Good question - and in my mind, the answer is clear - always best for the seller to be away - if difficult then just step out for the showing - but out of the house, not into the next room.
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Not true at all.
It is a hit or miss sitiuation. It is beneficial when the sellers are home for qusetions and such as noted.. it is also pretty simple. Never stay "in the house" no, not at all, You greet the realtor and the buyers and make it known that you will be going outside for a brief walk. Give ample time and come back. Sometimes the buyers may hang around to ask some questions and whom better to answer those questions but the homeowner themselves!
You can not blanket the entire buying community by saying they are uncomfortable when the seller is home.. that is untrue. I like when the sellers are there as a lot of buyers like to know whom they are buying the home from.. and that could possibly make the sale much easier in the long run.
I can go either way... it is a gut thing.
If there are questions that only the seller can answer, set up a 2nd showing and have both agents and buyer/seller there.
Still though, just not a good idea to get buyer's and seller's together. There are enough ego's in the room with a Realtor and their clients, not to mention a 3rd party.
After entering the home the buyers looked at each other in amazement. Well it seems one of the owners children had a very upset stomach and the home buyers showed up just before the exhaust fan could save the day. Lesson: Home sellers are not professional home sales persons. Realtors are. Most potential buyers want to look at the house without any homeowner distractions. Unless youâ€™re BeyoncÃ© donâ€™t be there. They want to look and fantasize about how life can be in their new home, not watch you in your home. I hope this helps.
If you are selling your home FSBO, then by all means you should be present.
If there are questions that need to be answered, it is easy to go through the listing agent who can get the answers from the owners without any pressure.
All I can say is that expereince prevails!
Francesca Patrizio, Broker Sales Associate,ePro, SRES
Having the owners present for the initial showing accomplished nothing......When showing property, buyers send a message when they sit down in the living room and begin processing the home's information and where they can place their furniture....this never happens with the owners present.
One selling objective is having the buyers remain in the property as long a possible. Doing so helps them to take in the environment and enjoy the home's offerings. Having the owners present works against this.
The bottom line is that life persectives are relevant to live expereinces . . what one may foresee as not a big deal another may perceipt as derimental .. . therefore, why I alwys keep buyers and selers at arms lengh . . . . not to decive, butr to understand circumstancesc.
Francesca Patrizio, Broker Sales Assoicatie, ePro SRES
But I have shown homes to my buyers and I am a Buyers Agent at heart, with the owners home and with the owners not home, sometimes the were leaving as we were arriving, and pleasant hi's and how are you's were exchanged, most of the times the sellers stay in a different room, or outside in the summer time...... Many times the Sellers will only talk to the Realtor if that Realtor feels he or she
would like the owners to answer a question the potential buyers were just interested in....
It really is the obligation of the showing Agent, the agent who enters a home with his buyers, to prepare the buyers how to behave and how to ask their questions or concerns, if and when a seller
is in the home or nearby.....
I have never found it to be a problem.... But the general School of thought is for the Sellers not to
If for any reason my Sellers need to stay home, because of scheduling problems, or one does not feel well, but do not want to miss out to have the showing, and even though the showing happens with a Buyers agent who is coming with his/her clients, I will be there as the listing agent, I will be
the buffer, explaining why the owner is home, where they are, I will be ready to answer questions
if the buyers agent and his buyers have any...
But none of it has ever been a problem...... as long as buyers and sellers DO NOT TALK TO EACH OTHER, THE SELLER WANTS TO SHOW THE HOUSE, THE BUYER GOES DIRECTLY TO THE OWNERS AND ASK ANY QUESTION THEY LIKE...... that is NOT good, but Realtors can address
both sides and prepare both sides so that it all goes smoothly....
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In my experience, showings where the sellers are present are short showings, the buyers scoot, they are uncomfortable. If buyers are interested, you can answer their questions through the brokers.