Long Island Sellers Ask | Why Should We Leave During Our Open House On The North Shore Of LI?

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Long Island Sellers Ask | Why Should We Leave During Our Open House On The North Shore Of LI?


We know our house better than anyone else, Why Shouldn't We Stay Around During Our Open House?Open Houses On Long Island

Larry and Sheila Realtors do not recommend the homeowner to stay during an Open House.

Buyers feel uncomfortable whenever a seller sticks around. They want to open closet doors. They want to look inside kitchen cabinets. They don't want to feel rushed and want to look around and picture their furnishings. It's not about being intrusive. They just want to try and imagine their stuff in these new surroundings.

They don't like homeowners watching them, following them, or talking about things they don't even care about.

We had one seller who followed a couple around and was more interested trying to sell them his $25.00 picture hanging on the wall, then trying to sell the house. He kept distracting them and they eventually left without even viewing the whole house. When we called them after the Open House, they told us they felt "creepy" having the homeowner follow them!

Yes, we do understand it's an inconvenience for you to have to leave your house.  But, Larry & Sheila know from experience that buyers will stay longer without a homeowner around.  They will critique the good and the bad about the house without you there. They want to talk freely and may see things they don't like but don't want to hurt your feelings. We have heard buyers tell sellers everything they thought the homeowner wanted to hear about their home, only to say they didn't like the house at all once they left and the seller was out of sight.

You want buyers to spend time in your house. The longer time the spend looking around, the more emotionally vested they become in the home. This could lead to the likelihood they are going to Buy your house.

Any questions that a buyer may have will certainly be passed along to you after the Open House. We have found that potential buyers usually walk through faster because they feel they are intruding on the sellers space.

Trust your Realtor to know what is best.

Getting a buyer at an Open House to picture themselves living in the property is one of the most effective ways to generate serious interest and get your house from listed to SOLD!

Larry & Sheila's recommendation would be to prepare your house and make it sparkling clean, open the shades, turn the on the lights, and leave before the Open House!

Knowledge is power and knowing how to avoid mistakes in the Real Estate market is the first step in a successful real estate transaction!

Larry & Sheila are Realtors with Charles Rutenberg Realty and can be reached at 631-805-4400.


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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Years ago when I was looking for a home, it made me insane if they sellers were home when I toured.  They were the quickest tours for all the reasons you mentioned.  Funny thing is, I wound up buying an FSBO, but they sat in the yard with an "adult beverage" while we toured their home.

May 21, 2012 09:58 PM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Sellers need to do their magic disappearing act during any showing or open....contrary to what they may believe, they are not the best tour guides...have a great week !

May 21, 2012 10:02 PM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Very good advice for home sellers.  I have found exceptions to this rule when home sellers really know how to welcome prospective purchasers.

Have an outstanding week, with your camera in hand.

May 21, 2012 10:17 PM #3
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Larry & Sheila - Sellers can definitely cost themselves a sale by sticking around, that goes for showings too.

May 21, 2012 10:41 PM #4
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Oh, that is so true, Larry and Sheila. Who wants to look around when the sellers are sitting there pretending they aren't watching every move you make. I'm suggesting.

May 21, 2012 10:49 PM #5
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Larry/Sheila...it can't be said enough time...Sellers should LEAVE the house to give the property the best opportunity to sell.

May 21, 2012 10:52 PM #6
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Larry & Sheila,  Sellers always think they are an asset when present at open houses and showings.  It is our job to educate them and keep them out of the home.

May 22, 2012 12:04 AM #7
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com - Albuquerque, NM
AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Larry and Sheila Realtors do not recommend the homeowner to stay during an Open House and neither does John McCormack in Albuquerque!  Suggested my friends .....

May 22, 2012 12:14 AM #8
Jeffrey Funk
eXp Realty - Windermere, FL
Broker Associate | Team Leader

Larry & Sheila - I agree, it is in the best interest of the showing (and the sale) for the sellers to step out during a showing. With some sellers this may be difficult, but it is our job as their Real Estate Agent to reassure them, it truly is for the best.


May 22, 2012 01:28 AM #9
William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Real Estate

Larry and Sheila, I hit the suggest button! Excellent post! Very true about buyers being uncomfortable with sellers looking on, and it may make them rush through the house rather than truly take the time they need to assess! Wishing you both a great day.


May 22, 2012 02:00 AM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I don't even hover at Open Houses...I let people wander and comment freely, they always know I'm around for questions and such, but I give them breathing room. I can't stand it when sales people follow me around in stores...or at an Open. As for the Sellers, no way should they be at the Open.

May 22, 2012 02:10 AM #11
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

During BOTH Open Houses and showings, it is vital that the sellers take a trip to the mall or someplace else.

May 22, 2012 03:15 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Larry and Sheila,

This is excellent advice and I agree with Toni and suggesting. A

May 22, 2012 04:41 AM #13
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry & Sheila, excellent answers, and agreed -- they talk too much, spill the beans, and scare off potential buyers!

May 22, 2012 07:08 AM #14
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good afternoon Larry and Sheila.

It is smart to send the seller away during an open house.

May 22, 2012 07:22 AM #15
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Larry and Sheila, another great post and suggested.  Definitely the buyers should leave during an open house....that is if they want it sold!

May 22, 2012 08:08 AM #16
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Larry and Sheila you covered this subject well.  It goes beyond the open house,I once had a seller who insisted on being present for the inspection, so the buyers walked.  Yes home buyers need some space.

May 22, 2012 01:17 PM #17
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