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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Depends if the other agent is there, LOL

If it's MY seller, they are GAGGED unless I ASK them the question. This is previously agreed to!

May 10, 2022 07:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I just chat them up and see what I can find out about their plans and motivation that would help my buyer in potential negotiations. And that's exactly why they shouldn't be there for a showing.

May 10, 2022 08:12 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The door is wide open for whatever is appropriate and necessary. 

Always being pleasant and professional respecting the seller and their home! 

May 10, 2022 09:28 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Anything reasonable is fair game. Sellers can talk too much or keep mum. The response from Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 is spot on.

May 10, 2022 09:16 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

May we come in?

May 10, 2022 07:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In every one of my listings, we talk about how showings will be done, including them being OUT OF THE HOME.   Like Candice, I tell them I have duct tape in the car for those purposes!  LOL

May 10, 2022 07:54 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would encourage the buyer to ask the seller 1. What did you enjoy most about living here. 2. What surprised you. 3. Wow! So wonderful. Why are you moving?
Loose lips sink ships.

May 10, 2022 09:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Be polite! And then Chat them up as Nina Hollander, Broker suggests. You don't have to pry but you do have a job to do. If they are leaving, let them go!

May 11, 2022 04:28 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Assuming that I represent the Buyer who is looking at the house:


The Seller is there because they WANT to talk.  So let's get to their motivation, and what they are trying to achieve. 


After the small talk and the thank you for letting us see your house, cut to the chase... "Why are you selling?  What are your plans after you sell?  I see the list price and the information that your agent provided in the MLS, is there anything else you want to share about this house?" 

May 10, 2022 07:42 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Our sellers are not present for any showings.  Not a wise thing to be doing. 

May 10, 2022 01:24 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I "chat them up" & see just how much they'll talk... ;)

May 11, 2022 04:50 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Anything you want, it is up to their agent to keep them quiet.

May 11, 2022 03:36 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Stuff about the house, e.g. the bones and updates, maybe some history.

May 10, 2022 03:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If a buyer agent, aside from good morning, I would tread lightly. I have allowed my seller to stay for learning purposes but had to brief the conduct rules as in lend everyone your ear but not your mouth. If asked anything, refer it to your agent is your go-to response for everything. Easier to say than to practice btw...

May 10, 2022 09:48 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Happens all the time and it is ok. Just be friendly, respectful , professional, ask property related questions, thank them for their time and showing you around. 

May 13, 2022 12:23 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Where's the light switch, how do I open this door, where is the community pool, are you having a nice day etc.?  Nothing protected by agency.

May 12, 2022 11:03 AM