When listing a property, I speak with my sellers about whether all showings will be accompanied by myself or not (as listing agent). The buyers always come with their agent, but is it always necessary for the listing agent to be present?
I feel that, in some cases, no, and in other cases, yes...I don't feel it's always in the seller's best interest if their listing agent is one who hovers over the buyers at a showing. I've received comments from buyers that they would prefer to view a house without the listing agent around, that it's more comfortable and they can relax as they look. Oftentimes there is nothing a listing agent can do or say to make a buyer want to buy a property, and at times, there are things the listing agent shares that they can actually be liable for, such as the comment that the basement is dry... If a buyer takes their word for it, buys the house and the basement ends up moist or wet the next season, who's liable?
I think requiring accompanied showings can sometimes be a detriment to the seller, though not it all cases, and so take this as a general statement. Most of my showings are unaccompanied. I don't want my schedule to hold up a potential buyer's ability to view a property, and what about when agents have several listings, he or she may not be able to attend all showings at once.
Are accompanied showings common practice in other areas of the country, and what is your experience with them? As a seller, what do you see as benefits and detriments to this arrangement? At least there is one fact, homes have been selling either way.