Yikes. Have you ever heard of such a thing before? I have a friend who’s actually experienced that. To set the stage for you, picture the following:
It’s Open House Sunday, and you, the agent, are there with bells on! The house is packed with visitors, and you are doing your best, multitasking between handing out feature sheets, organizing people’s shoes at the entrance, asking meaningful questions to connect and engage your visitors, and … answering questions!
Then, awkwardness sets in. Your sellers show up and pretend not to really know you. Awkwardness increases. You hand them a feature sheet to 'play along' and avoid embarrassment. Then the unthinkable happens. Someone makes a derogatory comment about the choice of furnishings in the home. Awkwardness explodes as the sellers ….well, you can imagine the rest.
Here's the deal: If you'd prefer to be present during your Open House (sometimes, it's safety reasons, expensive equipment, musical instruments, etc.) I think that's totally fine. As my client, I would coach you in advance on the best positioning and how to answer any potential visitor questions to make sure it's a win-win.
The bottom line: One of the greatest advantages in selling your home with a professional is the power of third-party negotiation - if practiced skillfully and ethically.
As your REALTOR®, it is my goal and fiduciary duty to represent you in the most professional manner and help you negotiate the best possible deal - while protecting your property and your privacy in the most effective way.