Sellers: Don't Call Shotgun, Hop In The Driver's Seat!

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group

Once you have decided to sell your home, you will find family members and friends coming out of the wood work to "help" you with advice.  They may even try to burst your bubble by yammering on about the "buyer's market."

Do buyers have a ton of choices in this market?  Well...yes and no.

Sellers:  Take back the wheel!There is a lot of inventory out there.  However, I have noticed that it seems to be dominated by sellers who have resigned themselves to the idea that we are in a buyer's market and have simply called shotgun letting the buyers remain in the drivers seat.

STOP IT!  Don't relegate yourself to passenger status.  You can rock your home sale by hopping in the driver's seat and taking back the wheel.

How?  Well I'm glad you asked.


Here in the Lewiston/Auburn Maine real estate market you can drive your home sale by making your home stand out as the obvious choice for buyers.  I'm not talking about gold plating your entryway or expensive projects, but there are a few basics that will get the job done.  Sellers in our area who have chosen to do this are not only selling their homes quickly, but many times are getting full list price, and yes, even multiple offers!

All of this in a "buyer's market?"  Yes!  Buyer's market, shmyer's market!  Homes continue to be bought and sold in every type of market.

If you want to sell your home, PLEASE do not let this "buyer's market" be an excuse for sabotaging your profits and peace of mind.  Remember, you can be in control if you:

  1. Hop in that driver's seat!
  2. Take back the wheel!
  3. Give me a call so we can go over the steps to getting your home to stand out in the crowd!
P.S.  Don't let those back seat drivers derail you!  Family and friends may mean well, but when you are dealing with selling your most valuable asset, you need to call in a professional.

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The Maine Real Estate Network - Kristen Wheatley - Lewiston-Auburn Maine Real Estate

Maine Realtor Kristen Wheatley  

Kristen Wheatley is a Maine Realtor working and living in Central Maine.  She specializes in the sale of residential and investment property in the Lewiston-Auburn area and surrounding towns.  Kristen uses the latest tools and mobile technology to provide a superior experience and results for her clients and enjoys sharing these technology skills and teaching other real estate professionals and local small business owners.

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Comments (10)

Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Great advice!  Take back that power as a seller!

Jun 10, 2011 05:44 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hop in the drivers seat - love it!  Making the house stand out makes all the difference in the world.  And having an agent that know how to do that is the first step. Excellent post!  Seller need to read this and call a top notch agent - like you!  (and me of course!)

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Jun 10, 2011 06:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Kristen- I love this... gets the message across to Sellers that they can take control of the sale of their home.  I pressed the suggest button.

Jun 10, 2011 06:31 AM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

Thanks Jennifer.  Power to the sellers!

Thanks Anna!  You betcha!  Phoenix sellers can't go wrong with Anna Banana!

Thanks for the suggest Kathy.  All of this buyer's market talk has given so many sellers the impression that they don't have any control.

Jun 10, 2011 06:48 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Kristen, Excellent, superb, timely, sage, wise, factual, professional advice! You are ssoooo right!

Jun 10, 2011 01:10 PM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

You always make me smile Charles.  :-)

Jun 10, 2011 05:58 PM
Nina Rogoff
Boston, MA
Wix Websites for Real Estate Agents

Kristen, great post! That's why sellers need to contact they get the maximum price and maximum exposure for their home!

Jun 11, 2011 06:15 PM
Kim Frasier
Best View Imaging - Millbury, MA
Showcase Your Listing with its Best View

You are absolutely right on being in the drivers seat!!!  Love your insight

Jun 12, 2011 05:51 AM
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Kristen, I love the driving and car analogy... so appropriate. Great post.

Jun 12, 2011 07:03 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Rule 1, don't listen to the pundits -- hire an expert, make the home a star and hit the gas!

Great post, Kristin! I'm late to the party but definitely




Jun 19, 2011 03:30 AM