We've Heard It All Before

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Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

I'm sure you've heard everything in the book.  But there must be a few that pop up again and again.

What is the #1 or top 3 complaints you get when buyers look at listings?

Comments (62)

Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

1) smells like animals in here

2) not a fan of the floor plan

3) "i like it but..."   Well, but what? They left me hanging no matter how hard I pushed for an answer. That was by far my most frustrating.

Aug 16, 2011 01:20 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

The most common is it is priced too high for the amount of work it needs, #2 is it smells of pets or smoke and #3 is the description did not anywhere near match what we are seeing.

Aug 16, 2011 01:23 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

The three biggest questions I get are:

  1. Will they negotiate?
  2. How much will they come down on the price?
  3. Think they'll take ______?
Aug 16, 2011 01:58 AM
Glenn Freezman
Nucazza LLP & Home Buying Evolution, & Family Abstract, Inc - Fort Washington, PA

I would really like to make cartoon from this banter, would you mind?  I can then reblog it and add the cartoon with the top comments, "You can make this stuff up!!

Aug 16, 2011 02:09 AM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Overpriced based on size and outdated are going to be the biggest complaints I usually have.

Aug 16, 2011 03:34 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Alan - You're scaring me.

Ed - LOL!

I'm seeing a pattern here with closets, kitchens and smoke.  Who smokes in their homes?  YUCK!

Aug 16, 2011 05:11 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Why are there shedded snakeskins in the bedroom and racoon skeletons in the attic?

(true story)

Aug 16, 2011 05:18 AM
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX
1. Dirty 2. Smoke smell 3. Dogs barking or not crated.
Aug 16, 2011 05:34 AM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Kitchens/baths are too small

Seems overpriced.

View is not what I wanted.

Aug 16, 2011 05:54 AM
Teaching Amanda Fische
Teaching Amanda Fische - Denver, CO
Offering 30 plus years of sales insights

1. ooh ooh that smell

2. floor plan is to chopped up

3. bedrooms are smaller than expected

Knowing what your buyers want is fairly easy to discover, especially after a few showings, however you never tell what it smells like with the photos and many agents no longer put in room dimensions, this could save lots of time and wasted time showing to the wrong buyers.

Aug 16, 2011 06:04 AM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial - New Rochelle, NY

1.  "I wanted a fixer uper, but not one that needs this much work. Don't you have any fixer-uppers in better condition?"

 

2. "This is a beautiful house. Too bad they painted it green!"

3. "The house is too cluttered. I could never live here!"

 

Aug 16, 2011 06:31 AM
Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Good post today, thanks for sharing.  Lots of good comments as well to read.

 

Paatricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Aug 16, 2011 07:01 AM
Marge Draper
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto - Menlo Park, CA
REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA

My top complaint this past month "It has only one bathroom and the shower is over the tub"!  It bought to mind the house I grew up in in Michigan  --  actually the two different homes I grew up in.  One bathroom served four people well.  That's how you learn to take turns.

Aug 16, 2011 07:10 AM
Scotti Jowers
CENTURY 21 Shackelford French, Search West Monroe Homes - West Monroe, LA
Realtor - West Monroe, Louisiana Homes for Sale

The yard is too small

It needs too much work

It seems overpriced

Thanks for asking the question. It's been fun reading the responses!

Aug 16, 2011 09:02 AM
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

my people can't afford that price.....   After calling for an appointment to see it...after seeing it in MLS.

Aug 16, 2011 09:26 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Just three? The home is too dated, the bedrooms are too small and the floorplan is terrible.

Aug 16, 2011 02:40 PM
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC

Small rooms, no granite, too filthy, old appliances, wait, I'm over three!

Aug 16, 2011 08:50 PM
Gregory Bain
Mezzina Real Estate & Insurance - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
For Homes on the Jersey Shore

"Didn't they know we were coming?" After stepping over the dirty laundry and passing thru the kitchen with the dirty dishes on the table and piled in the sink.

Aug 17, 2011 01:38 AM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Did not like the flow of the home

Rooms to small

& I will buy you a gallon of paint if you really are not going to buy because of the color.

Aug 17, 2011 02:00 AM
Timothy Mattingly
Louisville Homes Team Louisville KY louisvillehomesreport.com - Louisville, KY
Louisville Homes for Sale

3.  Rooms to small (when looking for a 1200 sq ft home)

2.  Kitchen not updated (when looking for a fit it up home)

1.  No basement (I told you it did not have a basement before we went but your father-in-law insisted that you look at this home because it happened to have Southern exposure or some other reason)

Aug 17, 2011 02:33 AM