Please read the following:

The broker will show the apartment/house/land on Saturday.

What is the correct noun for the action of showing a property to potential buyers? Is the broker doing an "exhibition", "viewing" or "show"?

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    Any of the above. Apr 19, 2020 at 10:59
  • Isn't "exhibition" more related to works of art?
    – user381882
    Apr 19, 2020 at 11:01
  • It depends a lot on the value and location of the property, up-market brokers/agents will be more likely to use arty terms like "exhibition" to make it seem more special. Apr 19, 2020 at 11:08
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    In the UK, for residential properties, "viewing" would be the best choice. Apr 19, 2020 at 11:26
  • "Showing" is probably most idiomatic in the US.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 19, 2020 at 11:44

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I believe that the phrase used by realtors most often, at least in the United States, is, "The broker has a showing." We've been through several property sales and have one in progress right now. Our realtor often says to us, "We have a showing today."

I've noticed, though, that there's a problem with finding additional verbs to accompany the word "showing" when it's used as a noun. "Hold a showing" or "Do a showing" both sound strange. "I'm attending a showing," however, sounds fine.

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    Agree re showing in the U.S. Hosting or having or arranging a showing would work from the realtor side. And going to a showing would also work from the prospective-buyer side. Apr 19, 2020 at 11:37
  • Good points about hosting and arranging. And of course going. Apr 19, 2020 at 11:42
  • There are two kinds of events: a showing by appointment and an open house, usually on the weekend. In the States in upscale neighborhoods one goes to look at houses or makes an appointment to see them.
    – Xanne
    Apr 19, 2020 at 20:52

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