Dear Homeowner, I'd like to do my job....

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group

but for some reason you're still living in La La Land and you think your property is never going back to the bank because we're playing Monopoly?  I regret to inform you that you cannot pass go and you're not going to collect $200 if you tie my hands behind my back.

I'm a dedicated professional and enjoy my work. I work harder than I've ever worked before because of the current economic climate, but I still persevere. I meet buyer and seller objections on a daily basis and work hard at negotiating your contact so that you and the other party enjoy a mutually beneficial outcome even when you're facing foreclosure. In fact, especially when you're facing foreclosure because this is a serious event and I'd like to see you and our nation recover.

How is it that you've been listed on the MLS for over 80 days, have not reduced your list price, have employed one of the best selling agents in the county, and yet managed to make your home unavailable for showings because you don't want to be inconvenienced?

Bottom line, I'll not be showing your home anytime soon to my qualified buyer who can help you. There's a house next door that is open and is showing with a keysafe, has listed at or is slightly below market level, and the people inside have trusted their Realtor to do the best job they can and actually listened to sage advice.

Off to open escrow...

stop foreclosure, foreclosure prevention, oxnard, camarillo, ventura

Comments (8)

Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

We are seeing more and more foreclosures on people who are in denial about losing their home.

May 11, 2011 04:13 AM
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Sheila ~   This is right on the money!  Excellent post -- just wish more Sellers would truly read and comprehend.  I'm working with a Seller right now who views me as the "enemy", and frankly, I think I'm the only one around who has given him the straight scoop . . .

May 11, 2011 04:17 AM
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

And we are seriously seeing more and more homeowners that make it next to impossible to show their home.  It seems to me that some agents are being too territorial with the appointment only, no kay safe....

May 11, 2011 04:18 AM
Kirsten Mellinger
SkyView Real Estate - Simi Valley, CA
Ventura County Real Estate took the words right out of my mouth!  It's shocking how difficult it is to show a property!  Not only are they listed too high on paper, but when you get inside - good odor, 1970's wallpaper?! - 'nuff said!

If you want to sell your whatever it takes to get it into escrow.  If your Realtor has recommended some tips to show better & easier as well as pricing.....please wake up & listen to the professional.

Anyway, great post & good Luck with your buyers!!!

May 11, 2011 04:27 AM
Candy Miles-Crocker
Online Real Estate Agent Training - Chevy Chase, DC
Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training

Sheila, it makes you wonder if they really want to sell the property.

May 11, 2011 05:03 AM
Sheila Rasak
As professionals, it's also our duty to stay professional and lay it out to the seller in terms they can appreciate. If they don't, you don't need to waste everyone's time by taking the listing. I for one don't want my name associated with a property that is rapidly going nowhere. I sell properties, not babysit homeowners who are in denial of their circumstances.
May 11, 2011 07:25 AM
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Ummm, if you can't show can't sell it!  Oh well, at least it worked out for your buyer :)!  Long time no see...welcome back :)!

May 11, 2011 09:04 AM
Sheila Rasak
Keller Williams Realty-California Coast Property Group - Camarillo, CA

Pardon my late response as I've been tied up as duty has been calling! I appreciate all your feedback and have to think that a lot of sellers remain in denial and it's the agent's job to let them know the seriousness of foreclosure and that they need to open their doors if they're to avoid going to trustee sale. Our job is by no means a walk in the park as we negotiate terms with their lenders let alone field the calls on their property and try to get the house available for showing. The house will not sell itself unless seen by the buyer.

Tish, we are generally seen as the enemy as they don't understand what we do and how long it takes to do it. It's odd that lawyers, doctors, and such are not questioned like we are! I feel like when anyone and everyone could jump in the real estate game, a lot of people gave us bad names. I'm thankful that only the best of the best survive in this climate and a lot of the so called professionals (who worked it part time) are going back to regular 9-5 jobs.

Off to sit an open house and busy channeling my inner Annette Bening!

Jul 10, 2011 07:25 AM