Can a Seller tell us what we can or can't look at when seeing a home?

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Real Estate Agent with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

Picture this, tape lining where you can and can not walk. Plastic rolled out down hall ways, stairs and rooms with a narrow path. Tape on light switches so they can nor can not be turned on or off. Child gates blocking off some rooms with a sign "do not enter". A locked gate in the back yard. More Child gates keeping us off the deck.

 

My first though was much like the buyers who said, "They must really not want to sell." followed by, "What are these sellers thinking?"

 

To catch you up, the seller by using tape and plastic, only wanted buyers to walk on the stated path. Did not allow cabinets or closets to be opened. They were there on our heels for each step. This was a while back and at the end I thanked the seller for their time in showing the home. Always cordial and did not want to be rude although i scratched my head on what we just experienced. 

 

This was listed. They did have a listing agent. This home recently came off the market unsold. It really was not a surprise. What was a surprise is they called me. I was puzzled but before I could ask, they told me, "I was the only agent to be nice to them after the showing."

 

They invited me to the home and to go back through. It was just like a remembered it with all the tape, plastic and post its. After a long talk about the market, their homes value they asked point blank why their home did not sell. First, there last listing agent should have told them this. The agent did not do anyone any good letting the seller show their own home an dictate what can and can not be seen.

 

They were emotional so I took a soft approach telling them when a buyer wants to see a home, they want to look at everything. They want to open doors, cabinets and look around. Not too see what the seller has, but how their belongings will fit. My talk was quite long. The seller not really open to letting go of their privacy or their traffic control when buyers see the home.

 

It was hard to tell them, but straight up I can not sell the home with these constraints, The better option is having buyers take their shoes off and having the listing agent accompany showings to keep an eye on their home and things. I told them the seller should not be at showings. They are giving it some thought ad we will see how things work out.

 

 

The hard fact is this Buyer lost their home because they chose a buyer agent who did not do what the buyer wanted or needed. The lesson is that this is why a Buyer or Seller should not choose just any agent, choose the BEST agent for the job. My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other. and for some, a seat next to me for an hour in the future watching the sun and surf. It is the best way to boost energy and produce more.

  

 

 

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

  

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 30 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

 

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That makes it near impossible to sell Beth Atalay 

Jul 13, 2017 01:05 PM #8
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Scott Godzyk
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The seller definitely has to work with and be in sync with the listing agent Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® , not work against them

Jul 13, 2017 01:06 PM #9
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Writing stores about the easy sales is not very exciting Chris Ann Cleland, but 9 out of 10 times things go so smooth, no one bats an eye

Jul 13, 2017 01:07 PM #10
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Scott Godzyk
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Part of my approach is to indeed say what needs to be said and not what they want to hear. I can do it softly, but i do it Chris Ann Cleland 

Jul 13, 2017 01:08 PM #11
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Scott Godzyk
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They told me how others responded and it was not  kind iDoug Dawes. I keep it professional and kind as it is the only way to be. It is a tough spot and the seller needed to know what would make the sale possible and that much caution hurt their own sale

Jul 13, 2017 01:10 PM #12
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Scott - That's a pretty extreme version of something we occasionally see. We just did an inspection on a home, and the inspector had major items he couldn't take a look at - there were notes everywhere restricting what he could see. They didn't like our inspection report - we had to ask that they hire licensed contractors to provide reports on a bunch of stuff - but we may get it together yet. Good luck with yours - I hope they change their approach and list correctly with you.

Jul 13, 2017 01:18 PM #13
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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People have to understand a buyer wants to roam to see themselves in the house, not to see what the seller has. Hopefully they will see the light and they will call you and put everything into your hands so you can guide them to a closed sale.

Jul 13, 2017 01:43 PM #14
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Scott I've been in homes like this and buyers don't like it at all.  Especially if they're being followed by the seller.....geez.

Jul 13, 2017 02:36 PM #15
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Yes it was not very pleasant Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS and i really hoped to get through to them

Jul 13, 2017 03:09 PM #16
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They did not understand this Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 and just were not hearing it when told

Jul 13, 2017 03:10 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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We try to instruct sellers to make homes as inviting to buyers as possible.  The scenario you illustrate in this post certainly isn't that!

Jul 13, 2017 03:45 PM #18
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Hi Scott- it's a shame that these sellers lost so much time by making it so difficult for buyers to see their home. 

Jul 13, 2017 05:11 PM #19
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Marte Cliff
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What a huge waste of time for buyers and their agents! That's a listing that should have been cancelled by the agent the first time he or she became aware of what the sellers were doing.

Jul 13, 2017 08:56 PM #20
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Good morning Scott.  Hopefully they will call you back, and take to heart what you told them.

Jul 14, 2017 02:47 AM #21
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Roy Kelley
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This is a good story to share. Some home sellers are clueless.

Jul 14, 2017 03:18 AM #22
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Dan Derito
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This is a listing that needs to be cancelled. 

Jul 14, 2017 06:34 AM #23
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Scott... this was a great way to put it..."traffic control." I swear, everytime I think I've heard just about everything a story like this pops out of the woodwork. I probably would have asked those sellers how they'd like looking for a home under those conditions.... that would be a light bulb moment!

Jul 14, 2017 07:42 AM #24
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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Really Scott, I'm not surprised. We tried to show a luxury home to out-of-state buyers and when we arrived at the home, the seller told us we could not see the entire house. If our buyer was interested, then they could reschedule and see the upper level and basement. The listing agent NEVER told us this!

Jul 14, 2017 03:54 PM #25
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Now the sellers are in good hands with you on their side. I can't imagine their agent treating them that way and not doing their job right.

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Yes Scott, a great caring and tactful agent makes all the difference. Your buyers and sellers are very lucky to have a wonderful advocate who really cares.

Aug 12, 2017 03:05 PM #27
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