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Immobilienmakler Miami / Realtor in Miami

By Allister Lenn | Broker in 33004

Should a Seller be home during a showing of their home ?

Should sellers stay home or should they leave when their home is being shown by a Realtor ?

Nicely said, most agents say that when potential homebuyers come to see a home, it’s preferred that no one else is on the premises.

Perspective buyers don’t want to see owners hovering around or hanging out. When they do, buyers get uncomfortable and feel as if they are intruding. This can cause buyers to hurry without gaining a proper feel for the home.

Sellers believe that if they are home they can point out specific important features, provide additional information and that buyers won’t be able to find everything. The owners feel they can assist “sell” the property by mentioning the positives.

A good real estate agent is well trained in showcasing your home, and in reading buyers. He or she knows when it’s best to share information with them. If the owner provides a seller with too much information all at once, this can leave a less-favorable impression. Potentially the sellers could harm the sale by calling attention to something buyers aren’t interested in.

At the Denise Rubin Group part of Florida Prudential Realty listing agents
 always show our listings and the showing agent is well groomed in the
area, as well as the facilities of the building and or community. In my opinion it is best for the owners to sit down and have a long detailed conversation with the listing agent prior to listing and point out the great features of their home. A great agent will utilize this information as well as provide more input and knowledge.

Buyers should feel free to discover a home’s features themselves at their own speed. Some sellers choose to wait in their car or in the lobby, which is better, but still not ideal. Again, if prospective buyers feel like they are being rushed they are going to move on to the next showing quickly.

It is true that, some  aspects of a home sale are anything but easy for the seller, cleaning up and leaving the home are way up on this is list. For families with children or around meal times  a showing can beinconvenient. However,  only one buyer is required and a correctly priced home will sell when the right buyer walks in.

Allow buyers  to spend as much time as they want in your home, imagining making it their home. My advise is leave, go grocery shopping, head to the beach or visit  a neighbor. It might be a tad inconvenient but let us showcase your home and let the buyer know how they can make this their home.

Allister Lenn
Denise Rubin Group
Prudential Florida Realty
19056 NE 29th Ave, Aventura, FL 33180


By Carla Pennington, Realtor(R),  Wed Jul 4 2012, 21:38
I agree that it is best for the seller to leave it to us to show. Even when I try to do my homework, I've not always been able to get good information before a showing. That's when I really appreciate a good agent's flyer in the house. I always pick it up and look at it to be sure I'm not missing important features. My house is a great example. You wouldn't know that my closet is actually an above ground tornado shelter unless someone pointed it out, and a buyer's agent might not have that info without a flyer!

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