Do You Really Want to Sell Your Home? Really?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE# 01437147

I just had an agent call me back four hours later (20 min before viewing appt request) to let me know that the seller is out of town and he doesn't like strangers in his home for sale here in Lodi, CA while not there.  I asked the agent, "don't you have a key so you can let us in?"  She said that the seller won't allow a lockbox on the property, nor allow her to have a key either.  (I wonder if this is why they've had to recently lower their listing price considerably???)

To top it off, when potential buyers come through the home, the seller wants to be present and actually walk you through the home.  Are you kidding me?  Why even put the home on the market then?  Why even use an agent?  If ever there was a need to FSBO, I'm thinking this would be it.

I don't even want to take my client through the home now.  And I really don't want to enter into a contract with a seller like this.  In my opinion it's a nightmare waiting to happen.

Seller won't sign on time.  Seller won't fix the leaking faucet. Seller won't...  Sorry, but there are actually sellers out there that want and/or need to sell their home, and do their best to be accommodating.

Bottom line, If you want to sell your home, then make your home available and don't lead or follow potential buyers around when they're viewing your home.  A buyer doesn't want to express their dislikes about the wall colors, the kitchen counters, the closet size, etc. right in front of the seller.  Not to mention the awkward feeling of looking in cabinets and closets. 


Comments (6)

Joyce Herr
Prudential Lancaster Real Estate - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County & Beyond

It's funny to think that the seller looks serious to buyers about selling his/her home.

Feb 13, 2011 10:36 AM
Randy Elliott
RE/MAX Gold - Lodi, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

Exactly, Joyce.  My buyer's hesitant and hasn't even seen the home yet.

Feb 13, 2011 10:43 AM
Donna Yates
BHGRE - Metro Brokers - Blue Ridge, GA
Blue Ridge Mountains

I can't believe and agent would even take a listing like this.  

Feb 13, 2011 12:00 PM
Randy Elliott
RE/MAX Gold - Lodi, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

I agree Donna.  What's the point in listing the home if the agent has absolutely no control over the marketing and showing of it.  :-/

Feb 13, 2011 12:05 PM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton
The Nines Team At Keller Williams - Stockton, CA
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton

Randy - On rare occasions with frail seniors, or ill and infirm home occupants, restrictions for showing make sense.  Even so ... the possibility of a contract ... goes way down when the home is not almost immediately available to tour.  Yes it's an inconvenience ... but you are selling, right?  GOOD post ... hope folks pay attention!

Feb 13, 2011 02:50 PM
Randy Elliott
RE/MAX Gold - Lodi, CA
REALTOR : Lodi / Stockton, CA

Hey Jack, I do understand restrictions of somekind for some as you've mentioned, but this one seemed more like refusal.  I'm surprised the agent got the seller to drop their price by $70k but not provide them with a key to even keep in the office.

Feb 13, 2011 03:45 PM

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