Selling Your Home "IS" Stressful!

Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Seller AnxietySelling Your Home "iS" Stressful!  May be the biggest understatement ever made.  

The facts are, it is stressful but that is because of the process of selling.  It requires both strategy and commitment to sell your home.

Career professionals can help you reduce the stress of selling but can not eliminate the stressful situations created within the selling process.

One of the ways real estate professionals help you is outlining the selling process so you know what to expect and when.

First sellers have to decide how they are going to sell, on their own of with a real estate professional.  If you use a real estate professional it is a mutual goal relationship.  Mean you and your real estate agent work to sell your home.  If you decide to sell on you own it is you and only you.  So how much stress is created by selling is your choice as a seller.

Some of the stress related issues that real estate professionals can not change are:

  • Preparing your home for sale Inside and out.
  • Pricing your home.  You have the final choice for your homes sell price.  Agents give you pricing advice and it is  only advice.  You can take it or set another price based on your pricing knowledge.  That also means you shouldn't be using the agent you selected because you have already show you do not trust their knowledge.
  • Making your home ready for showing appointments.
  • Analysizing offers.  Agents can help you with reviewing buyer offers however it is your final decision to accept or reject.  It is your home, your decision.
These are only some of the stresses, then add:
  • Moving
  • Home selection to replace the home you just sold and yes home selling is stressful and full of anticipation, adventure and a new beginning with a lifestyle change that you purposely do to improve your life.
So when you decide to sell, know you will have some stress issues. The stress issues that can be controlled to reduce your Getting the Most for your Home without Maximizing Stress.anxiety is a matter of planning.  Stresses that can not be changed can be minimized by understanding what they are and when you can expect them to happen.  Selling should make a difference in your life and lifestyle by meeting your life goals.
Happy Selling!

 Gary L. White, Associate Broker


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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

No matter how many times one has gone through the process, the stresses remain.  A good real estate professional can reduce a big part of the stress!

Sep 14, 2011 01:01 AM #12
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I agree with this! Stress Reduction and good planning plus realistic expectations go and in hand.
Sep 14, 2011 01:41 AM #13
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


The better the plan, the more it helps reduce stress.  Like any good team, you can have good results working together. 

All the bets, Michelle

Sep 14, 2011 01:57 AM #14
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Gary, educating sellers with what to expect can help relieve a lot of stress. Good Post!

Sep 14, 2011 02:19 AM #15
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have systems in place that allow for production results. When I take a listing, I have several things that go into play and within a day or two, we are out there full blast making things happen...Then, just answering my phone seals the deal after-wards...Systems work, experience works and people who know this do well...No learning curve on things this important. Get it done professionally

Sep 14, 2011 03:39 AM #16
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Very True, Gary!  Stress is a necessary by-product of any sale. Being a partner with your client makes the stress level MUCH lower.


Sep 14, 2011 04:55 AM #17
David Selman
Selman Home Inspections, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Certified Master Home Inspector

Nice Post Gary! As a home inspector, I know what the results of a buyers home inspection can do to a deal. But, if sellers would consider hiring a home inspector who does "Move In Certified" Seller Home Inspections, then, by fixing many of the items on the list, the seller has much less risk of a buyers inspection killing the deal. I would love to see this turn around and see more sellers protect themselves with a seller's inspection.

Sep 14, 2011 04:55 AM #18
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro

Selling as well as buying are stressful because so many things can end up being out of your control. A good plan certainly helps, but addressing new information thoroughly and promptly as it arises is key and understanding that even the best plan has to be prepared for flexibility to deal with the unknowns is also important. It's great when you can partner with your seller or buyer and go through the process with the same expectations of what it'll take to keep the stress to a minimum.

Sep 14, 2011 05:19 AM #19
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX


Great post and great points about being stressed when selling. There are some that we cannot control but there are thing that we can control.

Sep 14, 2011 07:42 AM #20
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Selling your home is stressful!  I think it is on the list of heart attack indicators.  If it isn't it should be.

Sep 14, 2011 08:09 AM #21
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

stressful for sure, they stress about the amount of showings, the offer that came in, the offer thats undercontract, where they are going to move to, when to move, when to pack and like your list shows above it never ends the whole process is a rollercoaster. thank you for the great post.

Sep 14, 2011 09:17 AM #22
David Becker
Boutique Realty - Woodland Hills, CA

The fact that the llisting agreement is so many pages in and of itself...starts the stress!!

Sep 14, 2011 10:32 AM #23
Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

Good post, Gary and so right on the spot.  Trust everything is going well in Grand Rapids.

Sep 14, 2011 11:04 AM #24
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Gary, great post and very much to the point.

Sep 14, 2011 01:33 PM #25
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Stress stress stress all around. Sellers these days are really pressured.

Sep 14, 2011 01:37 PM #26
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Gary - Selling a home is stressful, and you are right. There are ways to reduce it, and having a professional can be a big help.

Sep 14, 2011 01:38 PM #27
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

Gary so true. This is why pricing a home right for a quick sale is so important!

Sep 14, 2011 05:34 PM #28
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes is what it is. Stressful or not we'll all live through it.  GOll with the punches and get the house sold.


Patricia Aulson/ SEacoast NH & ME

Sep 15, 2011 01:16 AM #29
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Preparation is the key to alleviating stress, without a doubt.

Sep 15, 2011 03:35 AM #30
David Harper
Florida Management and Consulting Group Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Homes For Rent

Great post Gary. Communication is so important between all parties involved.

Sep 22, 2011 06:59 AM #31
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