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It would never occur to me to have a television on. 


Apr 13, 2022 08:02 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I once toured a home with a large screen tv playing a Disney movie. It looked and sounded good however what does it have to do with the home?

Apr 13, 2022 08:26 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

This seems more appropriate for a blog since it is interesting but I did not see a question.


Apr 13, 2022 08:02 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Well said.  Out here the "box brownies" tend to put a nature scene on the TV during the editing process.

I did once have a picture of the TV on in a listing.  It was the court room scene of "My Cousin Vinny" and was of Fred Guinn (Herman Munster) as the judge, during Marisa Tomei's best scene of the movie, if not her acting career.  It brought someone out to the open house who almost wrote on the home.


Scene here

Apr 13, 2022 08:45 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Andrew,
I agree on all counts. I did notice in your School Street video the news was on the TV. I wondered about that at the time.

Apr 13, 2022 08:16 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

Unless the Bears were in the Superbowl it would never even occur to me to have a large flatscreen on during a showing or openhouse.

I have, on occasion, used the flatscreen to access some 'music channel' to have soft music playing in the family room (ie: jazz, or some elevator muzak).  But otherwise, you're right.  The boob tube stays off.

Apr 13, 2022 08:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good advice.

Apr 13, 2022 08:00 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I would keep the news off for sure.  If I had a nice music channel, I might have it on for a little background musing. 

Apr 13, 2022 09:16 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Fox news on in one room, CNN on in the next.  Equality and CoExist bumper stickers on the cars in the parking lot, with a rainbow colored MAGA hat on the hat rack as you walk into the property.  John Lennon's "Imagine" playing in the background with Ron Paul "End the Fed" posters in the study.  


Keep em' guessing.

Apr 13, 2022 11:44 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I had a listing where the lady left "CNN" on all day long, on a big TV.  "Oh, I never turn that off".   Me:  "Well, you will start turning it off now, thank you!"

Other listing... some kind of weird new age / jazz music playing all the time.  Same story...."You like that music, great, but it is distracting people who are looking at the house.  Please turn it off when you go to work in the morning."

Apr 13, 2022 07:47 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

Neutral is best: no politics, news, religious, even music is subjective...

Apr 13, 2022 10:40 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Good advice.

Apr 13, 2022 09:58 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

I can't remember a time when we had the TV intentionally.   Our photographer may photo shop a bit and insert a golf course scene on the TV  or green up the grass a tad but that's about it.

Apr 13, 2022 09:47 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

I would tend to agree with you, and keeping the TV off. If I have to have something on, I will typically play some sort of lite instrumental music, nothing for potential buyers to stop and gawk at, or pay too much attention to while they are visiting.

I also agree with John Juarez, I'd make this a blog post, rather than a question.

Apr 14, 2022 07:19 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Leave it off and to the imagination of the viewer!

Apr 14, 2022 04:32 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

This is a blog post and a good one.

TV should not be on in general! I have mine on music channel usually . . . in a listing even that is risky. Not everyone likes spa jazz . . . LOL

Apr 14, 2022 07:53 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I've had clients leave instrumental music on but that's it. Even that is rare.

Apr 14, 2022 07:42 AM
Peter Mohylsky. BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

I watch the golf channel during open houses..  Just to stay busy ... in the old days. These days I am too busy.  

Apr 13, 2022 02:33 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

I do not have the TV on. Most of the time they can be complicated & I wouldn't want to mess it up for the seller.

Apr 13, 2022 01:46 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

There are few things uglier than that big black square.
The good news is ALL of us can fill that screen with a very curated message are information or entertainment or solutions.
I run the "FULL" version of the home tour.
Or a slide show of images of my choice.
Or, if the property is 'well seeded' have a video playing that articulates solutions available.
I would NEVER allow a situation where unknown messaging can occur.
And YES I would include decor and messaging that allows the seller to allow visitors to 'self-select.' If the owner suggests this is a great place to raise a family and they desire to 'pass it forward' I would not remove the family photos from the walls.

Apr 13, 2022 09:53 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

If the tv must be on- it should be on a music station- classical or a mellow jazz has not offended anyone...even if it's not the buyers style of music- I never had a buyer distracted by low music volume classical or jazz. Given that I live on the border of Sugar Hill where so many of the jazz legends have lived or visited- it's typically Jazz up here, while the Upper West Side tends to lean more toward classical music. 

May 02, 2022 12:07 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

TV's are here to stay so if you don't have controversial content playing you should be OK. A good documentary should suffice without too much heartache from the peanut gallery.  

Apr 14, 2022 07:45 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You want as little distraction to the buyer's eye as possible.

Apr 14, 2022 08:24 AM