North And Northwest of Chicago Real Estate : Showing A Home

Showing A Home

Time ago I read few posts and different opinions about showing a home with or without the owners present.

I don't know why, but my opinion was when showing homes without the owners or listing real estate agent present, it would be better. The clients would be more comfortable, and showing of the home would go smoother. 

Open House It appears that when we drive around to show homes to a client it's like a private open house. We open the home, but someone could be there to offer us a cookie, answer a question if we have, show us the way to the basement, tell us what are the latest updates and fixes, etc. 

If the owner would not be there, would we ask all the questions that we could have at the time the house that was open by the listing agent, maybe owner. Or is it the best for the home to be undisturbed while walking with clients from room to room without being bothered?

Some of the sellers do like to be present. Some of us a have to be present by the owner's request.

Is this topic even important? As long as the listing agent answers the phone, the property is presentable, and the keys are in the lock box, we should be fine. Or not? :)

Anyway, when the clients are interested, we would show them the property at least one more time for more details.


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 Haris Dedic, Realtor®, SFR, SRES

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Comment balloon 3 commentsHaris Dedic • January 16 2010 11:36AM


We do not show homes where the owner is present -- it never ends up going well -- and we ask that they leave.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

I just showed a property this week where the owners were present.  We did not know they would be there.  Apparently the were there cleaning following a tenant just moving out.  It was very uncomfortable for the buyer.  The seller followed us through the house telling us about everything he had done to the house.  It was very annoying.

Posted by Ashley Myers,, Realtor (Allen Tate Realtors) over 9 years ago

I like the listing agent to be present for questions.  The seller should neve be present, but sometimes it is unavoidable.  There are many that just hide in a room and smile at you when you pop your head in.  Those are great.  The ones that follow you around and explain every nook and cranny can be their own worst enemy.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 9 years ago

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