Common sense tells us that a prospective buyer, touring a property, does not need someone breathing down his neck. Buyers want the freedom to take in a space, open closet doors and visualize themselves living in the home.
Common sense tells us that when there is a viewing appointment scheduled, it's best for the homeowners to make themselves scarce. Agents will often instruct them to "go out for a little ride" or "take a walk around the block."
Common sense also dictates that if it suddenly starts to rain or there are other adverse weather conditions, all heretofore agreed upon instructions can easily be abandoned.
Common sense tells us the inhabitants are still the home owners and, as such, rightfully deserve our consideration and a show of respect.
As my buyers and I arrived at the house, it suddenly started to pour. The elderly homeowners, who walked slowly and (seemingly) with some measure of pain reached for an umbrella and headed for the door.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
"We promised our agent," they replied.
"Stay here. No one needs to know," I countered.
They sat in the den, didn't bother anyone, but were on hand to answer some questions at the end.
My buyers purchased the home and have been very happy with their decision.