Thanks to Liz Lockhart for sharing her experiences as a Buyers Agent, showing a home with Seller and/or Seller's agent present. Sometimes it can be helpful...if the Buyer's agent will engage the seller or agent in some productive and informative information for the buyer.
Accompanied showings come in two versions: The listing agent is present or the homeowner is present when a listed home is being shown by a buyer's agent. Both scenarios can be uncomfortable for the buyers' agent and for the buyers.
When the listing agent is present, it can be for one of two reasons--at the homeowner's request or because the listing agent wants to control all showings.
The homeowner may be present simply because leaving the house is inconvenient or impossible. On the other hand, the homeowner may be the one who wants to control all showings, believing that the home will not be secure unless s/he is present or that the real estate agent will miss pointing out some key aspects of the home.
Whatever the reason for an accompanied showing, it can end up being a "One cook too many in the kitchen" scenario.
Just this week, I showed several homes to clients, and the homeowner was home during one of the stops. My clients were uncomfortable and rushed through that home, marking it off of their list almost immediately. Once we were out in the front yard, they both said that they had been uncomfortable in the house. How much of that discomfort was due to the presence of the "extra cook," I don't know; but I do know that they will not reconsider that house.
Whether you are the homeowner or the listing agent in an accompanied showing, it's best to fade into the background as soon as possible to minimize your intrusion into the relationship between buyers and their agent.
In other words, "Step back, WAY back."
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