I would like to hear from not only Realtors[sup]TM[/sup] but also home buyers and sellers, past, present and future.
It’s conventional Realtor wisdom in my area that the seller(s) should vacate the premises when a property is being shown to a potential buyer. The reasoning is the buyer(s) and agents can converse and investigate anything they want without worrying about being overheard or giving away something like “Oh, isn’t this lovely!” that might affect price negotiations. And the sellers might have an emotional tie to the property that could cause problems.
But, in house showings, there are often questions raised by the buyers that the owners can answer better than the data sheets or the agent, who is often uninformed. Thus, the sellers’ presence can be valuable and could lead to a sale. And I rarely find sellers “hovering” around buyers anyway; they usually hang around discretely in the background, available if needed.
So what’s the best policy? Banish sellers during showings or encourage them to be present?