What Buyers Can Expect at Home Showings

Real estate agent with home buyers who know what to expect at a showing.

When you make the decision you would like to purchase a property, whether it’s for your primary residence, vacation home, or investment property, you will want to find a real estate agent that can help know what to expect at a home showing.

Having an agent is extremely helpful because not only do they get you access to the property, they also help you make an offer, and facilitate the entire buying process.

Here is a rundown of what you can expect from home showings.

How Home Showings Work

To start, have you reviewed the steps on buying real estate? One of the first steps is to find the agent you would like to work with and select one or multiple properties you would like to see.

Once you have informed your agent of your wishlist, they will schedule the showings. Properties can be vacant, but sometimes they are owner-occupied, have renters, pets that need to be restrained, or have special security instructions.

Therefore, having a designated appointment, the house can be vacant and allows you the freedom to view the home at ease.

Buyers touring a bedroom at a home showing in Boone, NC, with Sarah Long.

Open Houses vs. Private Home Showings

A private home showing operates a bit differently from open house showings you’ve seen on TV before.

• An open house is typically done on the weekends and is hosted by the listing agent. Buyers can walk through to view the home and it is not necessary to bring their own agent along.
• A private home showing is a professionally scheduled appointment that lets a potential buyer tour the property with their agent but without any other buyers. The home is typically staged by the seller.

Open houses in the NC High Country are rare, even prior to the pandemic. If you are looking to buy property in the area, you should work directly with an agent to schedule a home showing.

What Happens at a Home Showing?

After you and your agent have done your home buying homework and have scheduled your showing, you are ready to show up and see the home.

You and your agent arrive at the property during your allotted time. Home showings are typically between 15 minutes to an hour-long, depending on the size of the house.

Your agent will accompany you throughout the house as you go in and out of all the rooms. They will also answer any questions you might have, as well as provide you with a hard copy of the listing information for reference.

What About After You See the House?

After you see the house in person, there are things you can do post-showing. Your agent will provide the listing agent with your feedback.

If you are interested in a certain property or two, your agent can always take you back for a second showing. Otherwise, they will provide you with comparable properties and guide you on making an offer on your desired property.

If you have any additional questions for the seller, your buyers’ agent can always reach out to the listing agent for answers.

Check out our ultimate inspection checklist for buyers for more follow-up question ideas for your agent.

Sarah Long, Realtor at 828 Real Estate, showing a home with future buyers.Schedule a Showing or Virtual Appointment

During this fast-moving market, virtual showings are happening more and open houses are happening less.

Keep in mind, sellers are more likely to accept an offer from a buyer who has actually been to the property instead of sight unseen.

So find yourself an 828 Real Estate agent, be prepared with a pre-approval letter or proof of funds, and start viewing some properties!

About the Author

A Realtor® in Boone and the High Country since 2003, I am passionate about offering my clientele superior service, innovative marketing, and a highly personalized, boutique-style experience. Upon moving to Boone, I started my real estate career as an Investor and was Broker-In-Charge of my own firm. Since then, I have excelled with other real estate firms and built a strong network of client friends. Together with my network of real estate-related professionals, along with my Professional Home Staging business, we will polish your home buying/selling experience with your goals as a priority. 

I’ve lived all over the United States from the NE to the SE and California before landing in Boone, NC. You’ve seen the signs, “The mountains are calling, and I must go?” Well, that was me 21 years ago! I love bluegrass music and, it seems, many of the great pickers were born in NC with a guitar in their hands! I sing, play a little mandolin and keyboards, and can be found at outdoor festivals and concerts when I’m not showing property! I also participate in many of our area’s outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to kayaking- the New River is my summer home! Caring for the needs of High Country residents is also very important to me. I serve in many ways, from preparing and serving meals at the Hospitality House to School Events to Habitat for Humanity Home Builds. In addition, I am honored to serve our community as a Licensed Foster Parent and Certified Guardian ad Litem, advocating for children in the courtroom.

The High Country of North Carolina is unique, with sizeable second home and student populations driving much of the market. It’s important that you work with a Realtor® like myself who is experienced and educated in the area, guaranteeing our success together. The acronyms behind my Broker title are not just letters - they stand for something;

 GRI - Graduate of the Realtor Institute. Brokers holding this designation have completed 12 3-day courses over 2 years or more for in-depth training.

 ABR - Accredited Buyer's Agent. An (ABR®) designation means your Realtor® has made extra efforts to raise the bar with additional courses and proven experience in serving BUYERS.

 SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification. Short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, and the courses I've taken arm me with the knowledge to assist clients in this area.

My business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based on commitment and trust, and much of my business comes from referrals from past clients. 

Make me Your Realtor of Choice, and work with someone you can trust to take your needs to heart and find the perfect property for YOU in the HIGH COUNTRY!