10 Things Your Agent Might Not Want to Tell You

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These days price and condition are more important than ever. Maybe dogs are flying off the shelf elsewhere in the world, but since the market has cooled in most of the country, you need to pay particular attention to the key factors that will enable you to successfully sell your house. That being said, most people do not like their personal tastes to be critiqued and that can cause a great deal of stress for your agent. Especially if your personal taste is horrible and hinders the sell of the property. And since your agent is a little too nervous to say what really needs to be said, I am going to do it for them.


10 - Shag is a dance, it should not be a carpet. I will admit that from time to time I have seen shag carpet and thought that it was pretty cool. But each time, it was in a scene from a movie based in the 60's such as Austin Powers. Most buyers will agree with me, so lose that shag if you want to sell.

9 - I should not hear your kitchen before I see it. Or any other room for that matter. Just because you think that a color of yellow so bright that it can knock out an elephant is a cool thing, it doesn't mean that 99.9% of the rest of the world would agree with you. Remember, there are people who suffer from epilepsy and you don't need an agent or a buyer going into convulsions in you house.

8 - Raising your voice is not a form of negotiation. I know that you've seen several movies about high powered people who get their way just by demanding it and you think that's the way things work, but that movie is only for entertainment. Screaming that you don't want to lower the price doesn't suddenly make the rest of the world think your house is more valuable.

7 - Buyers don't care about you. I know that sometimes you think it's nice to ask your agent if they will communicate to the would be buyer all the reasons that it would be a great burden on you to go through with their demands, but they just don't care. They want a good deal and that's about it, so our broken leg, two jobs and inability to have the carpet replaced really means nothing to them.

6 - Dirty cloths are not a fashion statement. I could care less if you are wearing dirty cloths or not, that's more your business than mine. However, you don't need to scatter your dirty cloths that you are not wearing all throughout that house. They make dimmer switches if you want to set the mood, don't do it with a T-shirt draped over your lamp.

5 - It's not your home anymore. For whatever reason you have now decided to sell your house, therefore you no longer intend for it to be your home. So stop taking everything so personal, put on your big boy pants, and do what needs to be done to attract a buyer that will make it their home.

4- Jungle taming is not a favorite past time for buyers. If your lawn looks like you would need a machete to get through, then the buyer not even get out of the car. The only thing you do with an ugly yard is send the message that you don't care and it makes the buyer think you didn't take care of anything else either.

3 - Testing the market only tests my patience. The price your agent said the house should be listed at is usually a good indication of a price that the house should be listed at. I know, you glanced at Zillow and added $20,000 to their Zestimate to come up with your number and you want to "just give it a shot at this price." Or you could just go ahead and price it right from the start and not waste anyone's time including your own.

2 - I know less is more sounds wrong, but let's lose the chicken figurines anyway. The last thing you need to do is draw attention to how little counter space already have by overloading it with crap you don't need. I understand that some of these things may have a great deal of meaning to you, but that's all the more reason to store them out of sight so nothing happens to them.

1 - It's not worth more just because you lived here. Let's lose that ego, because unless you are very famous or are perhaps a historic figure, then your living here doesn't really add value here. I apologize if you are famous, but in case you haven't heard stars are losing money on their houses left and right these days too. So if you're just Joe Blow from the local corporate conglomerate, then I'm sure you're a great person and your family loves you, but see number 7 would you.


Have  a nice day!!



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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Nice to see you back, man.  Thought you may have went the way of Crazy Shark Dude.

Nov 17, 2011 09:22 AM #31
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

This is blunt but probably the best way to say it.  I like it and probably will reblog later.

Nov 17, 2011 09:25 AM #32
Lisa Dunham
Alexandria, VA
Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate

JL, you certainly did the world of real estate a great justice with this blog post!  Loved it!  Thanks for saying exactly what needs to be said!

Nov 17, 2011 09:27 AM #33
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Frankly those are all things a good agent really needs to tell people before they even go on the market. 

Nov 17, 2011 10:50 AM #34
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Here, here JL.  It's amazing how often a seller is blinded to the issues with his home.  A good agent will try to explain, but in a pinch, we'll just hand out your blog.  8-)

Nov 17, 2011 10:50 AM #35
Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

Great post JL...although we really like those chicken figurines.

Nov 17, 2011 11:41 AM #36
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Some good points here.  "Buyers don't care about you"...a key one here.

Nov 17, 2011 12:25 PM #37
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

JL, it's amazing how many chickens we see in houses. Chicken cookie jars, wall borders, magnets, etc. I never understood it!

Nov 17, 2011 12:52 PM #38
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


Great post. I am going to print is out, hand it to sellers and say this guy requires this of hois selllers and sells every home in 3 days. 

Oh NO!  I am a buyer's agent....

Nov 17, 2011 02:23 PM #39
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist

Accepting that you no longer live there is probably the most difficult for my sellers...particularly families. I get all kinds of excuses of why everything is not "sparkling" and "show perfect". It's a tough market. 

Nov 17, 2011 02:32 PM #40
Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

yeah, man..... he's back!

Nov 17, 2011 02:44 PM #41
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Many agents have read this post, smiled and said, “Right on!”

Nov 17, 2011 03:05 PM #42
Lloyd Binen
Certified Realty Services - Saratoga, CA
Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411

The chicken figurines have got to go?  Dude, you're tough.  Couldn't they just put a note on the door saying epileptics enter at their own risk?  This is a good and funny post.

Nov 17, 2011 04:19 PM #43
Shari Weber
Better Properties Washington - Port Orchard, WA

Fantastic post. Smiled the whole way thru. May have the guts to print and share with some of my sellers!

Nov 17, 2011 04:21 PM #44
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

What is wrong with chickens???  I resemble that remark.


Nov 17, 2011 04:22 PM #45
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Really good blog post. Looks like a reblog for my turf! Thanks!
Nov 17, 2011 04:24 PM #46
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I was in a couple of houses this week where the seller and their agent may have missed the "do not" part of your blog as they were cluttered, smelled and one was a maze to get down the sidewalk, over the lawn, by the landmines and under some branches to get to.

Nov 18, 2011 12:48 AM #47
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

It's amazing how those beloved chicken figurines stick around! I always put them away in the kitchen cupboard, but they seem to pop up again next time I check on the listing.



Nov 18, 2011 12:58 AM #48
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

You pop back and get featured right out of the box!  Woo hoo!  I've miss you!

Nov 18, 2011 02:46 AM #49
Kevan Carter
Seattle, WA

Navy Seal real  estate training. Sounds like grow up or ring out.

Nov 18, 2011 11:00 AM #50
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