Returning to your point: I agree that the agent's unprofessional appearance was inappropriate for an open house.
All I have to say about the hosting agent is "good heavens!" what was she thinking!
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At my Open House events you will find the team dressed in sports attire, safari and even seasonal garb. Rarely would business formal be the right description. What is crucial is the hosting party must be distinguishable from the pool maintainence crew. Those of you representing buyers should also be distingishable from your clients. The buyer agent in the cargo pants and T is not distinguishable from the vacationing Jersey Shore buyer.
I'm always amazed folks have time to sprawl or watch the game during an open house. What are their open house goals?
In my neck of the woods, we have some very successful agents that dress in anything but professional attire. My conclusion would be that most buyers are not paying much attention to that. However, I do not feel comfortable meeting a client, showing a home etc. unless I am dressed professionally. Also, the company I work for has a dress code.................even though there are some that ignore it.
I guess it really depends on what tasks an agent is working on, I remember Picking up a client to show her a property in San Mateo, She looked at me and asked "Why are you dressed up?" I said to her, "Because I'm showing you homes." She smiled and said nothing.
I look at open houses as an opportunity to dress to impress & capture new clients. However,your experience to the sloppily dressed agent doing an open house doesn't surprise me. I have often walked into open houses with clients where we were not greeted at the door, they had no information available for buyers & they were sloppily dressed as well. Makes you wonder how do they get these listings?
Any level of business is truely an extension of society.....doctors, lawyers, educators, etc. all have their share of liabilities.....why would we expect real estate to be any different than other professions.
Sounds like this agent is either not feeling well or is dealing with APS. (after party syndrome)
Believe that this type of behavior will eventually catch up with her........
Not everyone projects a professional image. This agent must have felt that having an open house was more of a chore than an opportunity to meet buyers . Your buyers now have an impression of that agent and possibly her agency that they will not forget.
All the best,