Fall Equinox: From +16 Hours Daylight on June 21  . . . to Exactly 12 Hours

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, in the Twin Cities, 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.”

One Showing — or Two??

Fast forward to late September, when the sundown locally is just after 7 p.m.

Which means my advice to would-be Buyers is to look no later than 6 to 7 p.m (by convention, showings are for one hour).

If the prospective Buyer likes 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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