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.