Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I happily take off my shoes if that is what is requested, and live in the land of the sandals and flip flops, I think it would work to have someone provide booties.

Sandaled feet are not necessarily the cleanest!  At the airport, when I think about it, I have tennis socks that are easy to slip on in my purse, if I remember to take them out.

In a Japanese home, one always takes of their shoes and is given socks, and we do the same in our yoga studio.  We take off our shoes prior to entering the room (no socks needed).  The people's problem has nothing to with your request, it has to do with the fact that they are the wrong people for the house in my opinion. A

Apr 19, 2015 08:59 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

We don't get much rain or have mud so normally shoes are ok in homes.  If we are notified to remove we do so.

Apr 20, 2015 12:00 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Yes...more often than not our sellers have cleaned carpets....bootie baskets, a polite sign and mat to put them bet !

Apr 19, 2015 10:21 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson for religious reasons, my clients do not want the buyers to wear shoes in their homes when they are listed. And I do provide booties.

Apr 19, 2015 01:25 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I do not require it but if it was a messy day I wold have booties there and ask if they would use them.

Apr 19, 2015 11:55 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

yes and yes.

Apr 19, 2015 11:52 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

In some cases...yes I do, but not in all cases. 

Apr 19, 2015 11:30 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

During rain and snow days, I request buyers to remove shoes (or wear shoe covers) whether they are doing a showing or at an open house.

Apr 19, 2015 10:37 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I don't normally take my shoes off or ask that of my buyers UNLESS there is a sign in place...and/or booties present. If so, I will certainly ask my buyers to abide by the homeowner's request.

Apr 19, 2015 08:42 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Paul S. Henderson Very few remove their shoes. We do provide booties and even then few use them. Fortunately, it has been so dry and hot, there is very little tracked into the homes.

Apr 20, 2015 12:10 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I do see folks with booties on high and properties  or if there is light colored carpet.

Apr 19, 2015 10:06 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Interestingly, I've not had clients refuse to take shoes off when requested. But at an open house, better to provide booties just in case.

Apr 19, 2015 09:43 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I believe agents should provide booties if they require buyers to remove shoes. I do so.

Apr 19, 2015 09:42 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Paul no and no.. Haven't had to cross that path yet

Apr 19, 2015 08:51 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. When we have an open house for the homes we flip, shoes must come off, I have mine off, so folks get the idea very quickly.

Make it a great week!

Apr 19, 2015 08:23 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I dislike that so much. I find it hard to take my shoes off in many cases and then I am hopping around the foyer trying to pull of my boots.

Apr 19, 2015 12:32 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, I do not do either. If the house warrants no shoes I will leave mine at the door and people will follow suite.

Apr 19, 2015 12:31 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes, and yes..... in my own home, everyone who enters will take their shoes children do the same....that's how they were brought's disrespectful to enter someone's home with shoes on....I always had socks on.... I actually remember in my early years in this business, one of my first listings was because I was the only agent who removed her shoes in the entry way.... it's respectful.

Apr 20, 2015 12:54 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not unless the seller insists.

Oct 12, 2018 05:42 AM
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

I do put a sign out to please remove shoes especially if the home is all hardwoods. 

#1 not all ladies shoes are in good shape and can dent the hardwoods.

#2 if it is wet and/or muddy out ~ some people need a reminder to remove shoes. 

Aug 07, 2016 09:47 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

In Hawaii the norm is to remove your shoes when entering any house, including your own home. I provide booties when I know it's important (freshly cleaned light carpeting, newly finished wood floors, etc.).

Apr 20, 2015 10:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Paul -- I take off my shoes in my own home -- but I don't wear booties.

Depending on the sellers' requests some ask that no shoes be worn in the house -- when that is the case, booties are required.

I am personally not a fan of booties as there have been some issues with how slippery they can be.

And one thing I have learned after years in real estate -- loafers are my shoes of choice.  

Apr 20, 2015 01:44 AM