Recently, I was working with a buyer client who just didn't want to take his shoes. We went into a home one Sunday that just happened to be open and the listing agent insisted he take his shoes off. Long and short of it, he didn't go in to see the house.
The listing agent said he was missing out. Maybe
The listing agent said many cultures take off their shoes in their homes. No doubt....I take my shoes off at home.
My thought though is that the person who was missing out was the seller. The listing agent had a ready, willing and able buyer get turned off and turned away because he didn't want to take his shoes off.
I think the listing agent had forgotten that we weren't selling a home any longer...it was now a product. Would you expect to have to take your shoes off in a new home? Builders understand what they're selling.
The really unfortunate part of this whole thing is that if the listing agent had thought it through, she would have realized that there is a really easy solution to this dilemma. Run up to Home Depot or Lowes and buy those throwaway booties that workers use when they come in your home so as not to bring in dirt.
Now that would have been a win-win!