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Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900 (Tierra Antigua Realty)

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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Great answers!  I try and keep it to the clients "top ten" list when we go out, in the summer it can take its toll looking at that many.  Thanks!

Apr 07, 2015 12:01 AM
Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras
With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate

Good morning Spirit;

Because my market on the Outer Banks, NC is largely second homes and investment properties, almost all of my buyers are from out of state. Before my clients make a trip down, we talk about what their wants, their needs, and their "Christmas wish list".

By the time they are ready to make the trip, we have culled through the list of available properties.  Typically only 5 or 6 in any price range will make the cut. And my standard operating procedure is to show no more than 6 a day - otherwise, everyone just starts to get the houses confused.

So imagine my surprise when an out of state general contractor and his wife called me and said that they knew this request might seem a little strange, but they wanted to see everything in their price range.

I nearly fainted.

They went on to say that they were quick to make decisions, that they were very visual, and that they suspected we wouldn't even have to get out of the car before they had decided on more than a few.

I decided to take them at their word.

We started off with 22 homes to see in one day.  Just as they had said, there were 8 or 9 that we never even went inside - they didn't like the neighborhood, they didn't like the neighbors, or they didn't like the house itself.

There were almost that many more where we got 10 or 15 feet inside and turned around.  They didn't like the traffic flow, the layout, the lack of natural light, there was a strange odor, the house was unkempt...there were many reasons for crossing homes off the list.  (Oh, I almost forgot to mention - at one house, we had two large pit bulls greet us at the slider, teeth bared and growling that low growl that means business. Good times!) :)

So all told, there were 6 or 7 homes that we spent any time in, and just 2 that made the short list.  They offered on their first choice, and we went under contract.

These clients have become personal friends. We still laugh about the story from time to time.

I'm glad I decided to take them at their word! 


Apr 06, 2015 09:52 PM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

I'm with Russ... eight was my max once and it was all condos (six for homes). And for those eight condos she asked if we could go see the first one again because she forgot and was getting confused.

I cap it at 5 unless it's a special circumstance.

Apr 06, 2015 09:45 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com

I try to keep it to 7 or 8.  After that they get confused on what they saw

Apr 06, 2015 08:58 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Mine was somewhere over 20 but some ended up being drive bys when the buyer refused to get out of the car- pre multiple photos on the mls

Apr 06, 2015 08:55 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Spirit -- probably 20 in one day-- split up into three segments to give me a chance to breathe and re-group as well as an opportunity for them to grab something to eat and relax.   

Apr 06, 2015 07:11 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Don't fall off your chair -- but showed 27 to a relocating buyer.   Actually showed 73 in 3 1/2 days, and did get one UC and did the inspection prior to them leaving town.  Boy, I was tired when they left!  

Apr 06, 2015 12:41 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think my records is around 12. It was a long day with a lot of travel time. I live in an extremely rural market. 

Apr 06, 2015 12:03 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

I had an agent that worked for me many years ago, that showed clients 63 homes and sold them the third home that they looked at.

Apr 06, 2015 08:48 AM
Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top 0.33 of 1% of 79,000 AZ Realtors

I have one luxury client that I've shown 10 homes to over 2 years, but other than that, I think I have my scripts and dialogues down so I've only shown 5-6 max before writing an offer. 

Apr 06, 2015 08:21 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Spirit, I have shown 12 houses in one day and that was plenty for me as you have to take good notes of the feedback as they tend to blend into one another after about the fourth house shown.

Apr 06, 2015 08:15 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

OMG... 24? nope... I think about 8 or 9. I cover such a large geographical area that took me long enough. My home town is 64 square miles, let alone the adjoining towns I cover. 24 homes would be impossible.. or near enough! Again, you win!

Apr 06, 2015 08:04 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

5 is about the limit but it depends on the client.  Some take an hour per showing and some take 10 minutes...

Apr 06, 2015 07:58 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

12 condos.  But they were pretty close to each other.

Aug 29, 2018 05:44 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate Unlimited - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

Oh 40+ on one day!

Apr 03, 2018 10:31 PM