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Home Showing Instructions and What They Mean

Real estate showing instructions are the set of guidelines that real estate agents provide to potential buyers and their agents when scheduling a property viewing. These instructions can vary widely depending on the property, the seller's preferences, and other factors. Here are some common types of real estate showing instructions and what they mean:



  1. Appointment Only: This means that buyers and their agents must schedule an appointment with the seller or the seller's agent to view the property. This is the most common type of showing instruction and is used to ensure that the seller has control over who enters their home and when.

  2. Lockbox: This means that the seller's agent has placed a lockbox on the property that contains the keys to the house. Buyer's agents can access the lockbox with a code (or an app only accessible by licensed realtors) provided by the seller or the seller's agent to view the property without needing to schedule an appointment.

  3. Call Listing Agent: This means that buyers or their agents must call the listing agent to schedule a viewing. This instruction is usually given when the seller or the seller's agent wants to screen potential buyers before allowing them to view the property.

  4. Go Direct: This means that the property is vacant and buyers with their agents can simply go and view the property without needing to schedule an appointment or call the listing agent. This instruction is most commonly used for vacant homes or rental properties.

  5. Restricted Hours: This means that the property can only be viewed during specific hours of the day or week. This instruction is usually given when the seller has specific scheduling requirements or wants to limit the number of showings.

  6. Agent Must Accompany: This means that buyers and their agents must be accompanied by the listing agent or another agent designated by the seller to view the property. This instruction is used to ensure that the seller has a representative present during the showing and to provide additional security for the property.

It's important to follow the showing instructions provided by the seller or the seller's agent to ensure a smooth and successful viewing experience.

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