Most home sellers understand that they should leave when buyers arrive for viewings. Buyers are often uncomfortable while visiting when the owner is there. They find it awkward opening closets, voicing objections or simply asking questions. Of course in the case of disabled owners, it can be difficult for them to vacate each time buyers visit. In this instance sometimes showings can be limited to certain blocks of time if the owner is able to leave…… go to a move…. out to lunch, etc.
Real estate agents are a buffer, we wear numerous hats and a primary one is the negotiating hat. The buyer and their real estate agent should never be given the opportunity to negotiate with the seller directly. There are numerous real estate disclosures required by law. In writing home sellers answer detailed and pointed questions. There is no need for the homeower to provide the buyer with verbal assurances of the condition of their home or safety of the neighborhood. The less contact the buyer and seller have the less likely there is for a “he said” “she said” dispute.
Many real estate showings in the Foothill communities of La Canada, La Crescenta, Pasadena and Glendale are by “appointment only” (no lockbox). In this instance it should be the Realtor meeting the buyers and not the homeowner. That’s what we get paid for.
Call Phyllis at 818 790-7325 to learn more about the various aspects involved in showing, and selling your home.