Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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It would be rude not too......oh yeah! I had a seller leave fresh baked and still warm blueberry muffins & fresh brewed coffeeonce...we did all we could not to kill the whole dozen. It worked, my clients bought the house and still live there!

Jun 13, 2016 11:58 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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If nobody takes advantage, the Sellers feelings will be hurt.  So I encourage the Buyers to help themselves.

 Then I eat the rest.

 

Jun 13, 2016 11:48 AM
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Sam Shueh
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Debbie Reynolds 

If home baked and there is no one around I promise you my jaws will be active from pending....

When someone walks in I change status to withdraw.  

What?  I did not see nothing.

 

Jun 13, 2016 11:27 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
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Hell yeah!  

Jun 13, 2016 11:27 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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It's rare that it happens, but yes I have. Buyers have also asked if it was OK to take something

Jun 13, 2016 11:21 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Only if the cookies are high quality.....

Jun 13, 2016 12:11 PM
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Sharon Kowitz
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Yes, absolutely!

Jun 13, 2016 11:56 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I recommend to the buyers that they are there for them and to have one. I will generally take a water. I showed houses last Saturday and two houses had cookies and drinks. It was a very nice gesture.

Jun 13, 2016 12:55 PM
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Melissa Jackson REALTOR
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Yes!

Jun 13, 2016 12:27 PM
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Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

Heeeeeeck yea! 

Jun 13, 2016 12:03 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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If the seller has gone to the trouble to bake cookies and supply bottled drinks I encourage the buyers to try them (I'm going to pass) It's a nice jester on the sellers part!

Jun 13, 2016 11:28 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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I definitely encourage my buyer to help themselves and, if there is enough, take some too. If the buyer DOESN'T, then I do for sure--the seller might feel let down if no one helped themselves to this courtesy.

Jun 13, 2016 11:19 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I don't encouage them, but it would appear they are being offered by seller to potential buyers. I usually don't eat any.

Jun 13, 2016 07:49 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I always have bottled water during open houses, and often cookies or candies. Most visitors and realtors take water. 

Jun 13, 2016 05:13 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Debie,

Yes, and I would leave a thank you note also.

Jun 13, 2016 03:33 PM
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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
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Never had it to happen but if they were there, Yes I would encourage the buyer to enjoy.  No One can refuse cookies if they are our favorite brand.

Jun 13, 2016 02:38 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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yes because I am frequently thirsty or hungry! and a happy buyer with a full tummy is more likely to look kindly on the listing

Jun 13, 2016 01:55 PM
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Larry Johnston
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Only if they have a sign that offers them to us.  You never know, it could be for the kids after school or something other than for your showing. Normally I don't eat any, but the client may, depending on what the cookies are.

Jun 13, 2016 12:48 PM
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

My buyers will have to decide for themselves, but I'm totally hitting those cookies.

Jun 13, 2016 12:13 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Why not?

 

Jun 13, 2016 11:36 AM
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Shawn and Angela Miller
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I usually bring my own water bottle for myself and cookies for the guests.  I've often thought about getting small personalized bottles of water before with our photo and information on it.  I've never had the owners provide snacks and would never ask them to either.  If the seller did, that would be a HUGE mistake on their part because I LOVE cookies.

Jun 14, 2016 12:43 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Sealed bottled water - maybe.

Cookies - how do you know what's in them?

Jun 13, 2016 09:54 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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This has only happened once or twice, and yes, I did encourage my buyers to enjoy. I don't eat at open houses or showings though, so I don't participate. I'd be as big as a house if I ate everything that was put in front of me!

Jun 13, 2016 08:43 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
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Definitely!

Jun 13, 2016 06:23 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
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Absolutely!  I would not want to offend the Seller!  Plus showing properties is hard work!  It's nice to have the refreshment.

Jun 13, 2016 04:24 PM
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Mike Rock
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there is always a struggle between being hospitable and taking advantage :) 

Jun 13, 2016 01:18 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
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That is questionable IMO Debbie. What if they make a mess. IF the seller told me the cookies and drinks where for the lookers I would pass that on.

Jun 13, 2016 11:22 AM
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Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
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Usually just the water occasionally I will enjoy the snacks.

Jun 18, 2016 11:41 AM
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Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
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Debbie,

I do not encourage, I will if is bottle water and is very hot outside.

Jun 18, 2016 04:42 AM
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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
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Yes, I point it out and let them know they are welcome to partake.  Sometimes, I will partake, not so much the cookies these days, but always the water, as it is hot in Arizona, haha.

Jun 15, 2016 08:30 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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It ABSOLUTELY depends... on if the cookies are freshly baked or store bought and if I like the brand/contents of the cookie!!  I've even had sellers say "help yourself to anything in the kitchen you want" before (of course we were long time friends).  If food is put out there for anyone to take, I certainly would! 

Jun 14, 2016 01:30 PM
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Bob Crane
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I would not.

But if you do, make sure that this treat was for the showing guests and not just set out for something else that the seller has planned later in the day.

Jun 14, 2016 06:30 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Why not? Hosts are happy when their stuff is enjoyed.

Jun 14, 2016 03:41 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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I wouldn't, but I'd offer them to the buyer....

Jun 14, 2016 02:10 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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No; I usually look for the good stuff in the refrigerator and liquor cabinet!

Jun 14, 2016 01:22 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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No, I ask, "Now what am I supposed to do with these cheap store bought cookies I have in the plastic bag?" (kidding of course)

Seriously now.

The first thing I do and acknowledge the gift of hospitality they have exhibited. "It is teamwork that makes the dream work" and I am so happy they are such important team players.

When the owner leaves I put the cookies away. I do not know who may walk through that door who may be effected by trace amounts of peanut.

Evey thirsty soul can receive a refreshing spring water beverage.

When FOOD is intended (by me) at the open house, consumption takes place under the canopy I have erected in the front yard.

Jun 14, 2016 01:03 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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I leave it up to the buyer when at the open house.

Jun 14, 2016 12:21 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Debbie Reynolds Isn't that why the seller set out a plate of cookies and drinks?

Jun 13, 2016 11:43 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Yes.

Jun 13, 2016 11:41 PM
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Michael Jacobs
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Does this pertain do that unfortunate incident in the wet bar of the family room over on Elm Street last week?   

Jun 13, 2016 11:39 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
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Yes but only if it says help yourself.

Jun 13, 2016 11:29 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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If the seller makes the effort you should enjoy!

Jun 13, 2016 10:53 PM
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Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Need I say more 

Jun 13, 2016 10:35 PM
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Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
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I offer, and will usually take a drink. If the buyers eat, then I do, too.

Jun 13, 2016 10:35 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

None for me on the cookies but slurp something to wet the whistle, sure. Let the seller help you shoot the breeze and reinforce the property information can work well too. Don't just shoo them away or push them out the door. They are a valuable resource. Unless the owner of five pitbulls. Let those guys off the hook, suggest an ice cream for the boys and a long walk at a park where you don't hear the bark!

Jun 13, 2016 10:34 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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They made the effort so I think it would be sad if we/I didn't partake....  :)   

It does leave am impression -- I don't have a great memory but can absolutely remember the places that left us a plate of cookies (and client didn't buy either of the properties).

Jun 13, 2016 10:31 PM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

If they are good cookies; yes ma'am.

Jun 13, 2016 10:30 PM
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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what kinda cookies?

Jun 13, 2016 10:29 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Sure, if the buyers want to indulge....showed a house once where we knew in advance the nanny/housekeeper would be there with an infant while we were seeing the house. She pulled fresh baked cookies out of the oven just as we were walking through the door and told us they were for us.  We had no problem plopping down in the kitchen and enjoying ourselves.  LOL  And, yes, the buyers did happen to end up buying that house.  

Jun 13, 2016 10:29 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I do, but on the way out... I dont want to clean up cookie crumbs as they munch and walk through the home

Jun 13, 2016 10:16 PM
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FN LN
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No.

Jun 13, 2016 09:53 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Sure. It is nice to have these positive situations. Those extra moments in the house could make the sale.

Jun 13, 2016 09:41 PM
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Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC
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Of course!  Actually it's pretty rare, though.

Jun 13, 2016 09:27 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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That's why they've been put out there so I would encourage the Buyer to partake. If a water is offered I'm all in!

Jun 13, 2016 09:17 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Nope - I prefer they not make a mess while viewing the property

Jun 13, 2016 09:06 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Well, I wouldn't eat all the cookies, but I'd certainly take one and encourage my buyers to do so. On a hot day, it's nice when sellers leave out little bottles of water. Anytime, I've sold my own houses, I've done the same. (And buyers with kids love this.)

Jun 13, 2016 08:57 PM
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Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
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Yes, I don't eat the cookies unless they are  oatmeal raisin . I have my standards.  I also engage the other agent and elicit information regarding the house

Jun 13, 2016 08:09 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Debbie Reynolds - perhaps with a disclosure about food allergies....

Jun 13, 2016 04:48 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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not usually either.  In the summer I have a cooler with water in my car during showings.

Jun 13, 2016 02:30 PM