Reason's Why I am make sure I am present:
1) Valuable information gleaned from buyers that buyers agents don't always give after a showing
2) To prevent sellers from saying things that should not be said
3) To discuss with sellers things that were said right after a showing
4) To protect sellers from being asked questions that should not be asked
5) To prevent an attempt to find out how motivated the seller is by fishing for price negotiations
All the above being said, the sellers I have worked with have applauded my active involvement as that is what they are paying me to do, sell their home. Whether a buyer's agent likes it or not, I try to be present for vacant home showings, try to be present for owner not present showings, and I am always present if a seller is home during the showing, or if the showing is with a renter who is home during the showing.
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It looks like the custom and practice in your area is for the listing agent NOT to be present. However, that is not the case in all markets and/or in all price ranges. For example, I was taught by my broker to be present at showings of my listing whenever possible. This is in part because in my office we sell almost exclusively historic and premium properties. Many of the agents showing our listings are not familiar with historic properties and their special issues at all, so we try to be a helpful source of information for that agent AND their client. I tell the showing agent that I will be there to provide information, not to "hard sell" the property. After an initial walk through with the buyer's agent and his or her prospect, I excuse myself and encourage them to take as much time in the property on their own as they would like. Nine times out of ten, the agent AND the buyer seem to really appreciate the extra information.
So, I have to say I respectfully disagree with those folks who say "never." Good luck selling your home! MS
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I'm in the northern Chicago suburbs, and in my area, the listing agents do not normally accompany showings. But just a few miles to the south, in the city of Chicago... the city agents accompany 90% of their showings.
So the answer for your question is "it depends"... but this is an easy conversation to have with your agent, and discuss the pros and cons.
No it's not neccessary for your agent to be present. On some high end listings my clients want appointments with me for showings. They are concerned about all their artwork in the house. Otherwise it's best that your realtor have as much information available. Someone over selling the house can definitiely be a negative.
We have a few weeks left on our contract with this agent and are not planning on resigning. Is it rude to interview other realtors while the contract is still in place?
We have until next spring to sell this house (we're being transferred). Should we keep it on, or take a break and relist later? I'd heard fall is a good time to try to sell.
The only time I've seen the listing agent required (or request) to be at showings is for very high end homes.
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I really wanted to answer your question since this is the first time you are selling. The answer is no...not unless you have an unattended child at home or very special reason. The buyer's agent is responsible for taking their client through your home. In most cases, it is very counter-productive if your agent were present too. That buyer just wants their agent's opinion and help as that is the person that they have hired to assist them. They really don't need two agents present and trying to chat them up while they are trying to look at your home and determine whether or not it would suit their needs.
I also feel that buyer's should be able to walk through homes with their agent without anyone else present. It will give them the freedom to discuss things openly with their agent and not feel like they are intruding.
From reading your comments below...it sounds as if you are not totally satified with your agent's service. Give that person a chance and if you are not completely satified with the service/marketing of your home that you are being provided, then interview some other area agents. Every agent does things differently and no one person is exactly right or wrong when marketing real estate. However, I have found that the more exposure you give a property...the better chance you will have selling it.
Good luck to you and I hope that you have much success!
In fact, I think the only thing my realtor does believe in doing is listing my home on the MLS. That's it. Nothing more. Oh, I'm sorry, I've got directional signs and flyers (in black and white, and the pictures don't do the house any justice)
Regarding the first answer, why would an agent show a property to someone who isn't interested or can't afford it? Maye things are done differently in Virginia Beach . . . . . . .
Let me know if I can provide further information or assistance. Good luck.
I hope this helps! :)