Most sellers vacate their home and let a showing occur with a buyer and their Realtor. An accompanied showing includes the listing agent, the buyer and the agent representing the buyer. In some extreme situations it includes the seller. God forbid. This practice almost always occurs in higher priced homes. A higher priced home with this type of added restriction is usually reserved for 1+ million dollar homes.
Million dollar homes as we all can imagine, are typically owned by executives, athletes, perhaps celebrities and a few brats who think they're celebrities. The point is, they believe their belongings are more expensive, more sacred and therefore in need of an extra set of eyes. Period.
If I was Tom Cruise I would expect my listing agent to accompany every single showing that took place while my house was on the market. I would also ask and demand that my listing agent obtain the approval letter and/or proof of funds prior to any showing taking place. This practice would weed out those who are just wanting to see the inside of a celebrities house.
But what about the Rob Cruise? Rob isn't a celebrity, but an executive who owns a 700k home and for whatever reason he has decided that he'd like the added security of his agent showing his house to other agents and buyers.
Perhaps the sellers believe the listing agent knows more about the house than the buyers agent. That could happen, but it's not critical to have a host during a showing. It's not classier and it doesn't make the house show better to have a representative of the seller there to follow you around room-to-room talking about the cherry trees and smell of Jasmine as the seasons change. The buyers aren't interested in hearing overly descriptive characteristics about the history of the sellers family or how the lumber that built the house was hand picked by the former king of Spain. We don't care. Nobody likes to be sold to. These type of stories and theatrics are better for night time stories.... for eight year olds.
It annoys me to high heaven when I'm showing my buyers and the seller is home. I don't want the seller listening in to our conversations. I want my buyers to ask questions (buyer questions), express their opinions - be excited and share their immediate thoughts when viewing the home. They cannot do this if the listing agent is there with a white glove on.
I have shown literally thousands of homes - in all price ranges. There has never once been an accusation of theft or any type of wrong doing by myself or my clients. Notta one. I take that back. One time a seller accused us of eating her blueberries that she left in a cauldron. As if.
I don't care for accompanied showings. Obviously. I see the point of them for certain people and for extreme situations, but the local weather man who has been on the job for 5 weeks living in a 400k home is neither a celebrity nor someone who should be overly paranoid about buyers wanting to see his house .... just because.