How Much Does a Showing Cost?
Showing a home doesn’t cost money, does it?
It does if you’re a Realtor.
My cost accounting expertise — such as it was — is long gone, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a rough sense of how much each showing costs me.
Whereas listing agents — representing Sellers — typically spend more out-of-pocket (for things like staging, photography, ads, etc.), Buyer’s agents mostly invest time.
I don’t know about other Realtors . . . but my time is pretty valuable.
Here’s how I break down what goes into an individual showing:
–Actual showing: 1 hour
–Travel time, to and from: 20 minutes
–Time to screen active listings, run by client (or screen client suggestions): 15 minutes
–Time to set up showing; prep for client, i.e., photocopies of MLS listing, run Mapquest for directions (if applicable); give feedback afterwards: 30 minutes
Total time: approximately 2 hours
–Gas: $5 (1/8 of tank); Photocopies: $.5
–% of my annual state license; monthly Edina Realty fee (for my Web site, ProKit, desk fee); annual Realtor fee and continuing education; car expenses (lease payment, depreciation, etc.); monthly Realtor access key payment; etc.
Call it $30.
Not all Realtors put a dollar amount on their time, but I do: $100 per hour (and a bargain at that: as an attorney/CPA, I billed out at $175 an hour — almost 20 years ago!).
Grand total for all the above: well over $200 per showing.
No wonder Realtors try to be efficient establishing their clients’ wants and needs, zeroing in on the listings that are the closest match.