Sellers, take a hike during showings

While meeting buyers in person can have positive impact, many say it impedes process

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"But the seller should never sit around or stand around," the Windermere agent said. "I like it when the seller greets the buyer at the front door for introductions and offers to answer questions. I suggest to the seller that they say, 'You caught me just walking out the door for my walk or to run to the store."'

The Windermere agent said there are sellers who constantly hover, pointing out inane things like lazy susan drawers in the kitchen.

"Buyers know right away whether they like a house, and showing someone how nice the hinges are won't make them buy the house," she said. "Later, we get a call from the seller saying, 'Oh you should have shown them my work bench.'"

"Buying a house is so personal. People like to be alone."

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