Access: A Key Component in Getting Your House SOLD!


So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.


There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.


Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:


  1. Lockbox on the Door – this allows buyers the ability to see the home as soon as they are aware of the listing, or at their convenience.
    電子鑰匙鎖 – 允許買家能隨時參觀房屋(需有他們的房仲陪同開啟電子鎖)。
  2. Providing a Key to the Home – although the buyer’s agent may need to stop by an office to pick up the key, there is little delay in being able to show the home.
    提供房屋鑰匙 – 買家的房仲可能需要到辦公室領取鑰匙,但買家還是隨時可參觀房屋。
  3. Open Access with a Phone Call – the seller allows showing with just a phone call’s notice.
    打電話即可參觀 – 只要打電話通知即可參觀房屋。
  4. By Appointment Only (example: 48 Hour Notice) – Many buyers who are relocating for a new career or promotion start working in that area prior to purchasing their home. They often like to take advantage of free time during business hours (such as their lunch break) to view potential homes. Because of this, they may not be able to plan their availability far in advance or may be unable to wait 48 hours to see the house.
    預約參觀(例如:24小時前預約) – 有些不住在附近或是國外來的買家可能只短暫停留他們想搬遷至的城市,或只有週末才有時間參觀房屋,他們可能無法提前計畫,或無法等待24小時才參觀房屋。
  5. Limited Access (example: the home is only available on Mondays or Tuesdays at 2pm or for only a couple of hours a day) – This is the most difficult way to be able to show your house to potential buyers.
    限制性預約參觀(例如:只能在星期一或星期二下午2點開放參觀、或每天只有幾個小時可開放參觀) – 這是讓買家參觀房屋最困難的方式。

In a competitive marketplace, access can make or break your ability to get the price you are looking for, or even sell your house at all.


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