Native Nashville Homes: Real Estate Talk from the Comfort of My Laptop: Miss Manners is Sizing Up the Competition!

Miss Manners is Sizing Up the Competition!

We have many discussions here on ActiveRain about how to treat our clients and other Realtors and recently I have been thinking about a particular topic that provides some confusion to me. 

The issue here is previewing homes before listing a home in a particular neighborhood.  You know, to "check out" the competition.  But really, how nice of a move is this?

The issue came up because I know I will be getting a listing in a particular neighborhood, so I was checking out what else was on the market.  And I was thinking, hmmm, to price it correctly I want to go over and look at the other houses. 

It just so happens that the house which is the MOST SIMILAR in size and layout has a seller who recently had a baby and needs a couple of hours of notice before her house could be shown.  I started thinking that if I were that seller with my new baby, I would be UPSET if I knew that a realtor was going to be previewing my house for the specific purpose of "sizing up the competition."  I did not call to go see that sellers house as a result. 

What do you all think?  Is it rude to preview houses to size up the competition? 




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Comment balloon 4 commentsEmily Lowe • March 12 2009 11:52AM


Hello Emily, I think there is a right way and a wrong way to go about this. I would call the listing agent and let her know that I would soon have a very similiar listing. However, due to situs (location), condition and cosmetics her listing might be a bounce listing that you would want to show to prospective clients, especially if during an open house the prospect says they love the neighborhood, but not the XXXX. Let the agent know that you want to cause the owner little disruption, but to preview, when could that be accomplished?

Posted by Vickie Nagy about 9 years ago

I would say no, it's not a bad thing!  Take a friend or go through yourself and take a look . . . when it comes down to meeting with your potential client you will look well versed on the area (having seen the neighbors house!)   Just make sure you give some feedback!  


Posted by Justin Voisin (RE/MAX Realty 100) about 9 years ago

I live Vickie's suggestion.  Sellers get so excited about any showings right now that I hate to get their hopes up thinking I am a real buyer's agent but if you explain upfront about why, and that you don't need it to be cleaned and that you will work around the seller's schedule I think you should be fine.

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

I think you are a nice person who would not take advantage of someone but then again, this person wants to sell the house so people and agents are going to see the home. It's a fact of life and frankly, it is always good to preview because you may eventually have buyer for the home AND a good agent always knows the the market. You are a person who has professional courtesy so it's okay as long as you schedule with the woman ahead of time!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 9 years ago