It’s a nice hot summer Saturday afternoon, but you’re hard at it – a full day showing your clients home to potential buyers. But 3PM has passed, and you’ve just had another scheduled showing bail on you with no warning. Annoying and unprofessional, right?

Last month, we posted this infographic that illustrates some showing etiquette tips. Home showings and open house etiquette is for the most part common sense. Having respect for sellers and the real estate agents involved in the process will go a long way to helping ensure an enjoyable house hunting experience for everyone involved.

The situations below were recently reported to the NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs Department:

  • Early is good in some cases – like showing up to a job interview. But early is not always good for home showings. While a lot of homes are vacant during the selling process, it’s not always the case. Many sellers still live in the home they are selling, so arriving to the showing at the time scheduled is very important. An early arrival at a showing could make for an uncomfortable situation for everyone.
  • The home smelled like gas, but it wasn’t reported to the home owner/seller’s agent until the next day. Always report suspicious smells like gas or any other activity that might seem out of the ordinary.
  • Five showings in one day were canceled and the showing agent did not receive any cancellation message from the buyer’s agent. Always contact the showing agent/listing agent if you can’t make the scheduled appointment! Things come up. Even if you need to cancel last minute, a phone call, text message or email is common courtesy and won’t leave your colleagues wasting valuable time.

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! Contact us at help@northstarmls.com or 651-251-3210.

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The lake season is officially underway following the Memorial Day holiday this past weekend. If you have clients that are considering a lake or vacation type of home, now may be a great time to buy. A recent Star Tribune article suggested that buyers are finding lots of options and “prices that remain below pre-recessions peaks.”

Here’s a breakdown of a few of the most popular waterfront types with Active listings currently available on the MLS (Single-Family Waterfront):

  • Lake Front  3,699
  • Lake View  1,293
  • River Front  449
  • River View  257

Don’t forget that you can now search by Lake Name in Realist – this quick video will walk you through the process. Try it next time you run a search for a client interested in a waterfront property! You can also access DNR lake information (lake maps, lake water quality, etc.) for Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes – more details here.

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