10 Things Sellers Don't Like

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10 Things Sellers Don't Like

Do any of these fit you? Bet they do, like it or not.

Things Sellers Don't Like...and they make you throw up your hands

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Being told their home is worth less than what they need or hope for

Being told their home is cluttered and needs to be cleaned up and/or depersonalized

Being asked to take care of deferred maintenance 

Agents who make appointments and don't show up 

Agents who don't follow showing instructions 

Buyers who make low ball offers (however you define it) 

Buyers who nitpick about every inspection item 

Their home falling out of escrow 

Their home being rejected by the market 

Listing Agents who don't communicate

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Of course the list is likely longer, and these don't necessarily apply to everyone. But who wouldn't expect a seller to not like these things. Been there, done that! 

But like it or not, it's reality.


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Tonia Vickery
RE/MAX Desert Showcase - Peoria, AZ

I would think that communication would be one of the biggies. Agents who don't communicate with the sellers are like pouring oil on a fire and waiting for the explosion!


Apr 11, 2011 02:00 AM #17
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

LOL @ comment #1.  The cluttered comment is often necessary and generally you can tell it is bothersome.  The key is to communicating it in a way that fits their personality. Sometime I use humor. Sometimes I stress that its not about what they like, its about what the buyer likes, it just depends on the personalities I am working with.  But it has to happen or we aren't doing our jobs.

Apr 11, 2011 02:07 AM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, my favorites are the ones with dirty houses who don't like people to wear shoes while being shown their palace. 

Apr 11, 2011 02:18 AM #19
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Call in a local home stager to let them hear it from a 3rd party that they need to de-clutter...or "edit" out...and CLEAN the place.  I agree with Patricia #19.....dirty house, filthy carpet and they want ME to take off MY shoes.  That's why I keep booties in my car!

Apr 11, 2011 07:32 AM #20
Dave Gubler
Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch - Lake Forest, CA
Realtor | Orange County

I couldn't disagree with any of your selections Jeff.  Listing agents that do not communicate exist?  C'mon... I thought they went extinct with the Dodo bird. 

Apr 11, 2011 08:16 AM #21
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

OMG last September I was this unfortunately: 

Agents who don't follow showing instructions

We have so many vacant homes that somehow I glossed over the fact that it was occupied - the agent was the owner also!!

Apr 11, 2011 09:14 AM #22
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It seems these strike a chord with a number of people. No doubt we have all been remiss at least once on some of these issues.

And obviously sellers NEED to be told the truth about their home vis-a-vis marketing in today economy. Clutter and deferred maintenance can really make a big difference, in a negative way.

Thanks for stopping by.


Apr 11, 2011 05:04 PM #23
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


Lots of those things sellers do not want to be told or know about are the very things they DO need to be told.

Apr 12, 2011 02:51 AM #24
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Jeff - Like it or not, Some of these things will have to be done if the home is to sell for the best price.  Others might be avoidable, but all of them are things that will make many sellers groan.

Apr 12, 2011 04:08 PM #25
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
1,140,909 Points 208 Featured Posts Localism Sponsor Outside Blog Attended Rain Camp Called Shot Master

Hey, Jeff!

I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Good job!






Apr 17, 2011 04:38 AM #26
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Such a great list - funny how things like this are so universal!

Apr 17, 2011 04:54 AM #27
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Great list.  Missed it the first time around but thanks to Pat, I got to read this.  Excellent.

Apr 17, 2011 05:23 AM #28
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate
Listing agents that don't communicate or don't keep appointments baffle me....how do they stay in business??
Apr 17, 2011 07:00 AM #29
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Pat sent me over. My pet peeve is when an agent allows his buyers to leave a mess behind after viewing a property. Once it was peanut and sunflower seeds all over the driveway. And the plastic bag they came in!

Apr 17, 2011 09:14 AM #30
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group - RealtyQuest Team, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Jeff -- I can put 4,5, and 10 on MY list of things I don't like!!

Apr 17, 2011 09:48 AM #31
Lyn Sims and the Blog Dog
Streamwood, Elgin IL Real Estate - RE/MAX Suburban - Bartlett, IL

Sounds like a 'Green Eggs & Ham' book.

Apr 17, 2011 10:57 AM #32
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

The more that consumers can be reminded of these simple tasks to get get more $$$ for their home, the better off everyone is!

Apr 17, 2011 11:22 AM #33
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD



I think we can relate to them all! I like Lyn Sims comment!

Have a nice week,



Apr 17, 2011 03:03 PM #34
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

That is a pretty good summary Jeff. And the great seller is one the that takes these in stride and performs well for the agent.

Apr 18, 2011 05:58 AM #35
Sarasota & Manatee Counties FL
SaraMana Properties - QuickFreeMLS.com - Bradenton, FL
QuickFreeMLS.com - Listings In Paradise

I liked your blog post and I thank you for sharing it with us!

Apr 18, 2011 06:56 PM #36
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