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Can I bring my family and friends along when looking at homes to buy?

I also notice that while a Buyer may bring a guest on round  one, they get the picture by round two and scoot out the door  to the appointment with you by themselves and very focused. I think not much even needs to be said. They simply want the focus and not the distractions.

Home buying with less distraction

There is no law against bringing friends and family along when you are trying to buy a house.  But is it theQuestion Mark wise thing to do?

Based on my observations, it is not the best way to approach your home purchase.

Buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will make.  There are many other decisions you have to make where you wouldn't directly bring along friends and family and the home buying process should be one of them.

I can understand why a parent might want to come along; the parental instinct to make sure you are making the right choice and sometimes, the parent is making a substantial financial contribution and desires to be a part of the process.

When buying a home the less distractions you have, the better decision you will make.

What happens when you bring too many people along?

  • The agent will not have your undivided attention and thus will miss opportunities to give you the best guidance
  • Friends and Family members are all giving their opinions which may conflict at times.
  • There are too many people for the agent to keep track of.
  • The homeowner will probably not be pleased that so many people came on the showing appointment, so, this should be disclosed upfront.
  • With so many opinions it will take you much longer to make a decision.

The showing appointment should be a time you and your agents use to further refine your home search if necessary.

I am not saying that you can't have a parent come along but five or more people on a showing appointment  is distracting for the buyer and for the agent who has to keep track of everyone.


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Comment balloon 1 commentCheryl Ritchie • January 06 2013 04:09PM


I am not a fan of this at all. Most often it creates way too many distractions for all.
Posted by Paula McDonald, Ph.D., Granbury, TX 936-203-0279 (Beam & Branch Realty) over 7 years ago