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Old 03-08-2018, 02:20 PM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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From experience it is near impossible for any agent to be a day care provider during an open house. Generally they are addressing questions by who you hope are serious interested parties. Sadly many people are not conscience of what there kids are doing. I'm impressed the mom even reprimanded her child. When our last home was on the market, our open house was during a very rainy day. When I returned home afterwards mud had been tracked through out my just cleaned floors. Wood and tile and yes , carpet! Was I happy? No! But I sucked it up and got my carpets cleaned again. Luckily the company I had used for the initial cleaning came back and spot cleaned the areas needing cleaning at a very reasonable rate. Anyone having an open house shouldn't expect their home to be left in the pristine condition they left it at. Consider it a bonus if you return home and it is.
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:26 AM
 
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if you go to sell your home, and you choose to NOT have any open houses as you believe that they will not have a net positive impact on selling your home - then tell the agent(s) that you interview that you do NOT want any Open Houses.
Is it reasonable to ask that no kids attend? Or is that like just inviting hate?
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Old 03-10-2018, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Is it reasonable to ask that no kids attend? Or is that like just inviting hate?
It is reasonable. It may be legal, too.
It also opens the agent up, wide open, to spurious Fair Housing complaints, and ain no one got time for that.
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Old 03-10-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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hopefully, a sign at the front door "please keep children with you at all times" would do the trick. My thoughts immediately went to someone concerned about discrimination as well.
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Default Bringing kids to an Open House can botch a buyer's chances

I just found this article, written after the last comments in this thread were made, which describes a very unpleasant experience for a seller:

"Apparently, the tween found touring our house a drag. And so, while her parents ostensibly talked about the yard or our built-in bookshelves, she sneaked upstairs to my closed-off home office. She then proceeded to turn on my laptop, rename, and rearrange a half-dozen work files, and ... try to log in to Netflix to watch a movie."

Here's the full article:

https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/c...buyer-chances/
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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I just found this article, written after the last comments in this thread were made, which describes a very unpleasant experience for a seller:

"Apparently, the tween found touring our house a drag. And so, while her parents ostensibly talked about the yard or our built-in bookshelves, she sneaked upstairs to my closed-off home office. She then proceeded to turn on my laptop, rename, and rearrange a half-dozen work files, and ... try to log in to Netflix to watch a movie."

Here's the full article:

https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/c...buyer-chances/
Ooooh thatís so not cool. And not even a particularly young child. My kids would rather sign their own death warrants than be found tinkering with ANYONEíS computer. The fact that the parents didnít demand their child issue an extensive, written apology is also appalling from a parenting perspective. Iím with the sellers, Iíd have seen red, too.

I disagree with much of the article in terms of undivided attention and such, but we also donít really use a buyerís agent for anything but the paperwork process and telling us the nuts and bolts disclosures on file, so having them help keep an eye on the kids while we walk around never presented an issue. That could be an individual variation, though. It also gets back to the presupposition that a family *can* get help and just is choosing not to, versus the reality that a young family in a new area, military move, you name it, just doesnít have those resources. But it did bring it back around to well behaved kids not being an issue.

The downer is the number of parents who think their kids are decent, when in actuality theyíre awful, and those are the families that need the message and wonít heed it. Sigh.
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Remember the part where your agent told you to remove anything you are particularly fond of.

Damage and theft will happen. It is part of selling a house. Your realtor should have told you that. If not, maybe get a different realtor.
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:43 AM
 
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Most who attend open houses seem to be curious neighbors. I don’t want a bunch of strangers wandering all through my house. No Open houses for me....
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