A Home Seller's Bill of Rights

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747
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bill of rightsA Home Seller's Bill of Rights

We the people of The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite believe that Warren County home sellers have certain inalienable rights owed to them in their pursuit of the sale of their home. ....okay...we borrowed from the Declaration too! :)

  • They are entitled to freedom of speech!  They should be able to speak their minds freely to their REALTOR® and come to a meeting of the minds on the "tough" topics.  The speech may not always be what they WANT to hear from their REALTOR®, but TRUTH should be spoken.
  • They are entitled to proper marketing!  Lousy photos should never happen.  The home data should be accurate.  The map placement should be where the home ACTUALLY is!  That their home will be placed on as many Internet sites as possible to ensure the right buyer finds them!  Listing in BOTH Cincinnati AND Dayton MLS just for starters.
  • They are entitled to proper pricing!  This may sometimes be the toughest truth, but everything else will fail if pricing isn't appropriate.  Too low and profits are left on the table, too high and the home stagnates on the market.  Pricing should be backed up with data and not just an "I feel" proposition from the agent.
  • They are entitled to a secure home!  That only authorized agents will show the home.  That the home will be LOCKED when the showing is over.  That buyers won't be allowed by the buyer's agent to look in personal spaces like dressers and closed boxes.
  • They are entitled to responsiveness from their listing agent!  This doesn't mean we're taking calls at 1 a.m.!  But we will respond to your emails, your phone calls, your need for new flyers and brochure booklets and each of your questions, and the response will be done quickly
  • They are entitled to a listing agent who understands the latest in technology!  Can they use the Internet to get your home found?  Do they blog?  Do they have the tools necessary to support your home's sale, or are they still using the equivalent of stone and chisel?
  • They are entitled to current information!  They should be kept up to date on their competition and the actions needed to keep their home competitive!  This isn't a "just put a sign in the yard and an entry in MLS" and wait environment.  Conditions change and sellers need to be kept informed.  Whether the market is trending up, down or stable, it is critical to understand this week's market.
  • They are entitled to understanding!  Selling a home is NOT easy.  We'll never make that claim.  We understand packing up four kids, two dogs and a cat for every showing is NOT fun.  That buyers bumping you out and showing up early, or late, or not at all is a hassle. That keeping the home "show ready" all the time is stressful.  We won't arbitrarily ask you to do things that WON'T help you sell your home.
  • They are entitled to privacy!  If you happen to encounter a buyer's agent or buyers....now is your time to politely plead the Fifth!  Direct them to YOUR listing agent with any questions.  It's part of what we're paid to do.  There's enough public information available for the buyers, keep what's private, PRIVATE.  Why you are moving is no one else's business but your own.  We know how to answer that question and many more without hurting your negotiating position.


So if you're considering selling your Warren County home, we'd love to talk to you further about our Home Seller Bill of Rights!  We believe you'll love our marketing plan for your home! We'll give you our best possible advice with no hassle, no pressure.  So email, call, text....whatever works for you!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs,
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Charita, Of course you can use it!

Roger, My called shot mojo has been a bit off for about the last week.  We've gotten a few, but not our typical two per day.  Have been busy and cut back on our AR time a bit, so that's part it.

David, Glad to help out!

Mar 30, 2011 01:21 AM #67
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Michael Setunsky
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Bliz, well said! What a great addition to your listing package. Bookmarked! Thanks!

Mar 30, 2011 01:46 AM #68
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Ed Silva
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Very imaginative post with so much right. In real estate the clients need to know that even though all Realtors are created equally, not all are equal, and they want to work with the professionals that will get the home sold, or get a purchase at a good price.

Mar 30, 2011 01:47 AM #69
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Michael, Thanks!

Ed, Other than having the same job title, after that we're all pretty much different.  Lots of commonality, but so critical to find the professionals that give YOU the edge in selling or purchasing a home.

Mar 30, 2011 01:49 AM #70
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

BLiz, Excellent post!  As others have noted, it is great for both the sellers to know and us to be reminded what is expected.  I think the Freedom of Speech is particularly important to make sure all questions and concerns are addressed properly.  Thank you!

 

Mar 30, 2011 02:29 AM #71
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Bruce, We need clear and consistent communications between the sellers and us.  Anything that hinders the relationship can lead to failure.

Mar 30, 2011 02:35 AM #72
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Bill Burchard
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Good morning, Bliz. Very clever idea... to have a list that states upfront what home sellers can expect from you. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 30, 2011 03:07 AM #73
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
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What a great post and is worthy of a feature.... a great list of what the Homeowner is entitled to.

Mar 30, 2011 03:11 AM #74
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Bill, We learn and we share :)

Rebecca, Thanks!

Mar 30, 2011 03:20 AM #75
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Mary Jo Quay
Remax Results - Edina, MN

Totally agree.  So many agents talk about the sellers as though they are our enemies; they don't understand, they are unreasonable and uncooperative.  Most people buy and sell only a few times in their lifetimes.  It is daunting, and very scary in this market.   Bottom line is that we work for them. 

Thanks for the great post.

Mar 30, 2011 03:26 AM #76
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Mary Jo, Often those misunderstandings are easily clarified if the other side would put on the others shoes so to speak.  It doesn't have to be a totally antagonistic experience.

Mar 30, 2011 03:34 AM #77
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Randy Harden
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This is great stuff! Do you use this in listing appointments, etc? I think it is a great subject to delve into that sets you apart from the crowd. It says that you are respect the seller and want to ensure that their "rights" are being looked after. Bravo

Mar 30, 2011 04:20 AM #78
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Randy, Actually this blog post yesterday morning was its birth :)  We expect to add to our listing presentation in some format, probably to our main website too.

Mar 30, 2011 04:26 AM #79
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Bill Gillhespy
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Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
Hi Liz, Yours is a particularly well thought out and presented post. Don't we all wish that it would be considered as the minimum level of service !?!?
Mar 30, 2011 04:51 AM #80
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Bill, We most certainly do!  It would be better for everyone involved.

Mar 30, 2011 05:01 AM #81
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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If I were hiring someone in your area, you would be it.  You, at least, "get it".  Thanks for a great read.

Mar 30, 2011 03:33 PM #82
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Liz & Bill - This is an outstanding post which I agree with 100%. As Ron said "You, at least, get it".

Mar 30, 2011 03:38 PM #83
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Ron, Thanks!  We've worked hard to "get it" over the years :)

Doug, Glad you liked it!  We've found ditching the egos and remembering it's not about us, it's about the clients, keeps us in the right mindset to take better care of them! :)

Mar 30, 2011 03:45 PM #84
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Ha! The danger of a featured post!!! An hour of commenting :-)

Mar 31, 2011 12:47 AM #85
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Steve, Yep!  And the one before this went well over a 100 comments too! It's a be careful what you wish for moment sometimes :)

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