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Even if the move is for positive reasons and the homeowners have nothing but happy memories, Ms. Scanlon said it’s still best to be reserved during showings and inspections.

“We all have a lot of history in our homes, but save the warm, fuzzy stuff about the karma of the house until settlement,” she said. “Then it’s fine to say things like: ‘We raised our children here’ or ‘Wait until you meet the neighbors — they have children the same age as yours. Those types of conversations are best once the house is under contract.”