What does a Garden Gnome do when she is not gardening, in the kitchen or doing genealogy? Well the answer might just surprise you so read the entries to find out more. This blog focuses on everything we do to make our house a home. There will be a strong emphasis on home energy efficiency and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects. At the same time there will also be crafts, knitting and crocheting projects along with any other little tips we do to create that down to earth, I want to be here home. Please enjoy your visit :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Real Estate Dog & Pony Show

When we listed the house in the spring the listing agent did not do a dog & pony show.  A real estate dog & pony show is where the listing agent invites other agents from their real estate firm as well as any interested MLS agents to view the home.  A time frame is set up so the agents can show up during that time at their convenience.  This is an excellent networking strategy when selling a home. The more agents looking at the possibility of selling your home the better!   If another agent sells the home part of the commission is paid to the other agent so both agents make a commission and the home owner is happy because the house is sold. 

Our listing agent set up two time slots for the dog & pony show.  The first slot was Monday morning for just agents from their real estate firm.  The second was this morning for any agents from their firm that couldn't make it Monday as well as any interested MLS agents.  Seven agents went through on Monday and three this morning so that is 10 more agents working behind the scenes, doing a bit of networking to get our house sold.  I'm quite pleased with this. 

The house is pretty much in show condition all the time because we lifted the 24 hour notice before a viewing which means the house needs to be ready for viewing as soon as our agent calls.  In many ways this is a lot easier than rushing around to get the house tidy and sparkling for a showing.  I'm doing a daily spit & shine, running any necessary laundry and dishwasher in the late evening, and daily decluttering.  Anything we can't use or don't need is out the door.  I also took our listing agent's advice and am in the process of painting the stairs leading to the sunporch.  I must say even though they aren't finished yet they are looking a lot better.  It was an excellent suggestion!

Garden Gnome