You’ve Got to Make Your Bed if Your House is For Sale

There are a couple of real estate adages that sellers can live by:

  • You don’t live in your home when it is not for sale the same way as when it is listed.
  • If you want to guarantee a showing don’t make your bed; the closer it looks like a bomb went off in your usually pristine home, the more likely you are to get a short-notice showing appointment.

Murphy’s Law type statements have limited use but now that RMLS has started to release actual Supra lockbox showing activity we might see some trends.


Portland area real estate is a seven-day-a-week activity but did slow considerably (but not stop) on Mother’s Day.

The two weeks in the graph show some departures to the YTD graph where Saturdays garner about 25% more showings than week days:



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