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We want to see your home, but, no we can’t come back later

This is an open letter to all listing agents and sellers:

This is the letter I think I'm going to send to every agent of a seller that tells me that they want me to come back later. It is very important that sellers understand that when you have a hot buyer, delaying them in anyway will lose the sale. This is why so many automobile salesmen don't want you to leave their lot. They know once you leave you only have about a 2% of ever walking through those doors again, this also applies to looking at a home. Once they leave, the ship has sailed and the sale is lost forever.


Respect Realty LLC (Expect More)


At Respect Realty, LLC our agents believe in 100% dedication to client satisfaction.  We specialize in property and land acquisition around the Portland Metro and Vancouver, WA area. We delight in working with first time home buyers and sellers to guide them from start to finish. Our doors are always open and we are always happy to assist you with your real estate questions.


Reach out today, we look forward to talking with you!


Todd Clark and Seraina Aguayo (Owners of Respect Realty)

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Comment balloon 12 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 23 2008 09:29AM



Prettty convincing letter. I wish I could make a poster out of it.


Tom Braatz

Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago

Todd - SO true!  If I had a nickel for every time I have heard this from a seller, well....I would have a lot of nickels!  Few things are more irritating than showing up with a ready buyer, only to be turned away.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago

It makes no sense to turn away a buyer in today's market, especially when they're already standing at your door.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

Todd - this is one our favorite   subjects for frustration and it happens frequently. Hardly ever do the buyers decide to go back! ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 11 years ago

...This is the letter I think I'm going to send to every agent of a seller...

Todd- It's also a great letter for every listing agent to show to their sellers.  It makes the point of why their homes need to be ready to show at all times.

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Todd, I couldn't agree with you more. You snooze you lose in this market. Buyers, don't have to put up with difficult Sellers as do I. You get one shot, make it easy on yourself... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 11 years ago

Lots of folks want to sell their home but don't want anyone in it. 

We deserve combat duty pay for homes that have to have appointments.  Of course, it's getting easier with so many foreclosures and vacant short sales.  They are on key box and instructions to

Just go and sell.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago


Sellers need to realize how impulsive and opportune buyers can be!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Todd, I couldn't have said this any better if I wanted to!  If you put your home on the MLS, MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO SHOW!  Oh how I love the 24 hour showing restrictions in this market?

Posted by Mike Klijanowicz, Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 11 years ago

Tom - Go for it, just put my name at the bottom.

Jason - Hmmmm, I think I may have finally found something to slow you down...A pocket full of nickels.

- You would think that would be the logic, but more and more I run in to this as it has been so long since they saw a buyer they just don't keep up on the house work.

Rita - I can't think of a time that I have ever gone back went back to a home that this has happened on.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Marilyn - If anyone wants to add it to their listing packet, feel free, just keep my information and send the .05 royalty check to me. (LOL)

Paul - EXACTLY! One shot to make a first impression and homes are just like people if they get a bad vibe the first time, they don't go back!

Lenn - I am really starting to love the vacant homes myself, that is when they really are vacant.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Fran - Yes they do, they don't want to feel their time is being wasted either.

Michael - The only time I will show a home that has a 24 hour restriction is if I know it has a renter in it. If it is just Joe Blow homeowner that wants extra time to clean up, than it is off my list!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

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