Local Parade of Homes

This weekend I had an opportunity to view local homes that were placed on the Reston Home Tour here in Virginia, by their owners. The homes were lovely and my husband and I really enjoyed the opportunity to see them. 

It was a little awkward, however, when at two of the homes the owners were present at the property.  I felt, just like I do when I hold an open house, that the owners should have left the homes. The first time it happened I was a little uncomfortable when I realized that one of the "docents" was really the owner.  I had to mentally review my previous  comments to my husband  about the property...I am pretty sure I had only been complimentary, but people need to realize that not everyone shares their vision (and taste).  Of the two homes where the owners were present, one property had the owners serving as docents (sort of undercover) and at the other, they immediately introduced themselves (and in fairness to them, we slipped in just before the event ended). My preference was for the home where they introduced themselves; at least at that home I knew to expect them! 

It is likely that most of us don't have homes that warrant being displayed in this fashion, but if you choose to participate in this type of event, I would recommend leaving the property. Trust those folks who are in charge, and those of us who have paid for the privilege of seeing your home, to take care of it and treat it respectfully.  I would say the same for a real estate open house--and I do!

By the way, congratulations to the members of the Reston Historic Trust who sponsored this event.  You all did a wonderful job!


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Comment balloon 3 commentsHolly Weatherwax • October 15 2007 09:20AM


Hi Holly,

Everyone should know their inventory and touring accomplish that. Good Luck!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) over 11 years ago

While I do believe that people should make you aware of the fact that they are the homeowner, I certainly wouldn't be uncomfortable with their being at the home.  This isn't an open house.  You aren't purchasing the home.  If they can't handle someone else's opinion of their home, then shouldn't be there. I have been to many of these events and I find it educational when the homeowner is present...especially in historic homes.  How and why they did things is fascinating.  Typically, the people who might be uncomfortable with having their style on display, won't participate.

I have shown and sold the same model home as the one I live in...our home is highly customized from the builders model.  I always explain to clients what we did and why we did it.  It's understood that people have different tastes and personal styles.  That is why paint comes in so many colors!




Posted by Matt Crow, www.mattcrow.com 630-728-6051 (Huntley Realty) over 11 years ago
You know, I think you are right.  It would be nice to discuss the house with the owners...maybe the problem was that they wore the same volunteer badges as everyone else. If they had been identified as the owners, it would have been very helpful since questions could then be directed to them.
Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 11 years ago

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