I recommend to all my clients that they leave when their home is being shown. With the secure lock boxes that we have the security risk is minimal. Buyers and their agents also are not at ease when someone is following them around the house. Buyer need to romance the product.
Not a good idea, buyers will RUSH through the home feeling like they are inconveniencing the Seller, and they will not remember much about the home along with being annoyed and the seller for not leaving is not a good way to enter a contract.
No - allow the Buyer to have the opportunity to emotionally "check-in" with no one else around and if they can get an emotional attachment (difficult to do with the Sellers still hanging around), the probability of them making an offer increases. Hope this helps. Cheers!
Why do anything that would/could delay the sale of the home? Generally the less communication between buyer and seller the better. Let the professionals do what they are hired to do. If the seller is uncomfortable about strangers viewing the home, then show by appointment only and let the listing agent or their representative be present for the showing.
I say invite the whole family, follow the prospective buyers through the home and point out every minute, unimportant detail you love that won't help sell the home. Or not. This is such an obvious question, Trulia. What say you try something more challenging?
Seller's should never be present. It just makes for an uncomfortable situation. Potential buyer's want to be able to express them selves and their opinions of their likes and dislikes and that just cannot be done if they think the owner is within ears reach. Honestly it's just weird when a seller will not leave the home when it's being shown and I know from personal experience it has turned off a lot of potential buyers I have represented.
I always advise that my clients leave the house during a showing. From the buyer's prospective, it is hard to get comfortable in a house if the sellers are there. It feels more like you are visiting the seller's house than looking at a potential new home.