By the seller being there, the buyer is not getting to put all their focus towards the details of, what could be, their future home.
The buyers are going to want to focus on the house, and not who, now, resides there.
I have never shown a home where the presence of the seller made the buyer more likely to buy.
I have shown many houses where the seller refused to leave and made the buyer so uncomfortable, all the buyer could think about was getting out of the house.
The buyer knows within minutes of entering a house if he can imagine himself living there. If the house isn't for him, it doesn't matter how much information or chit chat the seller offers. The buyer is not going to change his mind.
If your house has lots of fabulous features you don't want the buyer to miss, list them in a handout and make copies to be taken by buyers who want more information.
Please make it easy for the buyer to fall in love with your house. Clean up the house and yard, open the blinds, turn on the lights, adjust the temperature, and leave. Thank you.
Tierra Antigua Realty
Plus, it can get uncomfortable for the sellers too if the buyers are expressive and say they don't like the granite or flooring etc that the seller just spent so much money in updating.
If your help in explaining how things operate or special features is needed, I am sure the agent will be in touch with your agent for details. So it is best to just let the agents do the showings. They understand their buyers and they know what the buyer is looking for.
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
My colleagues are absolutely correct below; while you may feel more comfortable being there, it makes the potential buyers feel easy or scrutinized. Properties are best shown when the sellers have left the property vacant, save a few pieces of staging; If that isn't in the cards, it is advisable to give the buyers and buyer's agent the run of the house and leave during their showing.
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You should still take the precaution of not leaving valuable in view, whether or not an agent is present.
Very good question! I recommend to my clients NOT to be there when there house is being shown for one reason in particular, you want to make potential buyers as comfortable as possible. To do this, it is best to vacate the home, take any pets and animals, and open the house as much as possible to make it feel uncluttered and full of light.
I hope this helps! Please feel free to contact me with any other questions.
From a seller's perspective, I would rather my sellers NOT be there. They may be asked questions that would hurt the potential sale price. I'm not talking about hidden defects of the home but the personal motivation behind the seller's move.
All in All its really the buyers time to see if they see themselves living there.