Are Realtors Required To Enter The House When Showing Their Buyers?

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Are Realtors Required To Enter The House When Showing Their Buyers?

Imagine selling your home for a moment. Would you expect the Realtor working with the buyer to accompany them throughout the entire showing? I would. There's a practice (don't ask me why) where some agents unlock the front door and then wait outside until the showing is over. 

I don't have a logical explanation for this. There's a very successful agent I know who takes great pride in standing by the front door and giving his buyers "privacy" as they wonder around the home having conversation about the property and who knows what else. 

Personally, I've never worked with a buyer I didn't have a certain level of trust with. I go through an extensive process before even considering scheduling an appointment to view a single home. But even still, I wouldn't let my own mother wonder around a home without me. I think it's irresponsible, unprofessional and not fair to myself, the buyer or the seller.

Accompanying the buyer isn't just about the worry of theft. It's about me discussing concerns, thoughts, facts and everything else under the sun & roof of the home buying experience. If my clients need "a moment" they'll have plenty of opportunity outside, in their car or on their way home. No buyer should assume total privacy in someone else's home anyway. It's not uncommon for homeowners to have audio and even video of their interior while their property is on the market. I always remind myself and my buyers to "watch what you say" when you're in someone's house. You never know who might be sowing in a bedroom or still in the shower. 


Posted by
Greg Nino
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Comments (8)

Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I haven't even heard of the practice of just waiting outside. It seems lazy and irresonsible/odd to me. I have allowed buyers to talk in one room while I'm in the hall, or talk privately outside while I'm inside, etc. In those cases, they are seriously considering the house and I want them to have a little privacy for decisions. 

Nov 16, 2014 12:04 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

There is a real estate TV show that does that -  I find myself screaming at the tv (again) every time.  I've actually had one client ask if they could do that with a million $ listing - I fired them that very day :)

Nov 16, 2014 12:44 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I've never heard of this particular practice.  I see the point that it gives your buyers some privacy, but I like to hear what my buyers like and don't like about the home.  Sounds like a stupid gimmick to get attention.  

Nov 16, 2014 02:18 AM
Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Florida Realty Investments - Sarasota, FL
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Greg: This sort of showing practice will never happen when I am showing a home. There are too many uncontrolled variables that can bite back!

Nov 16, 2014 03:00 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I've done it on a few occassions at the RE-TOUR of the property, when the buyers are making up their mind.  Never on the first tour.  Ever!

Nov 16, 2014 04:29 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

The buyer's agent should walk through as well. Maybe not along side them, or even with them, but they should see everything the buyer is seeing so they can talk about it later

Nov 16, 2014 07:58 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Greg, I'm with them under normal circumstances, although I got a surprise yesterday when I went to show a home and the buyers got there early and before the seller left.  The seller let them in and left without me even being there yet.  I was surprised for sure! 

Nov 16, 2014 08:41 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Once. I did that once.  It was a fixer, bank owned and it was an investor and well... I just wasn't going in the double murder house.

Nov 16, 2014 01:28 PM