The Ins and Outs of Property Tours

Property tours are an integral part of the buying, selling, or leasing of property.  There is no other way to get a thorough first hand view of the property you may be interested in or to view the surrounding areas in the community.  Even though they are a necessary part of the process they can be a nuisance after you have been on a few of these tours.

Some real estate professionals waste your very valuable time by dragging you to see properties you have no interest in seeing and do not meet even your minimum requirements for viewing.  This can be very frustrating and inconvenient especially for individuals who are employed and report to bosses, supervisors or managers.

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Getting time off for property tours can be very difficult.  A fact which some agents do not seem to appreciate when scheduling tours.  Convenience and the time you have available is one of the factors to bear in mind when scheduling a property tour.  However, the time of the day or the day of the week is just as important.  Very frequently property tours are scheduled at the convenience of the homeowner, the prospective buyer, or the real estate agent or a combination of all three.

These times may not be the optimum time for viewing depending on the type of property you are looking at.  The best times for viewing homes in a residential setting is usually in the evening, after normal working hours or on the weekend.  These times are best for viewing because you will get an accurate picture of what the street and the neighborhood is really like.

Depending on what you do for a living these are also the times that you will most likely be spending at home.  You want to have an accurate picture of what your experience at home is likely to be.  At that time of the day most individuals are at home and you can see the traffic, hang out spots, noise levels, and other factors you may wish to take into consideration before buying or renting a property.

This time of the day is usually the most inconvenient time.  Everyone involved probably has other commitments such as family, personal, or social commitments or would just rather not be viewing properties or working at that time.

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The only other consideration is to be considerate of homeowners’ requests and be respectful and mindful of the fact that you are in someone’s home.  Until you sign on the dotted line, it remains only a property tour.  Remember that you are one of several people viewing the property and that you may want to go back again.

It takes a true professional consultant to recognize that what is best for the client is always the most important consideration.  It might take several visits before the client is comfortable, satisfied, and ready to make a commitment to a property.

The agents at Irvine & Cole always go the extra mile and are prepared within reason to accommodate the client’s wishes.

Cheri Davis writes for

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