What timing.... Earlier today I wrote that the presence of sellers agents can also have a negative effect. Oh...Oh..Oh.. Just had that happen to my buyers and me. Then, I opened up Trulia on my computer and saw your post recommending a seller agent be present.
Just got back from an appt. Sellers agent met us there, much to my surprise. I had scheduled the appt w/ the sellers agent, but was not expecting the "help" to be there. The help was not helpful. In fact, the help was a strong deterrent. I know my buyers and I told them before the appt that they would really like this property a lot. I could not talk to my buyers, and they could not talk to me.......much to both of our frustrations. They wanted to draw comparisons of this property to others we previously visited. The comparisons would have been favorable for this property over the others, but it was not a conversation they or I wanted to have with the â€œhelpâ€ of the sellers agent. It is a great property for my buyers. If anything progresses in terms of an offer, it will be despite the sellers agents help. The sellers agent is clueless that their presence was an obstacle.
So, respectfully, Pam, I could not disagree more strongly or intensely than I do at this moment.
Can I talk w/ my clients by phone later? Yes, but we canâ€™t point to the stove, reference how and why nuances of the layout are so perfect for their needs, stand in front of the fireplace, look at the view, etc., as we draw comparisons. The sellers agent deprived that oppty. That was frustrating for my buyers and me. Worse, it was a disservice to the seller, since each comparison would have had this property coming out on top.
I couldnâ€™t give you a stronger testimony than this to say, seller and sellers agents, â€œDonâ€™t be your own worst enemy.â€
Whereâ€™s Ruth? Put this in your book. Iâ€™ll keep you posted on the updates of my buyersâ€™ decisions.
Jim....Tx for the laugh. In my frustrated state of mind, it was just what the doc ordered.
Carrie......Excellent suggestion on putting the BA on alert to encourage more careful montioring during showings.