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Showing In The Rain...Not Singing

In Baltimore we have all four seasons and sometimes in the same day.

Yesterday I was sitting on my front porch on a warm sunny day.

Today it was in the 60's but raining and tonight's temperature in the twenties with a forecast of snow tomorrow.

That's pretty much of a weather forecast for Baltimore.

We do not let our weather stop us from showing property year round. Some people do not want to go out looking in the rain.

 

But...

If you are a buyer, it is important to see a house in the rain...not the ActiveRain but the liquid sunshine kind.

 

When I list a home, I want to see it when it is raining or has rained recently. This gives me the opportunity to check  things like skylights, gutters, yard drainage, basement, sump pump, etc.

For buyers it is not a bad idea to do your home inspection with this kind of weather.  

 

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Quite some time ago ago, there was a home for sale.

The owner had 3 young children and a puppy. She insisted on an immaculate home for each showing.

Since it was such a production getting everyone out of the house, showings were not permitted when it rained.

Naturally I thought it was because it was too much trouble in inclement weather.

Not the entire story.

Later it was found out that the yard and enclosed patio porch flooded with each heavy rain. There was no signs of this in good weather.

 

Don't miss your chance to see the house in the rain.

 

Margaret Rome

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Comment balloon 13 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • February 16 2018 10:57PM

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We have had a completely dry February thus far.  We are hoping for a March miracle with loads of rain.  Fear of returning to drought remains high.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Hoping you get the March rains which you so badly need.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

It is certainly easy to spot leaks on a rainy day.  And on another note, if the home is bright on a cloudy day, imagine what it's like on a sunny one.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland You always make such good points. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Margaret,  I would just love it if we got more rain in California than we do. I agree with you 100% ... seeing a home when it is raining or had very recently stopped raining is a good strategy to check for things that my otherwise not have been disclosed. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) 5 months ago

Good evening Margaret - I never would have thought of that.  I guess that is called putting through a stress test.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 5 months ago

Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

Ahhhh..the house that had drainage problems..the reason a house should be shown in the rain!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 5 months ago

Hi Margaret,
Yes, showing in less than ideal conditions can be very revealing! 

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 5 months ago

Great point Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland you never know what might be hidden with sunny skies!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 5 months ago

I carry rain gear and umbrella's for my clients when needed.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago

Good morning Margaret. I agree that seeing a home in the rain is very smart.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

Absolutely! We love inspections during or right after a big rain, for all the reasons you mention. And, since we have several months each year with rainy weather, it's good for buyers to see properties on an overcast day. A lack of natural light can translate into gloom for some people. D 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago

I always pay close attention for leaks when showing on rainy days but that's a great idea to check out our listings in the rain as well.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 5 months ago

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