Friday, April 11, 2008

Showing, Selling, Real estate in Chicago. Part 3.

I don't know what it is about trying to get appointments to see two, three and four-flats in Chicago, but it seems to be near impossible.

We've written before on the unique convention of Chicago Realtors actually showing up to show their listings here and here.

And when showing apartment buildings, there are even more people to coordinate with.  Of course you remember that to coordinate showings that the listing Realtor shows up for, we need to accommodate the schedule of the Seller, the Listing Agent, the Buyer, and the Buyer's Agent.  Now - add the Tenants.  And the Tenants are usually the LEAST cooperative of the bunch. 

They don't have an interest in the sale.  They usually worry that the new seller is going to raise the rent, kick them out, or perhaps both.   Invariably they're still in bed.  I'm amazed at the number of college grads with decent jobs still in bed at Noon on Saturday.

But we still can't figure out what the problem is with Agents and their Apartment Building Listings.  Trying to schedule six showings on Saturday, we've been empty house2told "no", we've been told "not at 1:30, but how about 3:30?", we've been told "not Saturday. How About Sunday?", or still the ever popular ~ Nothing.  No call back.  Silence.

For the guy who told us 3:30 rather than 1:30 because that's when he's showing the building, I hope he's there showing to no one in particular.

Ironically, the same Agent's tagline in his E-mail signature is "Striving to be the best Realtor in Chicago!"

Good luck, buddy!