When your home is being shown to buyers, should you be there?

Asked by Trulia Naples, Naples, FL Fri May 17, 2013

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Kathy Bogan…, , Naples, FL
Sat May 18, 2013
No, you may say something the Buyer finds offensive, or talk to much in general...and Buyers feel unconfortable when you follow them around. If you have to be there, take a short walk away for 15-20 minutes or go next door and sit with a neighbor...out of sight. Kathybc 800-448-3411 ext 601...(5/18)
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Sharon McKie, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat May 18, 2013
No absolutely not, most sellers are not aware that the main reason you hire an experienced Realtor to sell your home is TO PROTECT YOU. Sellers may say things with good intentions, but that can ultimately end up being a liability to them. Buyers are famous for saying - but you said and hold you to it through the courts. Let your agent do the showing for all the reasons others have answered. Listen to your agent and do everything possible that they ask you to do - remove personal photos for example. The buyers need to see themselves in your home, with you there it is your home and hard for them to envision themselves there. Remember, State licensing of Realtors came into play, not to sell real estate but to protect the public. Hence the many disclosures and many legal update education requirements that we have to adhere to. Let the professionals handle it.
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Kathy Mittel…, Agent, Hixson, TN
Fri May 17, 2013
It is best to just have the buyer's Realtor with the buyer and you make yourself scarce for the showing as buyers feel much more comfortable seeing a home without the seller present. You do not want the buyer to rush the showing because they feel they should not take time to really look at the house. However, when I have found out that the seller is an elderly person and it is difficult for them to leave everytime they have a showing, I will explain to my buyer first that the owner may be at the home. If this is your situation, you can still give the buyer some room during the showing by sitting outside in your yard while they look at the inside of the house. One more piece of advice if you are concerned about your possessions, is when your house is on the market, put away your valuables and personal papers.
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Justine Will…, Agent, Naples, FL
Mon May 20, 2013
No, the Seller should never be there.

The Buyer needs to be able to speak their mind when viewing a home with their Realtor & even if they love it, they will feel uncomfortable freely looking around with the Seller present.

If the Seller can't leave...they need to go for a long walk or go visit with neighbors until the showing is complete.

Justine Williams
Realtor - Amerivest Realty
Web Reference:  http://www.NaplesListed.com
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Josh Barnett, Agent, Chandler, OK
Sun May 19, 2013
No, they are looking at the home, not the seller.
Web Reference:  http://www.GetSoldOKC.com
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Terence Trom…, Agent, Cape Coral, FL
Sun May 19, 2013
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Raymond Giles, Agent, San Antonio, TX
Sat May 18, 2013
No...It will make the buyers feel uncomfortable. A buyer want to look at a house without someone looking over their shoulder so to speak. You want the buyers to feel as comfortable as possible when viewing your home, allowing them to discuss good and bad features openly. If you are there this process will be compromised possible costing you the sell of your home.
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Corelli Gie…, Agent, Naples, FL
Sat May 18, 2013
It's best if you're not there. Buyers are intimidated by your presence and may not say how they truly feel about the property--thus preventing the agent from knowing their concerns, and being able to address them
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Antonio Vega…, Agent, Saint Cloud, FL
Fri May 17, 2013
NO. Nothing annoys a showing more than the seller keeping the buyer and agent hostage to their sales speech. Both just want to get the heck out as fast as possible.
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Peggy Wagner-…, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Fri May 17, 2013
No, buyers are not comfortable discussing the pluses and minuses of the home (for them) with the owners present. You can stay until the REALTOR and prospective buyers arrive, then take a walk around the block. My experience is that most are there 15-20 minutes most unless its a second showing or someone really interested. If second showing, I'd advise leaving the property beforehand, turn on all the lights and have soft, pleasing music playing. That's last minute preparation. Other things assumed is immaculate cleaning, everything's picked up and shining throughout!
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Terese DeLuca, Agent, Naples, FL
Fri May 17, 2013
No. And the reasons are:

1) You are not trained in marketing techniques. In your zeal to assist, you may inadvertently say something that the will have a negative impact on the prospective of your home.

2) The buyer is looking for a home for themselves and they do not want to look at "someone else home" They may feel uncomfortable and invading. They may not linger in the property as long as needed or ask the questions that they want to. They cannot have a candid conversation with the Realtor. The buy is in their world shopping for their needs and anything that infringes upon that can cause them to move on to a property where they feel comfortable.

Terese DeLuca
Prudential Florida Realty
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Jay Whalen, Agent, Naples, FL
Fri May 17, 2013
It depends on a lot of things
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Rich Homer, Agent, NAPLES, FL
Fri May 17, 2013
No!!!!! Contact us direct for more. 855.627.5376
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Michael Cheng, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri May 17, 2013
No, it's not productive for you to be present.
Web Reference:  http://www.archershomes.com
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