But my neighbor said . . .

Real Estate Agent with BlueCoast Realty Corporation

But my neighbor said . . .

Image of man talking"Don't worry about cleaning up.  If they can't imagine what the house looks like without your stuff out, that's their problem."

"Open Houses are a waste of time."

"You don't have to leave for showings.  It's helpful if you're there to answer any questions."

"Just put the dogs in the garage.  Buyers don't need to see in there, all garages look the same."

"You don't need to paint the interior.  If they don't like lime green walls in the living room and canary yellow in the dining room, they can change it once they buy it."

I'm sorry, but isn't your goal to sell your Wrightsville Beach NC home, not just list it?  I can't help what anyone else has told you, here in the real world of real estate in Wrightsville Beach NC that's just bad advice. 

"Clean up.  How seriously do you think a Buyer is going to consider a home that's dirty and messy?"

"I've sold a fair number of homes at Open Houses.  The key is to schedule and advertise properly."

"LEAVE!  Please, if you do nothing else, LEAVE for showings.  Give Buyers and their Agents room and time to view the house and talk.  They won't feel comfortable discussing concerns or their interest if you are there."

"Take the dogs out or crate them.  Every area of the home needs to be accessible during showings."

"Let me give you some suggestions on colors and where to get paint at a good price."

In order to sell your Wrightsville Beach NC home we need do everything we can to make your home shine.  There's a lot of inventory right now, not doing everything in our power to make your home show well is going to hurt you. So lets work together to get your home in top showing condition and keep it that way.

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Comments (96)

Mike Henderson
Your complete source for buying HUD homes - Littleton, CO
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848

It's amazing how many times people who don't know anything can mess up a transaction.

Jul 03, 2011 02:44 PM
Patty Clark
Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200 - Denver, CO
Helping Families Move with Care

Then there is Uncle Fred and Aunt Betty who live on the other side of the map giving expert advice.

If seller are at home during the showing they usually give away the farm. Buyers Agents can ask "certain" questions that will hurt the seller during negotiations. It puts the sellers in an awkward position not really knowing how to answer buyer questions.

Jul 03, 2011 03:58 PM
Dan Derito
Success! Real Estate - Brockton, MA

Great post. Perhaps the neighbor could just sell the home in their spare time.  On the other hand, the lady at the hair salon may be a better choice, and she won't charge a commission.

Jul 03, 2011 04:39 PM
Robin McGinn
RE/MAX Impact - Illinois Homes for Sale - Bloomingdale, IL
Blessed to work with the Best Clients in Illlinois

Most important one - Sellers please LEAVE your home, and don't talk with the buyer!   Buyers don't want/need to hear anything from you to make their decision.  Interfering with a showing 9 times out of 10 will force that buyer to have absolutely NO INTEREST in your home.    The buyer more often than not  remember the seller's incessant talking and not really get a good feel for the home.  You cannot sell your home better than the real estate agent.

Let the professional realtor do their job.

Great post - agree on all counts!!

Jul 03, 2011 06:36 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

I'm enlisting the services of a professional but want to follow the advice of a friend or neighbor who has no vested interest in whether I sell my home. Sounds like a real winning decision! Great points.

Jul 03, 2011 06:56 PM
Jean-Paul Peron
The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany - Corolla, NC
Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive

Tish - Those same rules al=pply further north also. Great post!

Jul 03, 2011 11:47 PM
Denise Watkins
Samson Properties - Upper Marlboro, MD
Realtor Serving DC and MD

I hear those exact comments from my short sale clients.  Someone told them as long as the house is listed they can stay in it longer so do not clean it and show it as is. 

Jul 04, 2011 02:29 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

And, how many homes have those friends or family members sold in their lifetime?  I believe that those of us working in the business have a far better 'idea' of what works and what doesn't!  Like you, we hear these types of comments all of the time.  Then, we have to undo the thought processes!!

Jul 04, 2011 03:25 AM
Robby Leviton
Keller Williams Realty - Kirkland, WA
Knowles Team

I work to make sure they remember all the reasons they want my experience to help them and that usually has them forgetting what the neigbor was saying.

Jul 04, 2011 06:45 AM
Jeff Hollister
Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers - San Clemente, CA
Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA


All great examples. Some people consider all salespeople as equal to a retail salesperson. Yet I know I usually listen to the retail salesperson if they speak knowledgeably. Don't you? Go figure!

Jul 04, 2011 10:01 AM
Jennifer Manchester
Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC - Mint Hill, NC
GRI, ePRO, ASP - Broker/Home Stager

I find it so funny that seller's will listen to someone with no experience over the person the does this for a living.  I guess it is true people hear what they want to hear.

Jul 04, 2011 12:39 PM
Juan Bassett
Long & Foster - Germantown, MD

The key is ... sell the house! Make it presentable for the public. The neighbor is a negative influence and may well be a fsbo candidate......(no offense to fsbo's)

Jul 05, 2011 01:28 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Grat advice!  Best to keep the home in move-in ready condition or it will take longer to sell. 

Jul 05, 2011 05:21 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

You know appearance and condition do matter.  We may not want to think so and we may want to imagine we can see beyond it, but we cannot.  If we could Coca-Cola would not waste Millions on Advertising and packaging. 

Jul 05, 2011 06:44 AM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Great post...buyers become very uncomfortable viewing a home with the seller present.  Sellers need to put some work into making their home accessible and appealing to buyers.

Jul 05, 2011 10:12 AM
Kristen Wahl
Re/Max Plus - Rochester, NY

Great post, Tish! Sometimes well-meaning friends and neighbors make our jobs twice as hard. This is a great way to head off those "But my friend's cousin's girlfriend said..." comments! Re-blogging!

Jul 07, 2011 09:07 AM
Claude Labbe
RLAH / @properties - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Neighbors too?  Gee, I hear this from "my brother/uncle/sister/cousin/-in-law who lives in Michigan/Ohio/California"...  And it's usually difficult to discuss strategy with someone who isn't at the table, but is a reliable "source"


Or as #92 said...the relationship to the "expert" can get to be pretty far removed.

Jul 07, 2011 11:22 AM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Great list! I agree with all except the open house stuff, but otherwise, I can't believe someone would listen when their friend tells them not to clean! Yuck!

Jul 12, 2011 08:52 AM
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

I would've loved to have asked this seller for how many years did your neighbor practice real estate? For what company? And how successful where they at it?

Jul 12, 2011 09:01 AM
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Even worse if the advice that they get from a parent or other relative, or their "friend" that is an agent in another state.  They never mention that the friend hasn't sold a house in 10 years, but they still want to follow their advice.  Amazing!

Dec 30, 2011 04:11 AM