Have you ever heard this before . . ."Why are they selling?"

Real Estate Agent with Award Realty

Trilogy at Vistancia outdoor pool

One of the first questions a potential buyer asks is “Why are they selling?”

There are many answers to this question in the Adult, over 55 communities:

1.    We want a smaller house

2.     We want a bigger house

3.     We want to be on the Golf Course

4.     We want to be closer to the grandchildren

5.     Health reasons

These are all valid reasons for selling a home.  I do think the most important question you should ask is, “Is this home right for me?”

Clients often get caught up in the game of the “Deal” and lose sight of what is more important.  It does not matter if you get a house at a price you think is great if it does not meet your living criteria.  Everyone should make a list and stick to it.

Whether you are looking for a home in Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Corte Bella, Arizona Traditions or Trilogy at Vistancia contact us.  We will help you find the home that is perfect for you!

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We would love to be your Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Sun City Festival, Corte Bella, Arizona Traditions, Trilogy at Vistancia or Pebble Creek Realtor.


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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I never answer this question for a buyer's agent. If there is a disclosure, we'll make it. If it's a short sale, you'll know it....other than that, my seller's motivation is private. It could only damage the seller's ability to negotiate. 

Great post and good for you for knowing how to focus on the goals, not the sellers. 

Jun 03, 2012 02:15 AM #22
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Why are they selling?

Because they would rather have the money than the house?


Jun 03, 2012 02:43 AM #23
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

I actually do ask this question a lot, but I am looking to see where the sellers of homes are moving.  Are they moving out of state or downsizing or up sizing.

Jun 03, 2012 03:23 AM #24
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Pamela,  Scary to see so many buyers focusing on the deal and not on the fit !

Jun 03, 2012 04:25 AM #25
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

How similar in many situations...just get the best bang for your buck. We as well as potential buyers must remember to look at what's important, and not just the best sale!

Jun 03, 2012 04:34 AM #26
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Karen - It is strictly the Sellers personal information.

Candice - Sometimes I just want to say, "because they can!"

Bill and the McKinney's - It is not a great deal if you are constantly looking for the perfect house!

Jun 03, 2012 05:01 AM #27
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

I guess I'm in the minority. Again.  I don't have a problem asking or answering that question unless the seller has instructed me not to, or there a personal reason (like money or divorce) for selling.

Jun 03, 2012 06:32 AM #28
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Pamela - I love that photo.. it really conveys a lifestyle. We have all heard that question or the other one "Why so many homes for sale in the complex?  As if 10 properties in 200 unit complex is a lot..As Lloyd just wrote, if we know the reason and it isn't too personal.. then no reason to answer.,otherwise - I love CIndy's answer

Jun 03, 2012 07:05 AM #29
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I went through the comments because I felt that I had commented on a post like this before. As a buyer, it does help when writing an offer to assess motivation by the 'why', but is it really necessary?

Jun 03, 2012 08:18 AM #30
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Gay - Thank you for the comment

Melissa - I think people are conditioned to ask this, but I agree, is it necessary?

Jun 03, 2012 08:35 AM #31
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well the answer you're not gonna hear is: Because they want to dump this piece of crap. I tell buyers it's because the sellers have decided that now is the time to sell.

Jun 03, 2012 08:40 AM #32
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Elizabeth, you are killing me!!

Jun 03, 2012 08:45 AM #33
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Hi Pamela. Karen in comment #22 makes a good point. When buyers ask this question for any seller, they are trying to get an advantage while making an offer on the home. Most listing agents I know will not disclose why their sellers are selling. The most important question for the buyer is of course, If you like it or Not?

Jun 03, 2012 09:02 AM #34
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Jerry - I agree

Jun 03, 2012 09:44 AM #35
Anna Tolstoy
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Natick, MA

Pamela, I so agree with Elizabeth - some buyers are afraid there's something very wrong with the house, and they don't want to buy the dud :) Great topic!

Jun 03, 2012 09:45 AM #36
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

We get this all the time. My normal response is "the seller wishes to relocate." Don't they all?

Jun 03, 2012 10:00 AM #37
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand

Erica - So true!

Jun 03, 2012 10:08 AM #38
Diane McDermott
Realtor®, GRI, Landis e2 Real Estate, LLC - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Real Estate Market

Why are they selling? Because they're ready to move!  But seriously, it is a common buyer question and sometimes it's just curiousity. But as you said, why they're moving isn't going to change how well the house does or doesn't fit the buyers needs! 

Jun 04, 2012 06:55 AM #39
Pamela Smith
Award Realty - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West, Corte Bella, Sun City Grand


Thank you for the comment.

Jun 06, 2012 12:10 AM #40
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Hi Diane,

This is a question we get asked a lot.

I agree with comment # 38.

Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend!


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