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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

They may be prone to revealing too much information about the home, their motivation for selling, and inhibit buyers from truly experiencing the home and expressing their feelings.

Apr 18, 2015 02:07 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

In our area, we normally don't have buyers and sellers meet at all.  There is always the exception to the rule.  

Apr 18, 2015 02:43 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

People get nervous when the home owner is there during showings.

Apr 18, 2015 06:48 AM
Mary Thompson
Lanier Appraisal Service - Flowery Branch, GA
Lake Lanier Appraiser in North Georgia

So they don't shoot themselves in the foot by their presence. We also don't like sellers at home when we do appraisals, too distracting to the entire process. If there are questions about the home, that is what the Realtor is there for, they can answer or get the right answer later from the Seller. 

Apr 18, 2015 04:47 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Buyers don't like it and Sellers often talk way too much, which can hurt their negotiating position.

Personally when I am with buyers, I LOVE it because sellers usually run their mouths to their disadvantage. 

Apr 18, 2015 02:27 AM
Bernadette Waltrip
Montrose, CO

Have you ever gone shopping for shoes or a car? You walk in and are pounced on by some salesman when all you want to do is have fun shopping.

Well that is the same feeling a Buyer gets when the Sellers remain in the home.

Buyers feel uneasy and can not relax and take in what the home offers. They feel they are imposing and want to get out as fast as they can.

That is not the way to get a home bought or sold.

Apr 18, 2015 02:16 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Buyers feel more free to poke around a home, and make comments freely when sellers are not present.

Apr 18, 2015 02:10 AM
Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
Realtor Ajay Pandya

So that buyers get privacy to preview the home.

Apr 23, 2018 10:05 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Bruce nailed this one!

Sep 25, 2017 05:03 AM
Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
Realtors/Career Consultant

Sellers should leave their homes during showings so that the buyer will be honest to their agent and can talk freely as well as prevent them from revealing too much information.

Apr 24, 2015 11:09 AM
Kenneth Marable
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV

Simple. As professional realtors we are the professionals the Cients are Not. The Sellers almost ALWAYS say things or do things that Do Not help their house sell.

Consider under what circumstance would any other profession allow there client to be present without them in front of another professional in the field. I do not even like my clients waiting across the street staring...watching intently during a home

Apr 18, 2015 03:42 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sharon Parisi - so that they don't see the buyers opening the drawers of kitchen or see what's in fridge!

Actually, the idea is to give buyers time to 'feel' the home! With sellers around, they may not be able to preview the home and will be worried if some eyes are constantly looking at them.

Apr 18, 2015 02:07 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Allows buyers to talk freely with their agent and they don't feel like they are being watched.

Apr 18, 2015 01:50 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I would encourage sellers to leave when their are showings on their home.  The Buyers are more relaxed and can talk more freely when there is noboy there.

Apr 18, 2015 12:36 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I overheard once the buyer asked probing questions. Why don't you let go your listing I will buy it direct w/o her. You save your commission money.

Apr 18, 2015 12:22 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

So buyers will stay in the home longer and speak freely with their agent.

Apr 18, 2015 12:14 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

So the buyers can look freely and not feel like they are being watched. Also the seller feels uncomfortable seeing a buyer opening doors and cabinets. A seller likes to talk too and could give away too much information. The buyer may do the same and lose their negotiating edge.

Apr 18, 2015 11:58 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There are so many reasons for this. One of the big ones is so that buyers don't feel like they are intruding on the sellers. With an empty house, the buyers can feel free to really look it over and openly discuss it. 

Apr 18, 2015 11:15 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

So they don't open up their mouths and start singing like a canary!  I have heard sellers give away the farm to the buyer's agent telling them why they are selling and what distress they are under.  It also makes it more comfortable for buyers to be able to look without feeling uncomfortable with a seller around.

Apr 18, 2015 08:33 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I personally do not mind the seller staying.  But listing agent ask the seller to take a walk during showing so the buyer feels a little more comfortable looking through your home.

Apr 18, 2015 07:06 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Because in most instances they will hover over the buyers and make them very uncomfortable.  Just their presence can make buyers feel uncomfortable.

Apr 18, 2015 06:06 AM
Michael Layton
RE/MAX Desert Properties - Palm Springs, CA
Experience and Trust

Buyers rarely feel comfortable with the seller lurking around or worse yet following them around trying to be "helpful"

Apr 18, 2015 05:35 AM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Buyers tends to feel more comfortable viewing the home and trying to visualize themselves living there.  A Seller can sometimes seem as though they are a child in the playroom, helicoptering around say, "mine, mine, don't touch!" . 


If a Seller is in the backyard and the Buyers want to talk to them and ask questions, by all means.  However, I would suggest staying out of the house so the Buyers have free reign to go about the rooms at their own pace, open closets, etc..

Apr 18, 2015 05:15 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

Hello Sharon i dont care if they stay or go, but i do tell them that talking can get them in to saying thing they later regret, example i will leave the bbq gril and then they end having to do it . any ways most seller dont want to be at the home on showing they feel awkward. great question have a great month

Apr 18, 2015 04:56 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

they don't need to leave, but they should remain out of the way....sit outside or in one room, if it's bad weather out....most of our sellers leave....

Apr 18, 2015 04:11 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Even on caravans where there are only agents, you can feel the uneasiness and the agents can't get out of there fast enough. Why? Because they don't feel they can ask the hard questions or express their true opinions.

Apr 18, 2015 03:28 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sharon Parisi I think buyers feel more comfortable if the seller isn't at home. When sellers are at home, they usually bird dog the buyer with all those helpful selling points.

Apr 18, 2015 03:16 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Like everyone else the sellers do not need to be there.  Their intention is good but they often get irritating to the buyers

Apr 18, 2015 02:55 AM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I think its because things that are said may hurt the seller, and this could affect negotiations if the buyer makes an offer

Apr 18, 2015 02:18 AM