21 Ways To Ensure Your Home Will NOT Sell

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Real Estate Agent with Meritus Group Real Estate SD 14808
  1.  Leave your oversized furniture in small rooms.

  2. Leave that gaudy wallpaper.

  3. Leave the dog during showings.

  4. Leave a tenant.

  5. Leave in that green shag carpet.

  6. Smoke like a chimney.

  7. Leave a smell....cat, dog, urine, etc.

  8. Leave that room painted black.

  9. Add the commission of top of the price you have to have.

  10. Add a 24hr showing notice.

  11. Leave deferred maintenance for the next guy.

  12. Leave dog doo all over the yard.

  13. Leave a bunch of clutter.

  14. Add the price of all the improvements you have done to the home on top of the price paid when you paid for it.

  15. Refuse to have a sign in the yard.

  16. Refuse to have open houses.

  17. Refuse to keep your home clean.

  18. Refuse to fix small things found in homeowners inspection.

  19. Turn off utilities and have no heat.

  20. A foot and a half of snow on the sidewalk is okay.

  21. Get a REALTOR who knows nothing about the internet.

     

 

If you do five or more of these steps I can almost guarantee that you either will NOT sell your home or you will do it at a steep discount! So the moral of the story is your home must be clean and maintained inside and out, updated, and with appropriate furnishings to get top dollar. Leaving other annoying things like tenants and dogs are also not going to hasten your way to the closing table either. If you do not allow your listing agent to do their job through signs, open houses and internet exposure you are slowing yourself even more. Your home must be accessible to be looked at asap and with a clean walk path or it may just get passed by. And last and most importantly please understand people are looking at price more then ever now. They will look at every last house in their price range and pick the best of the bunch. If you are overpriced you are just helping sell the houses that are not! There are a lot of fish in the sea and it is not only your REALTOR's job to sell your home it is yours to help in as well.  

 

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Rosalie A. Evans                                                                      

HJN Team Real Estate

101 W. 69th St.

Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Cell 605-366-7242

rosaliesellssiouxfalls@gmail.com

 

                                       

 

   

 

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Comments (15)

JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000
Village Properties of Mineola, LLC - Mineola, NY

Great last name good job and good luck from the original Evans. 

Jan 14, 2012 04:05 PM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Rosalie

This is a twist on how to educate sellers on how to sell their house. Maybe they'll respond better when it's presented this way. Thanks for putting such a comprehensive list together.

May all our listings sell hassle-free and quickly!

Jan 14, 2012 05:18 PM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Rosalie - Great list of things for a seller to do if they do not want to sell.  Nicely done!

Jan 14, 2012 06:04 PM
Sue Ellett
Coldwell Banker Realty - Austin, TX
Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Dripping Springs

I like the turn-around of putting it back on the seller.  Maybe they'll get the point now...

Jan 14, 2012 09:20 PM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Josh-The first Evans is dead and in his grave you goof but thanks for stopping by anyway! 

Jan 15, 2012 02:20 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Pacita- I actually left out a big one and am considering making it 22 way. Can you believe I left out FSBO! 

Jan 15, 2012 02:21 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Rosalie boy did you ever nail how not to sell a home with this post!  Excellent job my friend maybe home sellers will see the big picture now!

Jan 15, 2012 02:24 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Laura- I had to laugh because as I was writing this list I was recalling my showing from last week of a rental home in my hometown. When we showed up the tenants were there, he answered the door bare chested, he was smoking in the house, there was pictures of naked women on the walls, a crotch sniffing dog, and when we went to go and see the bedroom there was someone in the bed. Then we head to the kitchen and if there was a clean dish in the house I would have been surprised. Not to mention that the whole house had a filthy aura about it! My client was duly mortified and she talked about it the whole drive home! lol. Oh the stories we can tell right?!

Jan 15, 2012 02:28 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Sue- If you really think about it we can work tooth and nail and if they don't hold up their side of the bargain the house is just going to sit stagnant. A buyer's market buyer wants everything unlike the seller's market buyer that might take a fixer to get it some cheaper! 

Jan 15, 2012 02:30 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

John- It is fairly good isn't it! If you want a laugh read respose 8! I don't believe I forgot FSBO marketing though! UGH!

Jan 15, 2012 02:31 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

That is quite a nice list there Rosalie!  Thanks for the chuckle.  :)                                                             

Jan 17, 2012 03:07 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Hello Christiansen Team- Hope you are all having a great day out in Indiana! The one thing I forgot to include is selling FSBO which is of course not a good idea in my book. Well maybe that will be my next blog. 

Jan 17, 2012 09:19 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Great list!  I love dogs, but I very much dislike when they are at homes I am showing.  That among many of your other list items...very good! -Kasey

Jan 19, 2012 05:46 PM
Tracey R. Wrisper
American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA - Leesville, LA
"RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA

Totally funny and totally true.

Jan 22, 2012 06:54 AM
Rosalie Evans
Meritus Group Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD
The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale

Kasey- I love dogs but they are just a distraction for buyers in pleasant on unpleasant ways! It is amazing how much a seller has to do to get the home really in the market. Hope you are having a great Monday!

 

Tracey- I am trying funny because people get tired of the preachy all the time. What is happening in our market is that only the best and cheapest gets snapped up in a timely manner. Neighborhood doesn't even seem to make as big of a difference as price and condition lately. Have a great Monday!

Jan 23, 2012 05:09 AM