The High Road: Welcome mat is not for everyone

“Hey, Sophie, it’s Sunday.  Let’s check out some open houses.”

A proposal to warm a listing broker’s heart, but that’s not where the dialog ends among members of a family:

“But what shall we do with Kimberly, Jessica and Adam?  Mom and Dad have matinée tickets to see Newsies today.”

“Well, we’ll bring them along.  And, wait, doesn’t puppy need her meds at 1 again.  It would be bad to miss a dose, I think.”

“I’ll get her leash, and we’ll take care of that on the run.”

Of course, it often is desirable for both the parents’ and children’s mental health to have the whole family’s approval of a new home.

However, the thing is, they shouldn’t be herded into an open house for an initial visit.

I don’t have to tell you that kids can disperse like liquid mercury, potentially breaking residents’ toys, destroying careful staging, getting underfoot, possibly even endangering themselves and otherwise contributing to what already may be a chaotic situation.  Any strollers rolled into a property invariably inhibit easy passage by others and likely deposit at least germs from outside.

As for puppy, well, use your imagination.

The point is this: A house that is open is not just a home.  It is a place of business.

Buyers need to respect what sellers and brokers are trying to achieve at open houses.  Babysitting is not one of their goals.

Once the residence becomes a serious possibility, sure, make an appointment and take them along.

Tomorrow: Weekly Roundup

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Malcolm Carter
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

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