Making a Prospective Buyer want to Run Away
I had an experience with an attempted showing this weekend that makes me just shake my head and wonder what people are thinking. The particular property has been on the market for a while, and is in an area where comparables are not easy to obtain.
My clients are looking for a get-a-way home with waterfront access. They are looking, in particular, around some of the larger lakes in the Litchfield County area of Connecticut.
In waterfront property there can be a wide spread of values and some sellers know that the premium for waterfront may be acceptable if the house is right.
As we approached this one particular home, we were greeted by the homeowner that was leaving. She explained that her mother was staying behind to attend to their dog. The animal was described as being very friendly. As I peered into the doorway, I was greeted by a pit bull, no leash or collar just barking up a storm.
We suggested that the mother put the dog into one of the rooms while we walked around the outside of the home.
The home had a rental apartment that was separate from the main home and as it was unoccupied we headed to see that. When we walked in, the place was a mess, and was worthy of just a turn around and leave. That’s when the day just turned.
The main wall of the house, which was around the front door and been painted in black spray paint with anti-Semitic phrases, racist phrases and graffiti of all types.
We left the house, and I got on the phone to the listing agent and suggested that they get back and take a look at their listing.
I received a call from the agent later that night, and she apologized profusely for herself and on behalf of her client. Evidently a friend of the seller’s son had asked to live in the apartment for a few weeks and they had not gone in after he had left. That individual should be carefully watched as he could be a cause for concern, or worse down the road.
We as agent’s need to attend to our business but we also have an obligation to make sure our clients attend to their properties as well, and make them buyer friendly. This is more important when dealing with rental properties with owners that are not local, and as noted, sometimes live next door but are not very vigilant.