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Do Buyers Feel Welcome

 

Recently wrote about how one of my sellers made the buyers and the agents feel

welcome in their home.

This feeling invites the potential buyer to stay longer and maybe think about coming home to this beautiful place.

 

Welcome NOT

 

 

On the opposite side, there are homes with the following signs or directions: 

 

 

Remove shoes before entering!

 Turn off the lights!

Don't touch the thermostat!

Leave the house in the same condition you found it!

Put the key back in the lockbox!

Secure all doors and windows! 

Flush toilets after use!

Don't forget to set the burglar alarm!

 

 These signs do not welcome and give warm fuzzies, just the opposite.

 Are we intruding or bothering these sellers?

What uninviting signs have you seen in listed homes? 

What messages are you giving to the potential new owners?

 

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Comment balloon 19 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • July 26 2019 01:29AM

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Margaret, this is one of the primary reasons I only do showings by appointments. The list you provided becomes my responsibility once the buyers leave the house, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 3 months ago

I agree - those signs would make both the agents and the potential buyers feel like unwelcome intruders.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 3 months ago

Morning Margaret.

I've actually had some buyers not going into a home because of a sign.  Pity, it was a nice home and they were cash buyers.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) 3 months ago

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland when I was actively listing resale homes, before my focus was new construction, I would automatically take my shoes off at the front door.....it's a sign of respect and I secured several homes just because of that expression of appreciation of someone else's property.... 

after the properties were listed, I would provide booties for people to put over their shoes...just as those in the trades use when performing service at a home.....my plumber automatically puts them on when doing work at my house........ no inconvenience to buyers either.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland -  We saw this in a home when we were looking in Florida.  Coincidentally, it was the worst home.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

I agree, Margaret!  Those signs with demands at the front door, often quickly put folks in a state of anxiety that keeps them from feeling comfortable in the home.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 3 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Endre Barath, Jr. covered the bases well. Make the buyers feel at home and make sure it is with the least amount of inconvenience to the seller. Enjoy your day 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 3 months ago

I've recently written several posts about signs and how they make one feel - the good and the not-so-good. Words matter!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 3 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. We are on the same page. I make appointments and show my lisitngs.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Marte Cliff Good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

James Dray It is like walking into a warning or stop zone.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Barbara Todaro And I used to have an automatic shoe covering device like this..https://activerain.com/droplet/5kdS 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Grant Schneider You remembered the home with the "warning" signs.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Those signs can and do produce anxiety. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Wayne Martin You summed it up with this... 
"Make the buyers feel at home and make sure it is with the least amount of inconvenience to the seller."

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Lottie Kendall Going over to read about your signs.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Hi Margaret- that's worse than walking through a museum. That said, when we were looking at homes in Leesburg, one of the agents there had a lovely sign that asked us to remove our shoes because they had just refinished the floors for the new owner. A basket of booties sat next to the sign. That didn't bother me because it was done nicely. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 3 months ago

Kathy Streib  It was asked nicely and with an explanation. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 3 months ago

Thanks for sharing this on my question Margaret, will have to re think some of the advice from the answers to my question.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 2 months ago

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