Martin Kalisker, Professional Standards & Legal Assistant (Greater Boston Association of REALTORS)

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Utterly stupid and completely unprofessional.  And, broke...can't afford TiVo.

Jul 19, 2015 03:43 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Martin, that would be totally unprofessional and distracting. So no, I do not like that idea at all. Never.  Maybe a if it were an extreme Luxury Mansion with it's own Movie Theatre, to play something with the volume turned off, just for show would be different though.

Jul 20, 2015 06:42 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good Monday morning Martin.  Not much! I thought the whole purpose of doing the open house was to sell the property and generate leads.

Jul 19, 2015 07:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not too high, but then they will justify it by saying that the home viewers wanted to check on the game.

seldom a true statement.


Jul 19, 2015 04:56 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Keep the sound on mute. I think it's great. There are some buyers that might want a sport update.I could see that in my area. I don't think it's something the agent should be involved in, though. You are there to sell the house. 

Jul 19, 2015 02:09 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've actually had buyers come in and want to know "the score" of a game that was on.  I generally check on my computer for them, but the game on wouldn't bother me.  Ignoring guests... THAT would bother me.

Jul 19, 2015 02:03 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

The tv should be off.  When showing a home I may put on instrumental music (NEVER any words as that changes the atmosphere), if it is convenient.  The music is NOT a distraction, but can add to the ambience.

Jul 19, 2015 01:56 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Martin - I'm with Gabe on this one. If the agent wants to watch the game when the home is empty, I guess that is how they choose to spend their time. However, if someone enters the home, the TV better be turned off, and all attention better be placed on the people entering the home.

Jul 19, 2015 12:09 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It makes it look like they are not there for business. Now I do keep my computer on and may be checking out all kinds of things. I put it to screensaver when someone comes in.

Jul 19, 2015 11:27 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's horrible....totally unacceptable.... 

Jul 19, 2015 09:07 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is just sad, the reason for an open house is to attract new clients as well as a buyer for the home. The home should be the feature, not the TV

Jul 19, 2015 08:41 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

That's not working an open house, and a sad waste for the owners and listing agent. That agent would never make it onto my team.

Jul 19, 2015 04:56 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Very unprofessional, I agree that this sounds like someone you do not want to hire. The purpose of open houses is to get new clients, doesn't sound like he wants any.

Jul 19, 2015 04:28 AM
Virtual Realty Consultants
Virtual Realty Consultants LLC - Wellesley, MA
Making the American Dream a Reality

We have all heard of  incidents of teens holding "prescription parties", by going to open houses and stealing prescription drugs from the home.  This is a classic example of why the agent needs to be on the alert and not watching tv or otherwise being distracted.

Jul 19, 2015 04:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is unprofessional based on your description.  A

Jul 19, 2015 04:12 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less they have it on for the Husband or the Wife who is a big sports nut. I like to bring a cd that has ocean scene and sounds on it. soooooothing. but the game is ok if the agent isnt watching at all. but if they walk in and they think the guy HAS been watching..not good

Jul 19, 2015 04:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The TV should be muted or turned off as long as there are visitors in the house.

Jul 19, 2015 04:07 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't mind if they watch a game, Martin.  But not when customers are in the home.

Jul 19, 2015 03:58 AM