Seller FAQ: Can I Be Present During Showings?

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Seller FAQ: Can I Be Present During Showings?

A frequently asked question by many of my sellers is, "Can I Be Present During Showings?". Absolutely, it is your home and you can do whatever you wish. However, WHY would you want to be present when prospective buyers are getting up-close-and-personal with your property? Below are my top 3 reasons why sellers should NOT be present when their home is being shown.

  1. Seller FAQ: Can I Be Present During Showings?You will say too much. The buyers agent is savvy and will pickup on key things you mention which could cost you plenty of $$$ once negotiations start. Also, what may be an innocent statement might be taken in a completely different light by buyers.
  2. It is personal and your feelings may get hurt. What if the buyers dislike the mural you painstakenly painted in little Sally's room? Can you handle hearing your decor is not liked? What if you are told the home has a "funny" smell? If you get defensive the mood changes and buyers will be ready to leave.
  3. Simply put...It is awkward. Buyers need time to check out every nook-and-cranny, talk through what they are seeing, and imagine their family and possessions in the home. With the seller (YOU) tagging along, they may feel rushed or pressured, and will not take the time to see all the home has to offer.

No one knows your home as well as you do, so if you communicate to your Realtor everything you want buyers to know about your house, he/she can put together a packet of information that can be left for potential buyers. This is a good way to show off, point out, or bring tidbits to prospective buyers attention without running into any of the 3 pitfalls above.

Providing sellers with smart real estate advice is one of the many reasons to employ the services of a well qualified Warner Robins Real Estate Professional!

As always, Houston County GA real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Anita Clark, your Warner Robins Real Estate Consultant.

When you are ready to sell your Warner Robins home, call me at (478) 960-8055.

 

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Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
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Are you sure Kay?  LOL  Thanks for the comments. ;-)

May 31, 2012 04:48 PM #79
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Morgan Evans
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Sometimes the sellers can be too excited and turn the buyers off.
May 31, 2012 07:58 PM #80
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Joni Staples
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Jon's comment should be enough for any seller to get the picture. But like everything else in life... The "it won't happen to me" thing kicks in.
May 31, 2012 09:29 PM #81
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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That is very true Morgan.  Best to not be present at all.

Joni...sad but true.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Jun 01, 2012 03:07 AM #82
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Carla Freund
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Anita - Great Post! I've noticed buyers are completely uncomfortable when sellers are home during showings. They tend to hurry out of the house and not pay attention to details. I've even had a few buyers request a second showing when the sellers are not at home.

Jun 03, 2012 10:23 AM #83
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Anita Clark
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Carla...the overwhelming majority of us think the same thing. 

Jun 03, 2012 02:00 PM #84
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Kimberly Tapscott
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Hi Anita - as a listing agent I totally agree and warn my clients, not to be at the property during the showing.  You never know what "innocent" question , might be asked that I'll have to address in negotiations. As a sometimes buyer's agent, I'm cautious but intrigued when a seller is home. Sometimes my clients will ignore, but may ask a question out loud like " I wonder what this is" and before I can answer, the owner steps in and gives an explanation and the two become "buddies" I step back and listen for clues. All in all, I like you advise all sellers to leave have a cup of coffee at the local coffee house and come back an hour later.  You have nothing to lose, and possible a sale to gain.

Jun 04, 2012 04:23 AM #85
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Anita Clark
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So very true Kimberly, and as an astute Realtor when representing buyers, you bridge the gap and listen intently for signs that can help your clients. 

Jun 04, 2012 04:35 AM #86
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Congrats on the feature...I love this and reposted it on Google Plus.

Jun 07, 2012 06:53 AM #87
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Anita Clark
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Thanks so much for reposting this Lynda...the more that see this type of information the better.

Jun 07, 2012 06:59 AM #88
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Scott Fogleman
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Great post! I have had a couple who didnt want to leave when their home was being shown. It really makes people uncomfortable..

Jun 11, 2012 04:30 AM #89
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Anita Clark
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You are so right Scott.  No reason to stay unless there are health issues that can't be worked around.

Jun 11, 2012 02:24 PM #90
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A more awkward situation would be when they find the seller present but dead, has happened several times.

Jun 11, 2012 03:46 PM #91
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Anita, you are likely to get some more comments after a re-blog!

Well deserved feature - and for sure, great explanation on why they should stay away from the scene of real action that could result in an offer for their home!

Jun 11, 2012 08:52 PM #92
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Anita Clark
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Pete...that's a deal killer (no pun intended).

Praful...Thanks Praful.  It's an interesting topic that most of us have been through.  The comments have been great.

Jun 12, 2012 02:40 AM #93
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Excellent post, Anita, Congrats on the feature.

Jun 12, 2012 04:57 AM #94
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I remind sellers this is part of what they are paying me to do!

Nov 02, 2012 12:13 AM #95
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Thanks Toni...it still holds true, don't let your sellers be present for showings!

Hopefully they listen Michelle. ;-)

Nov 02, 2012 02:27 AM #96
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Wayne B. Pruner
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This is a smart list. Everyone is more at ease without the Seller there.

Nov 02, 2012 07:37 PM #97
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Anita Clark
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Tigard...The odds are stacked against the seller if they stay.  Always best to leave, even if it is just a stroll around the block.

Nov 02, 2012 07:45 PM #98
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