When asked this question, I normally reply that the seller should be there to introduce themselves and stay close enough to answer questions that may be directed to them later, but not accompany us throughout the property, keeping at a discrete enough distance that a buyer can comment freely without being overheard.
But every case is different. There are both buyers and sellers who are so open and honest you want them to meet each other. And there are ones who are their own worst enemy and should be kept apart as much as possible.
Besides which - you're trying to get it to stop being your house, right?
So, let the visitor feel less like a guest and more like a potential owner.
But won't the seller be able to share all the wonderful years they've spent there? Won't being able to respond to a buyers questions directly prove beneficial. Although it sounds good, the right answer is NO, NO and NO.
CLEAVER BUYER: "You have a lovely home here. If I lived here I couldn't imagine myself ever leaving. May I ask, why are you moving?"
SELLER" 'This such a paradise to live in. We raised or two boys here and can not think of a better place. Its only that the drive to the pharmacy downtown just got to be too much. Otherwise we would NEVER move"
The buyers agent had just convinced the buyer the commute downtown would be easy and much less than their current commute from the NJ suburbs. AND the buyer has no pharmacological needs.
Please, don't be home. Make cookies. Turn on the lights. Open the curtains. Confine the critters. Go shopping.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Nicolas Puygrenier Ç€ Licensed Real Estate Broker
Mona Lisa Real Estate Group LLC
419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Telephone: 917 499 1917
Here, pretty much no one buys or sells a property without legal counsel, and almost every building has an offering plan, which is reviewed thoroughly by the attorney between the (non-binding) acceptance of offer and the actual signing/contract deposit.
In some parts of the country, it may be great to have a face to put with the name--or, in this case, house. I completely respect that. In NYC, it is the custom for the seller to be absent and the agent or broker to do the work.
In general, I would strongly recommend finding a local real estate agent whom you trust, contracting them to do the job of selling your home, and then asking them where you, as the seller, should be during open houses. My guess is that about 90% of them will advise you to go have a nice lunch. Remember that they are contractually bound to act in good faith on behalf of you, the seller, and let them do their job...you wouldn't hire a lawyer and expect to sit in on every deposition. You have to find someone to do the job and then LET them do the job. If you, as a seller, have concerns, you may need to look elsewhere for an agent/broker you trust to act in good faith and according to the terms of their contract.
Just my two cents. I am happy to refer you to a reputable, honest salesperson, if you are unsure of your current relationship...fake Trulia questioner. ;)
Most clients feel that their home is perfect just the way it is and hearing others talk about it can sometimes be hard to digest.
Clear out and let the agent/broker do the work you're paying them to do...trust me, it makes everything far smoother and easier.
If you're concerned about leaving your valuables, lock them up or take them with you.
Thanks for the fake question, Trulia!
Agents and buyer feel more relaxed. NOTHING is worse that an over zealous seller who whats to point out every feature to a prospective buyer. This is the least helpful thing they can do.
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I think you hit the #1 question that we don't want our sellers to answer: "Why are you moving?"
There's no good response to that question, no answer that improves the seller's negotiating position.
"We've outgrown this little cubby and we're buying a bigger and more expensive house in a better neighborhood."
"We can't maintain this big house so we're moving to something smaller and more affordable."
"We can't stand the neighbors."
"I swore I'd never leave this place, but I came home early last Tuesday and found my husband and his girlfriend in my bed."
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For example, if an owner is in fact a motivated seller, a savvy buyer can pick up on that through simple conversation. This could have an effect on the price of an offer.
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The worst situation is when young children are home. I have kids of my own so I love kids but I have never seen a good open house or showing with young kids.
I read somewhere that if the owner has to sell but is not happy with this fact they may even unconsciously sabotage the sale, lets say start cooking smelly dishes or say something in front of the sellers that would scare them off. It is really better not to be present at the showing, provided that you are confident and comfortable with your agent.