Sellers, there is no good reason why you should be interacting with your buyers as they walk through your home. None.
We have heard you say I’ll be quiet, I won’t listen to them and stay out of the way.We have heard you say I’ll stay in the basement, the den, the backyard. And sometimes our sellers do that, and everything is fine. But there are times when a seller just has to be involved.
Sometimes a seller thinks they can sell a home; they can point out features that the buyers’ agent may miss. Fail. Sometimes a seller thinks they can explain away a water stain or a warped molding better than a listing agent. Fail. Or maybe a buyer might utter something insensitive about a seller’s taste in décor or worse. A seller may need to respond to that.
Our experience has shown us that while a seller absolutely cannot help a showing, they most certainly can hurt. Why would you take a chance? Do yourself a favor and vacate the home while it’s being shown. If you have viewings set up where you provide the access to the buyer and agent, take a walk outside or around the block. If your agent is accompanying the key and showing for you, leave and get a latte.
We like to look at it this way. You did a lot of homework to get to where you are. You hired an agent to sell your home. Let the agent do the job you hired them for. You may not think you are hurting, but you are absolutely making the buyer less comfortable by being there. The buyer will be on guard while touring your home. That is not what you want. You do want them to be as free to talk and like or dislike any features your home has.
This is a business transaction. Let the brokers handle the transaction.