Please Remove Your Shoes Before Showing

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Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

My phone rang this morning, and to my delight it was a prospective buyer who had asked Vintage Shoesfor Realtor suggestions and was given my name.

 

As we chatted, I learned what her needs were. I prepared an MLS search to see what was available. Homes are selling quickly in the Brandon MS market, especially in the callers price range, so we need to act accordingly.

 

While reviewing the MLS listings, a particular property caught my eye. The comment section read, "Please remove your shoes as the seller does the same".

 

When I was a Baby Real Estate Agent, I might have been offended by this remark. Even worse, my BUYER might have been offended. Now, I look at this statement differently.

 

Since the sellers remove THEIR shoes before entering the home, I now appreciate the fact that the seller is fastidious (my $10 word of the day). They care for the property and take extra steps to keep it in pristine condition. At least I hope so!

 

Perhaps we should add this home to our shopping list.

 

 

#noshoesallowed

#justforfun

#realtorlife

 

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have no problem with removing my shoes upon request. And, I have had no clients that objected.

Apr 02, 2019 03:08 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Excellent point of view Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty even though I've never had a problem with please remove shoes.

Apr 02, 2019 05:11 PM #6
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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Hello Pat - it's common for "remove shoes" request be made in our area but it is still wise to share this information upfront when possible prior to an actual showing.  Good for this agent.

Apr 02, 2019 05:42 PM #7
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Kathy Streib
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Pat- when we were looking in Northern VA many years ago, one of the listings had a lovely sign asking us to remove our shoes because they had just refinished the wood floors for the new buyers of their home. They had a little basket of booties for us!

Apr 02, 2019 06:59 PM #8
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like when this request is made, mainly because it prohibits my clients and I from going out to the backyard, garage, etc. where dirt would be picked up on the socks or booties.  It should suffice for people to dust the bottom of their shoes off on the welcome mat before entering.

Apr 03, 2019 08:01 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Ron and Alexandra Seigel thanks A. It was written for fun and I'm excited about working with a new client.

Apr 03, 2019 08:50 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Where do you find these booties, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ? That's a great item to add to my supplies in the trunk.

It was a very polite request and I respect the way it was worded Grant Schneider 

Apr 03, 2019 08:52 AM #11
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Michael Jacobs the request is fairly unusual for the Deep South. I'd say less than 5% of homeowners ask prospects to remove shoes. Removing shoes isn't an issue, but I like the idea of providing booties or socks as an alternative.

Apr 03, 2019 08:56 AM #12
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
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Kathy Streib - that seller took an extra step by providing a basket of booties for buyers (how is THAT for alliteration?)

Excellent point! Brian England Another concern is if the shoes or boots are difficult to remove and there are no chairs or seats by the entrance to carefully remove them. I don't mind kicking my shoes off especially in bad weather; in fact I usually ask my clients to do so whether the seller asked us to or not. I am particularly mindful not to track mud or dirt into a sellers home. :) If the home is new construction (freshly laid flooring), my buyers and I will also tiptoe through the house and stay on runners, if provided.

 

Apr 03, 2019 09:02 AM #13
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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It's a custom in different states and countries, so, it's not an unusual request. You'll know if you should remove your shoes when you see all the shoes or slippers at the doorway. I'm from Hawaii, so, it ain't no big thing.

Apr 04, 2019 01:08 AM #14
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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
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Pat, that is a good way to look at this request.  Here in the northeast that is a common issue.  Some folks have a "no shoes" house and some take off their shoes prior to getting in bed. For some it is cultural and for others cleanliness.  My house is shoes off for the latter reason.  I could go into the reasoning but that is a post in itself. I say always respect the request.

Apr 04, 2019 05:41 AM #15
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

I say, "When in Rome...."

Congratulations on the feature!

Apr 04, 2019 09:16 AM #16
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Kimo Jarrett - It is unusual here, but not a problem in most cases. I'd suggest a large welcome mat at EVERY exterior door. It makes a difference in keeping floors clean.

Apr 05, 2019 01:08 PM #17
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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My thoughts are with Dana's response--quite often it is a cultural issue with the sellers so I respect the request.

Apr 06, 2019 01:01 PM #18
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I agree - it's not a negative but, I have a thing about going barefooted in a home! (Yes, the germaphobe in me awakens!) If my sellers request no shoes, I buy a box of booties at the Home Depot for them to keep at their doorway. I always appreciate sellers who do that when they ask me to remove my shoes!!

Apr 07, 2019 07:02 AM #19
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George Souto
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Pat I do not have any problem removing my shoes when I stop by Open Houses, but I do it with full disclosure that it is at their own risk ...... LOL

Apr 08, 2019 04:37 PM #20
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Smart advice from that seller.  Any buyer should appreciate that statement, especially if they are interested in buying the home!

Apr 08, 2019 06:43 PM #21
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I showed a house last week and the carpets were so dirty, there is NO WAY I'd dare go barefoot. Thankfully, that is a rare exception. Most homes I show are in excellent condition. The booties are a great idea. I wasn't aware you could purchase them at HD.

Apr 09, 2019 12:48 PM #22
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

George Souto - you're too funny! Although I do worry about the prospects who are not comfortable in sock feet or even barefoot. 

Apr 09, 2019 12:50 PM #23
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Pat:

This is fairly common here, and in most cases the seller also provides booties for buyers to use if they would rather keep their shoes on - some people do not want to walk in someone else home in bare or stocking feet. And I have been in some houses where I would not want to either!

I never wear shoes in my own house.

Jeff

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