Corey R. Roberts, Turning Dreams into Realty. (Keller Williams Realty—Yuba Sutter)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

First, I don't do open houses, so it's not an issue. I tell sellers before we do listing agreements that they need to leave. If it becomes an issue afterwards and hinders the sale of the home, I fire the seller. At some point I don't need the seller pointing fingers at me saying I failed to sell their home when it was their problem

Dec 13, 2015 08:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would emphasis Sellers are expected to leave the home during showings and open houses.  Buyers will feel much more comfortable touring the home.

Dec 14, 2015 08:09 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

An open house I have control and the seller shouldn’t be there. On showings, it isn’t ideal but I’m not going to ask a young mom with little kids to leave the house on a snowy day.

Dec 14, 2015 03:43 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Sellers should never be present.  I make that very clear when scheduling the open house.  "You will need to be gone, along with any and all pets (with the exception of fish/lizards/turtles or any animal in a sealed enclosure that won't make noise).

Dec 14, 2015 02:47 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

the seler must NEVER be present at an open house event nor during a showing.....people like to open closets and cabinets.... that's uncomfortable to do when the seller is watching....

Dec 14, 2015 01:04 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We refuse to do it. With the seller present, it does make buyers uncomfortable.

Dec 13, 2015 11:07 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

No and no.  

Dec 13, 2015 09:49 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The whloe point of hiring an agent is to have an objective buffer zone and this violates it. I have also seen sellers at events talk to much.

Dec 13, 2015 09:17 PM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

A big "no" vote from me. It would make it too uncomfortable for the guests, and me too!

Dec 13, 2015 08:38 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I can deal with the seller being there during the showing - they can go to the family room etc - When the weather is bad etc I get it - but the sellers who won't leave during an open house are SO wrong - and I hate having to"entertain" them! 

Dec 13, 2015 08:17 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

If the seller stays in a different part of the house and does try to show the house to prospects it does not bother me as much.

Dec 13, 2015 07:36 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I don't!

Dec 13, 2015 06:59 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

In a word..YUCK !  Have never ever done an open house with the Seller present or attended one.

Dec 13, 2015 06:57 PM
Toronto, ON

I advise my sellers to leave when the open house is taking place.  My buyer may not want to purchase a home if the seller is present during the showing.  However, one advantage is that the seller may provide information that may compromise their negotiating position.

Dec 13, 2015 04:01 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

This happens if the owner wants to check up or start striking conversation with viewers.  The worst case was  the lady comes out telling the viewers the agent is all wrong....

Most of the time I try to live with it.

Dec 13, 2015 12:39 PM
Jillian La Rocque
St Thomas, VI

What would you do if you were here in Dominica? Sellers are always present except one who used to reside in the US so she knows the custom. They are there saying things they should not be saying ... hovering over the prospects ... it is a reality for me. 

Dec 18, 2015 05:39 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Corey - Not a big fan.

Dec 15, 2015 07:17 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I enjoy attending them, so much more productive when you dont have to ask questions through two sets of agents who seldom get the question correct or answered.


Dec 14, 2015 01:35 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I won't do an Open House with the seller there.  If I'm show and the seller is there, there is the possibility I could extract information that would benefit my client.

Dec 14, 2015 12:42 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I really prefer that the seller isn't there. 

Dec 14, 2015 08:49 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I like to avoid it at all costs, it usually does not lead to anything good.

Dec 14, 2015 08:36 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I do not do it then

Dec 14, 2015 07:57 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not the best idea. If the seller insists on staying for whatever reason, at the end of the day it is his home and his choice. His presence would need to be discreet. One of my sellers once insisted on regaling the buyers with stories and they just couldn't wait to get away. Seller should know buyers will not feel comfortable to explore in his presence, which will prove detrimental to sale process.

Dec 14, 2015 04:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It may happen once for a particular listing, but I will not do an open house for that seller again, if they stay.

Dec 14, 2015 03:59 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I wouldn't like it ---- it needs to be a discussion during the listing appointment.

Dec 14, 2015 12:55 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Corey Roberts I don't do open houses. If the seller chooses not to leave, I would cancel the open house. Education is key during the listing appointment. Red flags dictate whether or not to take a listing.

Dec 13, 2015 10:25 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Same way I feel about an Open House when the Seller is not there.

I don't!! 

Dec 13, 2015 10:23 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

its not a good idea in general. i have done it, and if the seller can truly ADD to the equation, then great. but that is very very hard. BUT if they can, then fine. the AVERAGE seller will do more harm than good...

Dec 13, 2015 10:22 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Then, they play the "mummy" while I play seller/agent

Dec 13, 2015 10:09 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I will not conduct an open house with a seller present. As for a showings, when i take the listing i go over why this is a bad idea and not accetptable. 

Dec 13, 2015 09:55 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't think that is a good idea.  We discuss that during the listing presentation.

Dec 13, 2015 09:25 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

This is never a preferred situation. But life happens and there they are.

Be aware, I only do open houses that are good candidates AND that have a defined purpose. I advise the homeowner that I can't have bodies floating about the property to clutter up the choreography. So I PUT THEM TO WORK.

In this case, their preferred station is before the buyer reaches the front door. The script and props keep them on track. Two hours of Florida Sunshine and they find a reason to go to the mall. 

The good news is they share they had no idea how much work and coordination a proper open house requires. The get a peek at that for which they are paying.

Dec 13, 2015 09:07 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

If it is an unusual home I have no problem as they could answer questions about it. Otherwise I am against it.

Dec 13, 2015 09:04 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I prefer to go solo! The otential buyer is more at ease!

Dec 13, 2015 08:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

That is not usually the ideal situation but just explain the process and don't let it bother you.

Dec 13, 2015 07:31 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Doesn't bother me. Just explain to them that they shouldn't follow people around through house, and we'll only talk with them to welcome them, and then if they have any questions after they tour house.

Dec 13, 2015 07:20 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I have only done an Open once where a Seller stayed in the house. She did an amazing job moving from room to room , hiding from visitors !!!

Dec 13, 2015 06:37 PM
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

I don't like it. 

Dec 13, 2015 06:21 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If they ae quiet and mostly unseen it is fine,

Dec 13, 2015 05:23 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Corey. I never think that it is a good idea.

Dec 13, 2015 05:10 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Corey. Make the best of it, in the promotion, let the public know that the seller is available for questions.

Dec 13, 2015 04:07 PM
Melissa Jackson
Citiwide Alliance Realty - Weatherford, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I don't like it.  The homeowner wants to talk and show everything to the client. 

Dec 13, 2015 03:22 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Corey Roberts I'd rather not host the open house at all......

Dec 13, 2015 12:50 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL

Ill adised.

Dec 13, 2015 12:47 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Not good, I do not advise it.

Dec 13, 2015 12:23 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Not good, not recommended.

Dec 13, 2015 12:23 PM