This is a good example of why sellers should not be present.
Sellers will also give information that is not in their interest, but will make the buyer 's agent happy.
I know that sellers want to make sure they are there to answer questions or point out the special things about the home or neighborhood. But in most cases it is best to leave that to later if needed.
In the end after all the agents discussion with the sellers it is thier decission.
Top 10 reasons why the seller should be there.
After 8 months and the home has received no offers the owners need to be able to say:
1. My agent did not demonstrate the tilt in windows.
2. My agent said the PUblix is 1 mile away, it only 9/10th of a mile away.
3. My agent did not meet the buyer and their agent at the curb.
4. My agent did not drag the buyer around announcing, "and here's the kitchen!"
5. My agent did not show sufficient enthusiasm showing my home.
6. My agent never shared how thoroughly we enjoyed living here and how happy are neighbors are for us that we are starting a new chapter somewhere else.
7. My agent never said. "What can we do today to get you into this home?"
8. My agent did not clean the house before the buyers arrived.
9...and didn't to the dishes
10. and didn't pick the poo.
Of course, if the sellers intent is the sell the home, they won't be preoccupied to looking for someone else to blame. They will be no-where to be seen and will have implemented all the suggestions their agent advised. Nothing makes an indelible image of your home faster than a great back story and the aromas of "HOME."
Best of Success,
Annette Lawrnce, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group.
Palm Harbor, FL
For the most part....buyers and sellers should be kept apart until the closing and then you could be taking a BIG chance putting them together!
I would advise never to be present... If you are taken by surprise, and have a showing, just jump in the car and go for a drive around the block.
Most times, buyers will feel intimidated by your presence and will not take their time to go thru the home and see it all, like they should. The longer a visit takes the better!!!
I've had showings that have lasted longer than an hour, to me that means the buyers are REALLY excited about the home and very interested!!
We show homes on a daily basis and are trusted by our sellers and buyers to be alone in a property. We go thru the home together and always in a group. I can understand you as the homeowner feeling aprehensive by having strangers in your home.
Don't be present If you are a for sale by owner. It is best to have an allied agent whom you trust who can represent the buyer leads that you have and have agent benefit from the sale. Agree to pay the agent a commision and let them show the home for you.
Georgina Van Camp
Keller Williams Realty
Typically, I would advise my selling clients to vacate the property for showings. However, depending on circumstances, I have actually made arrangements for my clients to meet the buyers.
Nasyim Segal, Broker Associate
It is customary for the buyer's Realtor to call the seller and set up an appointment beforehand, and also leave their card.The buyers brokerage has a better opportunity to present your home to
pre-approved buyers if the seller isn't present.
So do you really think they want the Seller there in person?
I always suggest the seller to give me a good list of improvements that we do not want to over look and make sure they are described in the listing and the sales flyers.
It doesn't really matter whether the sellers shadow the buyers from room to room or lurk outside ... they need to be nowhere their home when it's being shown. If they have an issue with this, there's always FSBO.
The listing agent could be present during showings if the seller feels that strongly about having a presence in the home while the buyer and their Realtor are looking. Again, it is all about making someone feel welcome and to experience the home at their pace.
Bernstein Realty, Inc.