7 responses to sellers who want to attend their own open house

Ideas for handling the conversation, and when to let it go
  • A seller's presence at an open house can make buyers feel uncomfortable, some agents say.
  • Sellers may want to tell their home's story. Listing agents can help them do so without them having to attend this marketing event.
  • Pick your battles.

Like the helicopter parents who want to chaperone a teenage party, helicopter sellers attending their own open house can be a real buzzkill. But telling your clients the truth in such harsh terms, if they want to be there, risks backlash and unprofessionalism.