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Do I Cancel ? What Would You Do?


It's all agreed between  buyer and seller. We only need the one final signature on an offer for a ratified contract.  


sign here



The final agreement happened tonight and that signature is scheduled for for tomorrow.


Other agents have requested showings  for this property tomorrow.



 Of course, I am working for the seller but I do know that within the next 18 hours this property will be off the market.  

Do I allow other buyer agents to keep appointments tomorrow?

Do I cancel them? 

If you were the listing agent what would you do? If you were the buyer's agent would you want to know about the "almost ratified" offer?


Remember a real estate contract is not finalized until everything is in writing, signed, sealed and delivered. 


What would you do?


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Since you have to protect the best interests of the seller, I would allow the showings.  I've certainly had a better offer come in and sellers want to retract a counter offer they made. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

I would let them proceed with the showing if the house is vacant Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) over 3 years ago

With my seller's concurrence, I would tell the scheduled agents that there is an accepted offer which should be ratified shortly but if they'd still like to show for backup, go for it.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Margaret - With our tight inventory, we're seeing a lot more back-up offers - always good comfort for our sellers - so I'd recommend that my sellers allow the showings.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

Dick Greenberg Both agents were made aware and they will be the ones notified if we need a back up.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 3 years ago

I would be open with the agents that wish to show, and then I would likely allow them to do so!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

I would take direction from the sellers and be upfront about the benefits of showing. Then, if the seller wanted showings, I'd be honest with the other agent, promising them that if they did present an offer, and another one was accepted, if something changed, they would be on my priority list to let them know. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

I would allow it to be shown Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , but I would definitely be upfront with the agents showing it.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Not sure that is our decision to make but is the decision of the Seller. I would let them have the final say.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 3 years ago