Earlier this evening I received a call from a gentleman who wanted to look at some new home neighborhoods and a few resales that he had seen. I told him that we would go see what we could and set up a place to meet with him.
I called all the new home neighborhoods that he mentioned, but no one was left in the model homes because it was after 5pm. Most model homes close between 5pm and 6pm here in Columbia, but I called just in case someone was still around.
We myself and the buyer got together, we first went to the resale houses and checked them out with no problem what so ever. Most of them were vacant which made them easy to get into and out of. Then, we set out for the new home communities. We arrived at the first one, and had no trouble. However, the next three had no lock-boxes on any of the houses. One neighborhood had ten standing homes for sale, and not one single lock-box on any of the houses.
I understand that the neighborhoods have office hours, and that's all well and good. But my client has a job and this how he intends to pay his house. So, that being said, he does not have time to go to a neighborhood during the regular office hours and he has very little time on the weekends to go around either.
It is beyond me why on Earth builders do not make it easier here to see available houses. I can say that there are a few builders here who do put lock-boxes on their standing available houses, and for this I am grateful. But the majority have no lock-boxes at all and this drives me nuts. Do any of you guys have the same problem? It just seems to me that if you want to sell houses, you would make them a little more available for Realtors to show to their clients.
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JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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