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Should you be there when your house is being shown to potential buyers?

Asked by Trulia Houston, Houston, TX Wed Apr 24, 2013

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The presence of an owner can intimidate potential buyers and stifle open conversation among buyers and between buyers and their agents.

I have also seen owners try to micro-manage viewings and emphasize aspects of the property that were important to them but of little interest to the buyers.

Sellers can best serve their own interests by not being present at showings.
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The home owner should not be present, but the listing agent might be helpful if they are present and could answer questions, turn lights on, present a brochure, etc.

The listing agent, nor the seller, should not follow the buyer around or even speak unless they are asked a question. The idea is to let the buyer see the home freely and and let them talk in private with their agent.

Buyers feel they are bothering the sellers and will not look at the home as closely if the seller or the listing agent are present. Sellers need to consider this when they insist on every showing to be accompanied by their listing agent.

Mark McNitt
m 832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty
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Never. Buyers dislike the homeowner being in the home, because it makes them feel they are intruding and may not open certain closet or cabinet doors for the feeling of invading ones space. Buyers should be allowed to walk through a property freely to get a sense of how they would walk in the home if it were their own, and such. With a seller following them around it will make the buyer uncomfortable and perhaps not see as much of the property as they'd like betting on the fact they won't buy it for the mere feeling of un-comfortableness..

Best of Luck;

Christina Solorzano
CEO & SR Credit Repair Specialist at
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Absolutely not! Let the agent have the opportunity to work with their customer without distractions. The presence of owners is always a distraction that often prevents the customers from taking the necessary time to "take in" the home. With owners present they feel rushed and uncomfortable.

So sellers can do themselves a big favor by not being anywhere near their home when it is shown.
When I work with my customers one of the things I work toward is getting the buyers to feel comfortable enough to sit down and have a casual conversation about the home and its offerings. I view this as a real indication of the buyers giving this home careful consideration. This never happens with the owners present for a showing.


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Only if you don't want to move.
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Alan Harper, Agent, Sugar Land, TX

I would say you are fine either way. One thing is for sure, they will remember your home regardless because 99% of the time, the homeowners or renters are not there. I would give them a brief summary when they walk through the door and that's it, let them know that if they have any questions, you will be more than happy to answer them, then go outside!

Alan Harper, REALTOR®
World Wide Realty

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Please do not! Buyers need to feel comfortable while touring a home and feel free to make comments about the positives and negatives of the house. All homes have both. Buyers must feel comfortable discussing the home with their Realtor and they can not do that with the owner in the house.
If you can't leave, please do sit outside and please do not speak with the buyers about the home. You could cost yourself a sale without realizing what you might be saying about the house or even worse, get into a lawsuit for misrepresentation of possible issues which you might not even be aware of at the time of listing your home,Leave that up to your Listing agent. You are paying for that service and the experience of your agent in marketing homes for sale.
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Absolutely not! That's why lockboxes were invented. Buyers want to feel free to ask questions and make comments that aren't necessary complementary, and would want their agent to reply truthfully and candidly. They want to spend as much time in the home as they feel is necessary to make an informed judgement ... the presence of the seller would make this terribly uncomfortable, almost as if the buyers were intruding. If the seller is a bit apprehensive about strangers wandering through her home, accompanied showings would be appropriate, although this is largely true of high-end properties. So ... no!

Al Geffon
(713) 213-6350
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Agents and potential buyers do not like it when the homeowner is there. You should leave when the buyers arrive, even if you sit outside. Agents and their clients like to discuss things they see and do not like it when homeowners eavesdrop. It might put off potential buyers.
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I ask my sellers to leave the property so that the buyers can get a real look at the house. Buyers are embarrassed to open closets and pantries when the owner is present. They feel they are being invasive and those are just the kind of details they want to know about when buying a house.
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