WHY do I have to leave for a Showing said the Home Seller?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

One of the oldest questions in the book "Should a home seller leave when a buyer is coming to see the home?" Now, we as Realtors know the answer, at least most of us. But, I met a seller who did not. Over the summer my relocation buyer and I went to see a new listing. We had an appointment, showed up on time and to our surprise, Mr. Seller was home. 

 

As we tried to look at the home, he was in our way every minute. As my buyer opened a closet door he would shut. Turn on a light, he turned it off. Then there he was with a story about everything. From what is wrong, why he is moving and what he did not like about the house. He killed his own sale faster than a lightning bolt.

 

Fast forward 3 months I get a call. It is Mr. Seller, his listing has expired and he remembered me from the showing. Could I come list his home. We met yesterday. My first question was about him being at the showings. I said it is not recommended that the seller be there. I explained in a soft manner why. He said he asked his previous agent and they did not say it was not recommended. That there was the issue and a leading cause why his home did not sell. 

 

He agreed to let me handle the showing.

 

 

Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

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Candice A. Donofrio
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There was a REALLY cool house in a beautiful riverfront community. EVERY showing had Seller in our faces, 'giving the tour because you don't know all that is in this house' . . . pointing out meaningless or obvious things. I finally told the listing agent if you can't get him out of the house for showings, you will never sell this house. Tends to creep us out.

House was listed with like 5 different agents. I am not certain it ever sold even during the high market of the early 2000s. 

Dec 03, 2019 09:29 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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the best way to destroy a showing is to allow a homeowner to be present....even worse is to allow the homeowner to show their home...LMAO

Dec 03, 2019 09:35 AM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I've always advised sellers that it is best they not be present during showings!  And, if a seller follows along, or attempts to "show" the property it's not usually to their benefit!

Dec 03, 2019 01:07 PM #3
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Hi Scott- as they said Loose lips sink ships and that goes for sellers as well. There is very little good that can come from an owner staying in a home for a showing. 

Dec 03, 2019 07:39 PM #4
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I see this often when scanning the expireds and look back to these types of showings that the seller killed their own sale. 

Dec 04, 2019 05:13 AM #5
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It sure is Barbara Todaro, such an important talk to have with our sellers 

Dec 04, 2019 05:14 AM #6
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It is usually never to their benefit Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 04, 2019 05:14 AM #7
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is so right Kathy Streib and you would not beieve how many sellers at showings tell us what they will take...

Dec 04, 2019 05:15 AM #8
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Scott... nothing worse than having the home seller at the house when a buyer is looking. I've actually had buyer clients who refused to enter a home when a seller was there.

Dec 04, 2019 05:42 AM #9
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Scott, and a word to showing agents, if you can't make your showing appointment to an occupied property, have the courtesy to professionally cancel through the protocol/service advised in listing.  

Would they want to leave their own home for a show only to learn the buyer's agent never showed.

Dec 04, 2019 06:55 PM #10
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Scott well said! There is nothing worse than showing up to show a home and find the home owner there! I had one a few months ago where the home owner was sitting in the backyard! The home had a lot of glass on the back, and the guy glared at us the whole time! After about 5 minutes my buyer said let's get out of here

Dec 07, 2019 06:20 AM #11
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Mimi Foster
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In almost 30 years I've never sold a home when a Seller was present during a first showing. My sweet little mother was 85 when she sold her home in Florida. It was a great house at a great price and I couldn't figure out why it wasn't selling. I called her one day and asked about the process, and she told me she always made friends with the people coming through, so she couldn't figure out why no one was buying. She couldn't drive, so I told her to sit on the back patio when people came and not to talk to them. Lo and behold, she sold it on the next showing. 

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