Law of Diminishing Returns Past Three or More Showings
Want to handicap the odds of any given Buyer purchasing a home?
Think of a Bell Curve, with the peak corresponding to 2-3 showings (call it “2.5”); the left tail 1 showing, and the right tail four or more showings.
In other words . . . the chances of a prospective Buyer making an offer after only one showing are relatively low (empirically, I estimate the odds are no better than 10%).
They increase dramatically once the Buyer returns for second showing, to 33% or even 50%.
Bigger Homes and/or More Work = More Showings
Of course, if the home is bigger and/or needs substantial remodeling, a third showing — often with a contractor — may be appropriate before deciding to write an offer.
However, once someone returns a fourth, fifth, or even sixth(!) time, the odds plummet.
Either the Buyer is too ambivalent about the specific home to make an offer, or, they’re too indecisive/unmotivated generally to pull the trigger on anything.
P.S. Which is why a proactive listing agent needs to engage with the Buyer’s agent, early in the process, to find out exactly what’s going on.
See also, “Right Number of Showings“; “The Best Kind of Showing Feedback”; “The Positive Uses of Buyer Feedback“; “Buyer Feedback: ‘Win, Place, or Show”; “Customized’ Buyer Feedback Forms“; and “Complete Showing Feedback Form, Get Miles??”