In this market, characterized by limited inventory and multiple offers on properties, some agents are employing creative, but ethically-questionable tactics.
In an effort to get potential buyers into a home that has no available showing times, some agents have instructed potential buyers to show up at the property and inquire whether they can "squeeze in" last minute despite not having an appointment.
Beyond improper business practice, behaviors such as these negatively impact the image of REALTORS®. Scenarios such as this one may put a showing agent, whose clients already have an appointment, in a difficult and frustrating position. Not only should that agent be able to focus his/her time on their own buyers, but it is unfair to expect individuals who are following safe showing practices, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to cross paths with others who are not following the same set of rules.
Finally, if the crashers (buyers) are turned away from viewing the listing, time has been wasted and multiple parties may be left frustrated. Best practice is to avoid this situation altogether. Do not set your buyers up for disappointment by sending them unaccompanied, and without a call to the listing agent for permission, to tour the home.