Should Sellers Be Home For An Open House?

Reblogger Cheryl Ritchie
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge 71785

Let's the top of my head, the reason a seller should leave during the Ooen a House is to make sure the Buyer spends more time in the home visualizing it as their own. Another reason would be that loose lips sink ships. A third reason would be saying the exact wrong thing. A fourth would be to eliminate a crowded feeling. 

Original content by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 311291

Should Sellers Be Home For An Open House?


Margaret Rome 410-530-2400 



Well of course NOT!


A few reasons we tell the sellers to "get lost". 


  • Buyers are not comfortable with the sellers around.
  • Buyers don't stay as long with the sellers at home.
  • Buyers will not talk freely with the owners present.
  • Sellers can give away too much information.
  • Sellers can get upset when they hear certain comments about their home.




We had an impromptu open house  scheduled today from 3:00-4:00 at

this beautiful new listing. 

12412 Benson Branch Road.


12412 Benson Branch Rd 410-530-2400


 I arrived early enough, after my  live radio show,  to make sure the lights were on, the signs and arrows were in place and the information, and sign in sheet were all available.

 And, of course, to make sure the chocolate cookies were in the oven!


Since I make the rules for my sellers, I can also break the rules.

And that is what I did today. 

 I broke the rules.


I asked my sellers to stay home for the Open House and I am so glad.

Our plan was to have the wife upstairs, the husband downstairs and I would greet any potential buyers at the front door. 

So many visitors, we actually had a real traffic jam.

There is more than ample parking with the circular driveway.

At one time we counted a dozen cars ... visitors were all over the place!




Thank goodness Bridget McGee AKA Mortgage Mama stopped by  and was a big to help directing traffic and talking to so many of the visitors while the sellers and I were showing all the nooks and crannies of this perfect home.


I left 12412 Benson Branch Road at 6:30 this evening!

   Remember this was a one hour Open House.



Should  Sellers Be Home For An Open House?


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Shuchi Agrawal
Kanam Realty Group/Kanam Commercial - Flower Mound, TX
Serving Dallas / Ft. Worth

Cheryl Ritchie, thanks for sharing this.  I would have given the same rules to my sellers but this perspective from Margaret Rome is also interesting.  I just might try this too.  

Mar 17, 2015 03:21 PM #1
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Very attractive listing. With so many attending, it was fortunate to have additional help. Could smell the chocolate chip cookies. The descriptions of the hour more than satisfied my senses. Nice of you to share, Cheryl.

Mar 17, 2015 03:22 PM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Cheryl. I do have to agree with the author that sellers should not be home for the open house.

Mar 17, 2015 06:26 PM #3
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Cheryl - nice reblog, and I agree: the majority of the time, the sellers are not an asset at an open house. 

Mar 17, 2015 09:12 PM #4
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks for the reblog In this unusual  instance, I needed the sellers to stay at home. It worked. The house is sold and settled! 

Mar 17, 2015 10:37 PM #5
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I missed reading the original one.

Mar 18, 2015 05:33 AM #6
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks for reblogging as I missed the original post.  All good reasons a seller should open the house and get out! 

Mar 18, 2015 06:18 AM #7
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Great re-blog.  I do not believe sellers should be home for open house, or for that matter, they should not be home when their house is being shown, period.


Mar 21, 2015 11:42 AM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an important topic and an excellent selection for a re-blog.

Mar 24, 2015 01:03 AM #9
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