like the agent’s to adhere to.
    • Pets – It may not be enough to leave the dog in the back yard, they could be vicious and need to be removed from the premises fully to save from potential lawsuits.
    • Restricted Access – These could be tenant occupied properties – where the tenants are not being understanding with the seller wanting to sell their home.
    • Short Sales – In this scenario – the seller sometimes is not in a hurry and the agent is going to want to attempt to bring their own buyer to the table – they may make the showing appointment only to curtail potential buyers.

    The last one – regarding short sales needs some further explaining. While this is not a kosher scenario and practice – we see it time and again.  The only way to determine if this is the case is by your real estate agent contacting the agent representing the short sale seller.

    After that contact is made, they can play interrogator and get to the bottom of why the short sale listing is being shown by appointment only.

    There could be other “valid” reasons why a home may be shown by “appointment only”.  It is always up to the seller on how they want their home shown. It could be they don’t trust the lockbox.  It may be that they require their agent to be present during each and every showing.

    Reach out to your agent to get to the bottom of why.  Be Safe – please let us know when you are ready to interview our Local Santa Clarita real estate team of agents with REMAX’s Paris911 Team.  We will surprise you, I’m sure…  Talk soon.

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    Connor and Paris MacIvor are in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationwide, starting their real estate business in 1998 with RE/MAX Gateway - Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. Their becoming licensed real estate consultants and representatives came from the horrible experience they had when they bought their first home. There were many things that the agent they had hired did not explain and disclose, which per law he should have. Getting that agent on the phone after they closed escrow and after he had gotten paid was impossible. Paris and Connor called the broker, the board of realtors, the office manager and all they received was the promise of a phone call back. The remedy did come, but not as fast and in the way they wanted. That act - that bad agent was the reason why Paris and Connor became Realtors. That was all they needed to vow to never let the same fate befall anyone else, that befell them. Today Connor and Paris are focused on client service. Protection and top-shelf service with regard to their real estate clientele. They primarily work within the Santa Clarita Valley and Valencia CA. However, for a referral, where 80+ of their business is referrals they have License and Will Travel to other parts of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County to handle real estate transactions for those who trust their real estate operation. Writing on their Real Estate Blog is a passion. is where you will find over 10,000 real estate articles. Go to to listen to their latest real estate radio broadcast.

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