One Showing ” or Two?

If Sellers were OK with it ” and Realtors’ “smart” keys worked then ” it would be possible to show homes in late June in Minnesota between 9 and 10 p.m.

After all, the sun sets after 9 p.m. on June 21, and twilight lingers almost till ten.

Unfortunately (or maybe not for tired Realtors and homeowners), smart keys automatically time out after 9 p.m., making such showings a “no go.”

Late(r) Summer

Fast forward to late August, and sundown is now just after 8 p.m.

Which means my advice to would-be Buyers is to look no later than 7 to 8 p.m.

If they like the home, they’re just going to have to double back to see it during full daylight, when it’s possible to assess the exterior, yard, and neighboring homes ” not to mention how the interior looks during daylight.

So, why not just save time ” and a showing ” and see the home during daylight the first time?

P.S.:  I actually prefer to show homes on cloudy days rather than sunny ones.

Even dark homes look good (OK, better) on especially sunny days.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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