Responsibilities of the Carlsbad Seller – Do You Know What They Are?

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Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

The Responsibilities of the Carlsbad Seller

 

Do You Know What They Are?

 

As agents we have a ton of responsibilities with any transaction, even before a listing has gotten an offer and we are on the way through the due diligence period. Many of those responsibilities are behind the scenes and are not visible to our clients, unless we tell them.

 

There are certainly plenty of responsibilities for Carlsbad sellers as well. Let’s talk about a few:

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMIT TO THE PROCESS

 

Commitment covers a lot of territory, to name just a few

  • commitment to selling the home, not just testing the market
  • commitment to doing what will help sell the home and not standing in the way, such as making showings difficult and having a mess in your home

 

Home for Sale in CarlsbadTHE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE DECISIVE

 

There are lots of decisions to be made, from deciding you are going to sell to what your next steps will be – rent or purchase another home? You must:

 

  • Decide on the right REALTOR to help you (WHO is the best qualified person to help and WHO CARES ABOUT YOU, and NOT who gives you a certain price)
  • Make decisions about showings, signage, lockboxes, and other listing details like “will certain appliances stay or go?”
  • Be decisive when an offer comes in and during the escrow process.

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE HONEST

 

This is not to imply you aren’t, but you need to be honest with everyone involved in the transaction, as well as honest with yourself about the goals you are trying to achieve. You must be honest in your disclosures and other information provided to your REALTOR, the buyers, escrow, and title.

 

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMUNICATE

 

This occurs before the home is even listed, but becomes more essential once you are into the process. Just as agents must communicate with their clients, you have a responsibility to communicate when needed, and there are multiple ways to do so, e.g., text messages, emails, phone calls, face-to-face meetings.

 

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK QUESTIONS

 

You need to ask questions about marketing, showings, negotiating offers and much more to understand the process of listing and selling your home. And other questions as they arise during the transaction.

 

 

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO DISCLOSE

 

Disclosures are a very important aspect of selling a home and may be either federally and state mandated. Not disclosing known defects and other issues about the house can get you in trouble. Your disclosures, however, do not relieve buyers from performing their own due diligence.

 

You, as the seller, have a significant vested interest in helping the home to sell, from listing at the right price to having the home look its best.

 

If you don't take responsibility, no one else will, and you won’t get what you want – your home sold quickly and for market value.

 

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Rainmaker
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Jeff, I see why you would be the right choice as the listing agent in Carlsbad, you have your priorities straight. There are still too many agents who try to "buy" a listing but all that does is keep it on the market for much longer.

Oct 27, 2011 04:02 PM #13
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Jeff, Well done and so deserving of the "feature". This could also be titled "A blueprint for Success"

Oct 27, 2011 04:27 PM #14
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George

Ssay no more. And I see this as something that would be relevant in your biz, too. Ya gotta do what will get that loan approved in terms of paperwork, answers to questions, etc.

Jeff

Oct 27, 2011 04:39 PM #15
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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Jeff the responsibilities of the Calsbad home owner is applicable to all markets.  I like the way you laid it out.

Oct 27, 2011 04:52 PM #16
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Bookmarking for a future reblog, as Jennifer said, it is applicable for all markets!
Oct 27, 2011 05:31 PM #17
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Gabe Sanders
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Great list Jeff.  I just wish more sellers would read this and live up to their responsibilities.

Oct 28, 2011 12:14 AM #18
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Charlie Dresen
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Well done and definitely a list that should be shared with any seller. There are a lot of decisions and responsibilities to go around and if any person involved drops the ball it hurts the outcome for all.

Oct 28, 2011 02:00 AM #19
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Jeff, thanks for pointing out that the sellers play an important role in the selling process.

Oct 28, 2011 02:04 AM #20
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Jeff, I often quote you to my buyers. And this will be one of those times. Another great buyer post!

Oct 28, 2011 03:17 AM #21
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HI Jeff - excellent post!! And the seller does have responsibilities with the selling process and you have outlined them extremely well.

Oct 28, 2011 03:36 AM #22
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Hi Jeff,

I will have to bookmark this! If only all our clients would take their responsibilities seriously.

Lisa

Oct 28, 2011 03:36 AM #23
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Bob Zorechak - ABR, GRI, e-PRO
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I think your points about sellers "testing" the market is right on point.  In my market, so many sellers get cold feet once they have been on the market for a month or two.  The lucky ones receiving offers are usualy sobered by the low amounts buyers are willing to pay.  The ones who don't get offers are even more surprised at the true state of the market, even after hearing it from me before, during and after the listing presentation.

With that said, I find that people I run into in social situations asking me about the general state of the market have a very false sense of how bad things really are, as opposed to the people who actually have their home listed and fully understand the severity of this market.

Oct 28, 2011 03:37 AM #24
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So many great points here, Jeff. My two "must haves" are COMMUNICATE & DISCLOSE.

Oct 28, 2011 03:46 AM #25
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Cathy - well you won't get an argument for me on that.

Angel Realty - thanks for the compliment. I havennow turned this post into a marketing piece I will use, and also include in my Pre-Listing Package and Seller Handbook.

William - I suspect there are a large number of sellers who have done this, hoping to actually get the price they were quoted. And when you see some of thelisting prices, it's pretty clear there is an issue.

Jeff

Oct 28, 2011 04:01 AM #26
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Jeff - This is an important list of seller responsibilities.  I agree with Kat that communication and disclosure are imperative.

Oct 28, 2011 10:55 AM #27
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Joan - thanks. You are so right, and sellers have the responsibility to be educated about the market which they can readily do with the right agent.

Hella - And unfortunately there are some sellers who hope that they really CAN get that higher price. But as we all know and see, the market will determine that. So pricing high "just to see" is not an effective strategy in most cases.

Brad - I like that title. A Seller's Bluepirnt for Success!

Jennifer - thank you. No reason I can think of that this does not apply everywhere. But I suspect some sellers who are not necessarily very responsible do actually get their homes sold.

Jeff

Oct 28, 2011 12:31 PM #28
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Michelle Gibson
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Jeff - Commitment to the process especially if they are a short sale seller, excellent point.  Congrats on the feature!

Oct 28, 2011 02:40 PM #29
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Jeff this is a great summary of what a Seller should do and perform, there is not one word that is out of place. Now I home a similar post will be forth coming what a Buyer's Responsibilities are as well:)

Oct 29, 2011 11:46 AM #30
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Thumbs up for the responsibility to be honest. Unfortunately, I would like to see more of that.

Oct 29, 2011 12:01 PM #31
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Hi Jeff, Honesty, Communication, and Disclosure are all BIG on my list from any seller. These will keep us all out of trouble. Now, I definitely believe in asking questions too.

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