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Does it help or hinder to have the seller present at an open house?

  • June 04 2014 - West San Jose
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I believe it hinders.  An open house or a private showing with an Agent is time for the Buyer to get a "feel" for the house without feeling that they are imposing or having the Seller distract them trying to answer questions or point out features.
  • June 07 2014
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It hinders.  I would HIGHLY suggest you not be at your own open house.  Here's a Youtube link for a video explaining why it's a bad idea:  http://youtu.be/rKyTtjpepQw
  • June 07 2014
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Hi Julie,

IF they are an owner/builder it can be a plus in some cases.

All the best,

Arpad
  • June 05 2014
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It really creates discomfort for the buyers. The do not feel free to discuss their opinions in front of a person who will naturally be defensive. It's best to have your Realtor there to walk the buyer's through, while you (the seller) leaves for the day.
  • June 05 2014
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You don't want to have direct contact between a buyer and seller.  I believe it's prohibited by the Realtor code of ethics..  
  • June 04 2014
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If the seller shows up as a potential interested buyer and says nothing about any relationship to the house, there is no way that any other buyers would have any clue... but they need to keep their mouth shut and not look like they know too much.

On the other hand, if a seller is selling "by owner", then of course they should be present, and the agent shouldn't be.  A seller that has a lot of sales experience knows how to be personable, welcoming, and not say too much.
  • June 04 2014
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We have had a seller want to stick around for open houses before, and it was a bit of a hindrance.  Buyers feel awkward, as though they cannot speak freely about how the home meets their specific needs.  Sellers can take offense to what is said (or not said), or go way above & beyond with details....details that may not be important at all to the buyer.  Where we have had success would be to allow the seller to conduct details to assist with the open house - baking cookies, providing lunch items, providing raffle items.  Good luck!
  • June 04 2014
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In my opinion it is more of a hindrance than a benefit as potential buyers may not openly express their views about the house. With the owner present buyers may not state what they perceive as negative attributes or voice how they would like to improve about the home. This is valuable feedback that we can then give back to the sellers later on. For example if a buyer walks out of a open house turned off on the carpet, and they never voiced that dislike so as not to offend the seller, I might not have had the opportunity to tell them about the great wood floor underneath.
  • June 04 2014
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It hinders the seller from the seller perspective. It could benefit the buyer for exposure. A first time home buyer can talk face to face to the seller and possibly gain some sincerity from the seller, which could influence the sale. It can possibly effect the outcome. 
  • June 04 2014
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I would say hinder because prospective buyer's would be less inept to talk about the home in fear of the seller hearing any flaws, defects or personal taste in layouts, etc. My suggestion would be to not have the seller present but take you on a quick tour of the home prior to the open house and point out the main selling points as to why they purchased the home.
  • June 04 2014
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