There is never a good reason for the sellers to be there for the showing or even open houses.
Look at the owner being there as a chance for you to get some valuable information.
Start asking questions like:
How long have you lived here
why are you selling
How are the local schools
Where is the best place to buy produce
I have had a seller be present when I showed a home to my buyer. I used it as a chance to talk up my buyer to the seller. Sometimes the seller will accept an offer because they like the buyer. so kill them with kindness and ask a bunch of questions. It may help your offer stand out::)
Much Success to You!
Prudential California Realty
What a waste. People sometimes just don't realize that people are not going to be able to see beyond them standing there in their bathrobe...
It is not standard practice, but some sellers do want to be present. It is difficult. Buyers are just trying to be polite and get over with it. It is not ideal.
Having dogs, and multiple dogs, is just ridiculous. I am a dog owner and I know other people's pets are extremely distracting at best, and annoying at worst.
Broker, Mint Properties
CA DRE #01871795
Buyers like to walk around and talk and ask questions. They don't like the feel like they're being watched or judged or can't comment on anything. I think it makes a lot of buyers uncomfortable and casts a negative light on a property. Plus, a lot of the time they feel rushed and don't even really look at the home because they're so eager to leave.
What you discribe is eveidence of MORE THAN ONE PROBLEM!
Leaving the home during showing is easily addressed.
NINE dogs a yapping is as bad as a stalking home owner.
It is highly likely the seller could not hear the agent when instructed...
"Get out of the house during showings and take thoses yappers with you!"
The homeonwer will be writing on Trulia shortly about the under-performance of her agent. All the neighbors homes have sold, but her immaculate, prestine home, loiters. It MUST be the agent!
Isn't it fun?
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
So, you make do with what the situation is!