Under the Cloak of Darkness

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional TN Broker: 208698

Keeping the Neighbors in the Dark for Now

DarknessSome sellers don't want the neighbors to know they are thinking about selling. I can understand this especially if the neighbors have been close friends and moving might be upsetting to them. Other times, they just don't want their business known too early and before teh final decisions are made. Some people are very private people. 

I got a call from a prospective seller that was referred to me. She explained she will be moving later this year and would like to talk about the selling process. It has been many years since she and her husband made their last move. I commended her on getting an early start so the property could be show-ready when the time comes to put it on the market. Of course when it's time to go on the market, the neighbors will see the signs and that is when all their questions will start.

 

This will not be an easy move for her since she will downsizing and has so many possessions. Therefore I suspect she wants a lot of those decisions resolved before the neighbors put in their two cents worth.

When the time came to set the appointment the seller asked if I had a car wrap. When I answered no she asked if I have car signs identifying myself as a real estate agent and again I answered no. This was the answer she wanted to hear as she didn't want to let her neighbors see she was talking with a Realtor®. If I had any of those things I would need to come after dark or remove them. It felt very clandestine but I totally understood. She wants her privacy protected.

I choose to not have identifying marks on my car but if you look inside you will likely see a for sale sign, MLS sheets and other tools of the trade. It just isn't my style to have my car painted up indicating that I am an agent. I know there are agents that get lots of business by telling the world they are in real estate. It is a personal choice.

When I am talking with someone, I try to accommodate their requests. I know it is especially hard for those that are older to give up their homes of many years and their neighbors and neighborhoods. It is part of my job to make the transition as easy as possible. If it relieves stress by me coming to look at the home at night and not looking like a Realtor® I am glad to do it. I am all about serving the needs of my future clients.

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Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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We have an appointment with a potential seller this week, and she asked us to dress very casual as she didn't want her nosy neighbors talking...

Mar 20, 2017 04:33 AM #12
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Very interesting that this seller was very sensitive to the loss of privacy and addressed car wrapping and auto signage. You hit the right buttons with this one!

Mar 20, 2017 05:59 AM #13
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Joe Pryor
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Speaking of car wraps I don't even allow bumper stickers on my car. I think your wqork should speak for itself and I am sure yours does.

Mar 20, 2017 06:12 AM #14
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This is a good story to share. For most, the results may be better when the neighbors know that a home will be available. 

Mar 20, 2017 09:59 AM #15
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Hi Debbie - I can see why your couple might want to keep it quiet. Sometimes neighbors like to interject their thoughts. I would rather be focused with my professional. 

Mar 20, 2017 10:07 AM #16
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Hi Debbie - We have had similar requests from time to time, and they're easy to understand and accommodate. And we share your feelings about car signage.

Mar 20, 2017 01:39 PM #17
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Many people want the decision to be theirs without the interference of well meaning friends and neighbors.  If it were a all I took, and II had marketing on my car, which I don't, I would have borrowed my wife's car, even though it would have meant returning it with a full tank of gas, and freshly washed and vacuumed as well.

Mar 20, 2017 02:31 PM #18
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Hi Debbie.  I've had some similar situations and, like you, my car is not identifiable as belonging to a Realtor.

Mar 21, 2017 04:56 AM #19
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Great Post Debbie!

Mar 21, 2017 12:44 PM #20
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Hi Gabe Sanders, I just think she wants to have no pressure from her neighbors.

Mar 21, 2017 07:02 PM #21
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Thanks so much Lee Potts.

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Oh you are sucha a good husband, Ed Silva. She is lucky to have such a considerate man.

Mar 21, 2017 07:03 PM #23
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I had car magnets years ago and was afraid they would scratch my car. I was never comfortable. Thanks Dick Greenberg.

Mar 21, 2017 07:04 PM #24
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Hi Shahar Hillel, I don't want my neighbors know what I am doing either.

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Hi George Souto, It is looking good for the listing. What a delightful lady.

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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten, the meeting went extremely well. She is ready to be a very cooperative client.

Mar 21, 2017 07:07 PM #27
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat. That sounds difficult to do but if anyone can, you can.

Mar 21, 2017 07:08 PM #28
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I should have thought of that. She told me she saw the neighbor being visited by a Realtor. Maybe she wants to get a jump, Susan Haughton.

Mar 21, 2017 07:10 PM #29
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No announcements on my car needed, Kathleen Daniels. I don't even want a license plate.

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The appointment turned out well. The seller is going to move forward soon.

Mar 24, 2017 09:31 PM #31
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