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"Lister Accompany" requirement often narrows your pool of buyers...


What is the effect of having “Lister Accompany” as a requirement for showing my home?

If you ask for your agent to accompany every showing then you are going to lose a large number of buyers who will never get the opportunity to see it unless it is a truly unique home with many special features in an extremely desirable neighborhood that make it worth the extra scheduling involved.  Showings are largely a matter of logistics.  Buyers may be looking at six to eight homes in a day and spending different amounts of time in each one.  If there are many homes similar to yours on the market, their realtor is going to try to show all that meet their needs but if your agent is unavailable to meet them at your home at the time that works for the buyer, you are going to lose a showing.  So, if you have a good realtor, he or she will be able to describe your home in the MLS and leave enough information in your home to be certain that the showing agent is able to point out all the great features of your home.   Don’t restrict your showings by demanding that your listing agent be present.

Comment balloon 8 commentsDan Jasmer • May 21 2012 07:41PM


Good advice as I totally agree. make it difficult and you are only making it difficult accomplishing your goal - Selling the home!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 7 years ago

I will not take a listing that requires me to attend showings by other agents. Often I am out showing homes to another buyer while other agents are showing my listings. I can't tell someone who took of work and drove several hours to look at homes with me that I have to go open a house for someone else. That would be a great way to loose a client.

Posted by Alan Grizzle, Full Time Realtor, Lifelong Resident of Dahlonega (Chestatee Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Dan... I would guess that having the Listing Agent accompany  all showings probably changes drastically  depending on both price range, and area of the country... meaning the market area.  Every  market, and sub-market is different.

But... I cannot remember the last time I saw "The Listing Agent must accompany all showings" on an MLS listing.  It would really have a major effect on the showings.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) almost 7 years ago

Here in Sarasota we have a field in the "showing remarks" with a check box for Lister Accompany and you would be amazed at how many homes require it.  Seems to be mostly agents from one of the major companies here.  I totally understand the need for very expensive homes but in the 100-400 range it just seems ridiculous.

Posted by Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I agree with Carolyn - it's regional and also has to do with the price of the property. Celebrity estates invariably require the listing agent acompany

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) almost 7 years ago

It's case by case- I agree

Posted by Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I couldn't have said it better, Dan.  I understand the need for the LA to accompany on high end homes, but in the $100K to $500K it is just plain dumb.  It seems to be a big issue in this market.  That and call centers, what a waste.  The sweetest words a Realtor can hear when setting up showings is "Vacant on electronic lock box"! 

Posted by The Keith Kropp and Wayne Rogers Team, Keeping The Focus On You! (Atchley Properties) over 6 years ago

Hi Dan -- it may limit showings but sometimes it's a necessary "evil" -- it's definitely case by case.    

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 6 years ago

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