Home for sale, Does showing time always equal interest or lack there of?

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If an agent brings clients to your home and they seem to juct buzz through it, not saying much, does this mean there is a lack on interest? Or do agents these days tell their clinets to act nuetral? I keep getting these showings where they seem to be in a hurry and want to buzz right through. They don’t even take the time to notice many features I want them to notice. Is this a sign they are simply window shoppers, price comparing, or not interested?

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    Miss V
    November 10, 2011 at 11:50 am

    There could be a feature they’re not interested in that limits their desire to look further. It could be the layout of the stairs or the house, the age of the bathroom, or other things that can’t be fixed easily or without extensive remodeling.

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    Brian G
    November 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I don’t think you can really tell anything from the amount of time they spend there. The agent has probably told them to act neutral, or they already knew they should. The agent may also have lined up several houses to show them in a short amount of time, for both the buyer’s and the agent’s benefits.

    When we were selling our house, our agent told us it was better to be out when the buyers were there. It allows them to open up more and discuss between each other what they do or don’t like about the house without worrying they will offend he owner or hurt their bargaining position.

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    November 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Are you there for the showings? I know that I always feel like I am intruding when the seller is present, and will rush to leave.

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    November 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    It would be much more comfortable for buyers if you were not there. Also, make sure children and pets are out of the home. Otherwise, people may feel like they are intruding on your time and space. Buyers want to feel free and open to say anything, positive and negative, about the home they’re viewing and cannot speak openly with the seller right there. Also, if you have not done so already, clear out all clutter and all personal belongings you do not need on a daily basis. Buyers need to be able to picture their things in the space and seeing your things prevents that. Good luck.

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    November 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    95% home buyers zip through a house when the owners are there. I don’t know why, but they don’t talk, they don’t really look, they are in and out in a flash. This happens at open houses too, if the owners are present, the buyers are in and out quickly.

    And it always amazes me how fast buyers get an impression of the house. They can dismiss a house pulling in the driveway. Which is why I emphasize curb appeal.

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    Think Twice
    November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    We currently are buying a house and we HATED looking at homes when people are there. We too “buzzed” through because you feel strange looking in people’s showers and closets when they are home. The home we are probably buying we stayed in for about twenty minutes…backtracking and really looking closely at things, but we felt comfortable doing so because the owners were not there. My advice-go get some coffee or dinner when people come to look and your house will sell faster.

    P.S. Our agent didn’t tell us to “act neutral”

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