Why Should We Leave During Our Open House On The North Shore Of Long Island?

Real Estate Agent with The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803

We know our house better than anyone else, Why Shouldn't We Stay Around During Our Open House?Open Houses On Long Island

Realtors Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff do not recommend the Homeowner stay during an Open House.

Through our experience, Buyers feel uncomfortable whenever a Seller sticks around. 

Buyers want to open closet doors. 

Buyers want to look inside kitchen cabinets. 

Buyers don't want to feel rushed.

Buyers don't want Homeowners watching them or following them around.

They want to look and picture their furnishings. It's not about being intrusive. They just want to try and imagine their stuff in these new surroundings.

We had one Seller who followed a couple around and was more interested trying to sell them his $25.00 picture hanging on the wall, then trying to sell the house. He kept distracting them and they eventually left without even viewing the whole house. When we called them after the Open House, they told us they felt "creepy" having the homeowner follow them!

Yes, we do understand it's an inconvenience for you to have to leave your house.  But, Larry & Sheila know from experience that Buyers will stay longer without a Homeowner around.  They will critique the good and the bad about the house without the Homeowner there. They want to talk freely and may see things they don't like but don't want to hurt the Sellers feelings. We have heard Buyers tell Sellers everything they thought the Homeowner wanted to hear about their home, only to say they didn't like the house at all once they left and the Seller was out of sight.

You want Buyers to spend time in your house. The longer time they spend looking around, the more emotionally vested they become in the home. This could lead to the likelihood they are going to Buy your house.

Any questions that a Buyer may have will certainly be passed along to the Seller after the Open House. We have found that when a Homeowner stays...potential Buyers usually walk through faster because they feel they are intruding on the Sellers space.

Trust your Realtor to know what is best.

Getting a Buyer at an Open House to picture themselves living in the property is one of the most effective ways to generate serious interest and get the house from listed to SOLD!

Larry & Sheila's recommendation would be to prepare your house and make it sparkling clean, open the shades, turn on the lights, and leave before the Open House!

Knowledge is power and knowing how to avoid mistakes in the Real Estate market is the first step in a successful real estate transaction!

Realtors Larry (Lawrence) & Sheila AGranoffare Realtors on Long Island's North Shore and can be reached at our Cell: 631-805-4400.


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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Larry & Sheila, all good reasons why sellers should leave their home during an open house. Buyers don't want to be intimidated by the homeowner.

Mar 09, 2013 10:36 PM #11
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Buyers need the freedom to look around and the comfort of picturing themselves living in the house............can't be done with the owners there.

Mar 09, 2013 11:14 PM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Great advice as there is nothing worse than when a seller stays behind and hinders ones showing or open house.  have a great Sunday

Mar 09, 2013 11:26 PM #13
Catherine C Capasso
Catherine Cornelia Real Estate - Eastchester, NY
Cottage or Castle, What's Your Dream!
The seller knows the house so well two things can happen; they disclose something that discourages the buyer; or, the potential buyer establishes a relationship with the seller and future negotiations are hampered by it. The best thing is to emotionally prepare the seller. Make them see a house, not their home. Get them to detach from the property emotionally and do everything possible as an agent to close the deal quickly.
Mar 10, 2013 12:46 AM #14
David Grbich
Realty One Group - www.FindCARealEstate.com - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Great post - always best for sellers to leave and allow buyers to have a close look at a home they may buy. Regards Dave

Mar 10, 2013 01:08 AM #15
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Larry and Sheila,

When we sold Ron's mother's house, she wanted to make sure we were not leaving out any part of the house...she would also point our pictures in the den...We finally got a friend of hers to take her out when we had showings and open houses...or one of us would take her out...It was really hard to maneuver than one...LOL A

Mar 10, 2013 01:31 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good advice for home sellers.   The possible negative side is that when sellers really like the buyer prospects, they may be more likely to assist them.

Mar 10, 2013 03:05 AM #17
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience
Absolutely, sellers need to leave the showing process to the professionals, it's a whole different world working with buyers.
Mar 10, 2013 03:38 AM #18
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Guys,  I hate it when sellers want to hang around just in case the buyers have questions that the Realtor can't answer.  People are much more comfortable without the owner watching their every move.

Mar 10, 2013 03:49 AM #19
Bob Ratliff
Canyon Vista Realty - Bandera, TX
"Sold on Bob"

Larry & sheila, I agree it's not good when a Seller stays in their home while it is being shown, buyers need to be able to talk freely and comment without offending the owner etc.

You mention really great tips of how to work with a Seller and Buyer and the open house tip is a very good one. 

Have a beautiful Sunday and I hope you're keeping warm in NY.... 

Mar 10, 2013 04:16 AM #20
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Larry & Sheila,

Congratulations on the feature! There seems to be a chronic need for sellers to be at home to greet, meet and talk to anyone who schedules a showing. They don't realize they could be doing more harm than good and your post covers it all!

I love the picture too!

Mar 10, 2013 04:26 AM #21
Jon Karlen
Finish Line Realty - Shelbyville & Louisville Ky Real Estate - Shelbyville, KY
Louisville & Shelbyville Kentucky real estate

Definitely agree that under most circumstances, Buyers feel uncomfortable with a Seller hanging around.  They don't want to insult the person and can't speak freely about their concerns.

Mar 10, 2013 05:12 AM #22
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Larry & Sheila, great points, and sellers should ALWAYS leave, so buyers can wander and look and feel comfortable.

Mar 10, 2013 06:54 AM #23
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

We had a "friend" who's house we listed and held open houses.  He refused to go.  Refused to allow us to put the dog in the laundry room.  He had to be there to take care of the fuxxxg dog.  To make sure the dog did not attack anyone.  THE DOG ASTTACKED EVERYONE.  Did 4 deals with them and then turned to Dick and I said, DONE, no longer friends.

Mar 10, 2013 07:14 AM #24
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

The moment a home owner decides to sell...

He/she should be disconnected from the house emotionally.

Mar 10, 2013 07:41 AM #25
Peggy Wester
Realty Executives Integrity - Grafton, WI
Real Estate Agent Ozaukee & Washington County

Exactly! I think some sellers just cannot get past the feeling that people are "snooping around" their house. It's our job to convey the reasons you outline here as to why they should not be in the house during open houses, private showings, inspection, etc.

Mar 10, 2013 09:16 AM #26
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Larry & Sheila, yes I always asked that the sellers leave for the open house.   Congrats on the feature!

Mar 10, 2013 02:34 PM #27
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Larry and Sheila -

I agree that it's so important the sellers vacate the homes during the showings, especially an open bouse.

Mar 10, 2013 02:40 PM #28
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

This is great but, even if the owners are not able to leave for whatever reason, they should at least sit somewhere quietly, out of the way, and not follow prospective buyers around.

Mar 12, 2013 03:25 AM #29
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Thank you all for stopping by and commenting on our blog post "Why Should We Leave During Our Open House On The North Shore Of Long Island". We agree that it's so much better for Sellers to leave the house during these visits and report back to them how it went...

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