My listing appointment last night....Interesting....

Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty

My listing appointment last night....Interesting....

My husband and I went on a listing appointment last night. The home had just "expired". We walked up to the door and were met by a lady who invited us in but was in a hurry. We asked our questions, looked at the home, showed our marketing plan and then proceeded to write up the paperwork.

The lady wanted to move "yesterday". I saw the reason the house did not sell. Each room was packed with  boxes, furniture, stuff and more stuff. We had to turn sideways to walk through the rooms. When I was sitting down the large cat licked my arm. There were Christmas decorations on the mantle. The man who lived with her had a camera on the front porch and a TV monitor close to where he sat in the sunroom. As I was walking through the sunroom I noticed that the monitor showed everything that was happening in the front yard.

This was a small home. A three bedroom ranch that was outdated and inexpensive.

The man shared that he knew a lot of agents that would list it for nothing. He said that he did not want to tie it up for more than 90 days. I told him that I was not one of those agents and that I would not consider listing for less than six months.

I knew that this was not going to work out. Sometimes it is better to lose a listing early (the first night) then later (after you have done a lot of work for nothing).

It is okey to say "No, thank you".

Teresa Johnson; REMAX Greater Atlanta;

Comments (7)

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The TV monitor in the front yard? Was that to make sure nothing got IN or nothing got OUT? Sounds quite bizarre. The whole hurry thing is my first signal to re-schedule, but it sounds like you had to go through the process to determine motivation. Listing for nothing? Great idea to go with your husband or another associate.

Oct 03, 2007 02:26 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
teresa,  Good for you in trusting your instincts.  You showed a lot of poise and professionalism by sticking to your guns.  Move on.
Oct 03, 2007 02:30 PM
Harvey Rosenberg
Realty Professionals of Florida, LLC - Clermont, FL
I agree with you, I think too many agents take listings when they should have turned them down!!!  I we as Realtors acted in professional manner at all times, then maybe we would not see all the over priced homes listed and expiring on the MLS every day.  I think Realtors should get fined for taking a listing that is over priced by more than 5-10%.  After all as professionals it is out job to help sellers understand the value in their homes and property as well as to educate the sellers on their competition and show them the best way to sell fast for the best price, not to buy the listing with false statements and allow the seller to dictate to us what we should do and how to do it.  I feel like screaming out loud sometimes to agents.....STOP!!!!   Lets be honest with sellers....tell the the truth about the price, condition, and saleability of their property!!!
Oct 03, 2007 02:58 PM
Teresa Johnson
Solid Source Realty - Gainesville, GA
Hall County Real Estate - The Teresa Johnson and Associates

Telling the truth is right! By taking an overpriced listing, it is the same as lying to the consumer.


Oct 03, 2007 03:04 PM
Barry Shapiro
Broker-Associate - Camarillo, CA
We're trained to say "I'd rather turn you down now, than let you down later" -- Sounds like they aren't ready to sell anyway (still!)
Oct 03, 2007 03:23 PM
Membership Cancelled
Pullman, WA
Good for you! Work smarter, not harder.
Oct 03, 2007 06:38 PM
Quakertown, PA
e-PRO, Realtor - Bucks County PA - 610-952-3578

This is a great article on your blog.  I enjoyed reading it today.

Don Bradbury

Oct 05, 2007 02:50 AM