Denial's comments are right on â€” in many respects. Luxury home sales present their own unique challenges. If you think about it logically, celebrities represent a special category of homeowner. People who are always in the spotlight â€” highly visible. The relationship with the public can be like a â€œlove hateâ€ relationship. They treasure and often demand privacy. The PUBLIC can be very insensitive. Some celebrities can be highly insensitive. It is therefore in the agents best interest (and that of their clients) for the client celebrity NOT to be present during and OPEN HOUSE. In fact, not many celebrities would even authorize an open house. Most showings are by appointment.
Having said this, most circumstances in real estate suggest that the seller is not present during an open house or showing. Sometimes, they become incensed over buyer remarks that are not complimentary of the home or its contents. Sometimes they say the wrong things with the best of intentions.
I've represented some sports celebrities in the past, and I've always recommended that they "disappear" during open houses. The goal is to sell the home, not to have an autograph session. Most Realtors (myself included) don't like to name drop because of privacy issues. We're hired to do a job for a client; whether that client is famous or not generally doesn't make a difference (except that some celebrities can be difficult because of their status). Personally, I would rather represent average homeowners because they tend to be more thankful when I provide great service, and are more likely to refer me future business.