South West Florida Real Estate News-North Port-Port Charlotte-Venice-Englewood-Punta Gorda



This weekend I got a call from an agent in Miami who was showing property in North Port. He was standing in front of my listing when he called because he did not have a lockbox key that worked in this area. Since I had another showing on that listing at 5 p.m., I was able to delay that showing until 6 p.m.  

The Miami agent arrived with two more carloads of people to view the house. Unfortunately, the owners did not receive my second message for a showing and were at home.  

What really embarrassed me was to have 8 or 9 people poking around the house, and at least 4 of them stopped to use the bathroom. I was amazed that anyone would just use the facilities as if it were public---no asking permission of the owners or me! I thought this was very inconsiderate, but what was I to do? Even with a small child, I think it's polite to ask to use the bathroom.  

Is it common in other cultures to use the bathroom in a stranger's home without asking? My sellers were very understanding, but I felt it was entirely inappropriate.  

Unless it is an emergency, most buyers never even ask to use the facilities, even in a vacant house.  

How can you tactfully let buyers know that this behavior shows a lack of respect for other people's homes?

Comment balloon 2 commentsShannon Moore • August 28 2006 08:46PM


hahahha I don't know what to say to you, but how did their realtor acted when they all started to use the bathroom without even asking, did he even apologized to you?

Posted by Taiane de Gregorio (Sunvest Communities USA) over 13 years ago
When in Rome, this is what we deal with all the time...
Posted by Erika Cannet (Optimar International Realty) over 13 years ago