Usually, there's no harm done. But you might encounter the former seller's cousin Steve, who tells the listing agent about how the current sellers did a horrible job on their backyard makeover. Even worse, you might get a relative who starts crying on the listing agent's shoulder about her grandmother, a previous owner, who recently died.
A good listing agent will let any and all of this roll off their shoulders, keep a professional game face on, and keep their eye on the ball. They solicit feedback from buyers and make notes of their comments, reactions and questions.
If you're attending an open house with no intentions of buying, keep it to yourself. Be as subtle and unobtrusive as possible and don't waste the listing agent's time - unless you have some helpful feedback for the agent or seller.
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Brendon DeSimone is a Realtor & HGTV real estate expert. He has collaborated on multiple real estate books and his expert advice is regularly sought out by print, online and television media outlets like FOX News, CNBC and Forbes. An avid investor, Brendon owns real estate around the US and abroad and is licensed to sell in two states. You can find Brendon online or follow him on Twitter.
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