The Crazy Lady Who Wouldn't Leave. Vancouver WA Real Estate

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Timely chronicle for sellers on how not to behave when buyers come to tour your listing.

Original content by Mark Hall

Vancouver WA Real Estate

The Crazy Lady Who Wouldn't Leave. Vancouver WA Real Estate

At the doorstep I gave my customary door knock and courtesy ring. It is a habit that I picked up during my first weeks as a realtor®. I always knock and ring the doorbell before I unlock the door. Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to use the key because the seller opened the door and invited us in!

"Have you shown this house before?" she asked.

"Uh... No." I answered.

"Then you won't mind if I show you around." she said as she ushered us through the door and started her tour. She proceeded to take us through the cluttered house at a pace that would make snails looks like track stars. "This is the bedroom...this is another bedroom... this is the kitchen...this is..."

My clients peeked into a bathroom during her explanation of the second bedroom and were swiftly reprimanded for moving too quickly and asked to "pay attention."

My clients were annoyed and they completely checked out. There wasn't anything that anybody could have said that would have convinced them to consider buying that house. During the remaining home tours, they kept referring to it as the "Crazy Lady's House."

The sad part is that the home would have been perfect for them. The right size and layout. The right neighborhood and school district. The yard that they dreamed of. The problem is that they just can't get past the fact that it was the "Crazy Lady's House."

With that said, let me share a few thoughts with the sellers out there:

1. Most good realtors have toured thousands of homes in their careers.

2. You don't need to show them where the kitchen is, or point out the great room, or let them know that the bonus room could be used as an office, or a bedroom, or a den, or a... well you get the picture.

3. You make the buyer VERY uncomfortable and your presence will probably cause them to cross your home off of their list.

4. Listen to your agent when they talk to you about pricing, when they make suggestions about staging and de-cluttering your home, when they tell you how to successfully sell your home, and when they tell you to leave during buyer visits. You hired them for a reason. Take advantage of their expertise.

5. You don't want to be known as the owner of the "Crazy Person's House!" That would mean that the crazy person is you!

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George Souto
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Esko, it is never a good idea to have the Seller around when showing a house, and it is even a worse idea to have the Seller around during the Home Inspection.

Nov 20, 2009 11:43 AM #1
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George,

This lady obviously is one of those nightmare sellers.

Nov 21, 2009 01:05 PM #2
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Seriously Esko, consider this a lucky reminder that you do the loan end.  Showings can get out of control!

Dec 01, 2009 05:33 AM #4
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Renee,

I read you. Believe me, I've heard some bizarre stories, similar to this one.

Dec 01, 2009 08:02 AM #5
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