Susan Laxson CRS, Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL (Palm Properties)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

In my own home, shoes are not worn.   Sometimes no pants either but that may be considered too much information.

Apr 18, 2016 01:29 AM
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

We do not remove our shoes in our household. In fact, my hubby and our housemate both usually put them on every morning even if planning to stay home all day. I would, however, do my best to respect a seller's preferences when showing a home, or bring & use shoe booties, and request that my clients do the same.

As for the all the detox stuff? I'm a believer in the "get used to the germs etc." philosophy vs. the "hide from everything then get sick when you walk out of your house" viewpoint. 

Apr 17, 2016 11:59 PM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

A laptop keyboard or mouse is probably as germ-laden as the bottom of a pair of shoes.

Apr 17, 2016 11:57 PM
Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

We remove our shoes at the front door. We have done this since before any studies came out. We also require that of our guests :-). 

Apr 17, 2016 11:45 PM
Suzanne Rumsey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Rumsey Home Team (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)

In our house, shoes off at the front door.  When viewing a home, shoes off except if it looks dirty or for investment/rehab properties.  For our listings, we ask buyers to remove shoes or use the shoe covers we provide.  We had a open house once with very large turnout.  At one point there were over 30 pairs of shoes lined up in the foyer.  

Apr 17, 2016 11:23 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Susan Laxson We lived in Japan a few years back so we got into the habit of leaving shoes at the front door.

Apr 17, 2016 11:15 PM
Joyce Marie Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Ormond Beach, FL
Luxury & Ocean Homes in Central Florida

I read this article too and these are all great suggestions. Many I will try to incorporate into my lifestyle. Thanks for sharing Susan!

Apr 18, 2016 01:04 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

If asked

Apr 18, 2016 12:23 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Shoes at the door - I don't like wearing them. Eric Kodner raised a good point. And perhaps our phones?

Apr 18, 2016 12:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Too much is too much! I love being bare footed, but requiring people to take off their shoes is a bit much!

Apr 17, 2016 11:05 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Remove my shoes! Not in this lifetime.

Apr 17, 2016 10:58 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Oops, missed reading Parade yesterday.  Thanks Susan Laxson 

The grandkids take shoes off as they enter.  Their parents keep a big basket for shoes, slippers and socks by front door

Apr 17, 2016 10:50 PM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

No outdoor shoes inside the house has become common practice over the last 20 years I've been going in and out of other people's houses.  It used to be mostly just Asians or Asian-Americans, but no more.  In my own house, I leave shoes at the door.

Apr 17, 2016 10:49 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Shoes unless a rehab are off at the door!

The vinegar one does work and as I do not live in a picture perfect world ptobably not too many more of what they suggest.

Apr 17, 2016 10:37 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I generally leave my shoes on. I never thought about spreading germs, mostly I think about the carpeting.

Oct 01, 2016 06:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, all this, well we do take our shoes off at the front door.


Apr 21, 2016 01:41 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Susan Laxson - in Indian culture, we follow leaving the shoes outside the home - and  for many listings, I insist of leaving the shoes outside for showings.

Apr 20, 2016 12:25 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Susan, sounds like I need to pick up an issue soon!  

Apr 20, 2016 09:16 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I take my shoes off in my own home.  I'm not taking them off in anyone elses home 

Apr 18, 2016 01:27 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

My shoes stay on almost always.  Often the floors look a lot dirtier than the soles of my shoes.

Apr 18, 2016 12:43 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

There's some pretty good answers here. I had to scroll to see what others do. I go from shoes to my slippers when I come home at night. I have an entire comfy clothes routine. 

Apr 18, 2016 12:22 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I don't leave my shoes at the door, I have been told not to walk barefoot by my podiatrist.

Apr 18, 2016 11:46 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

We always leave the shoes at the door unless I can see the floor is dirty.  but I think that sweaty feet would spread more germs

Apr 18, 2016 11:27 AM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

It probably does help.  Another benefit is that your floors will last longer.

Apr 18, 2016 09:59 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

There are probably more germs on most feet than on shoes.

Apr 18, 2016 06:13 AM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

We use to remove shoes when entering our home.  I have shoes on as little as possible! If it's muddy or wet the buyer and I will leave our shoes at the door. If requested we will also.  

Apr 18, 2016 04:50 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Interesting.  Does the vinegar get rid of calcium/lime/rust?

As to the shoes, lysol & Dr. Sholes work wonders too.  I don't remove my shoes until I'm walking into the shower or I'm going to be off my feet for a while (TV, sleeping).  My podiatrist said the worst thing you can do is go barefoot.

Apr 18, 2016 03:20 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I do avoid the heavy duty chemical cleaners, but the rest of that sounds a bit silly, unless you have been walking through something toxic.

Apr 18, 2016 02:08 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

On many occasions we do; it depends on the home, signs left for visiting agents, etc.

Apr 18, 2016 01:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I never wear "outdoor" shoes in my home. I have flip flops and slippers that are only worn inside.  I remove my shoes when I enter a home. 

Apr 18, 2016 12:49 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Funny enough, we always take our shoes off at home.  I like the practice.  A

Apr 18, 2016 12:47 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

We are WAYYY too paranoid about germs. I am married to my carpet/floor steam cleaner and go through gallons of white vinegar for cleaning. Filters on all showers and most water sources (hard water is more a concern) and my garden shoes are at the door. But no shoe removal is otherwise required. Luna would kinda negate that anyway . . .

Apr 18, 2016 12:44 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's common practice to remove shoes in many places ( Seattle is one). We just go by : if shoes are dirty or muddy take them off, if they are clean leave them on. We clean a lot with white vinegar and water. I'm working with some Hindu's, and when i meet with them, it's normal to remove shoes and sit on floor.

Apr 18, 2016 12:43 AM
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I don't like people to wear shoes in my house.  God only knows what they are stepping in.

Apr 18, 2016 12:33 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It has been reproted that several diffrent types of germs live on via the shoes

Apr 17, 2016 11:51 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I don't do the shoe thing but I do try to keep it as germ free as possible.

Apr 17, 2016 11:47 PM