How To Lose a house in 10 Days

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty 0225102565

 

If you didn't see the Movie "How to Lose a Guy in ten day" it is probably a good thing because none of those rules apply.  

 googleHe, the advertising executive, bets his friends that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days and she, the journalist, is writing an article about how to lose a guy in 10 days.  They meet, she makes his life miserable, he puts up with it because he is trying to get her to fall in love with him and she gets more and more annoying and strange until he can't take it anymore

If you are trying to sell a home in Northern Virginia ............ you CANNOT be her.

  • You CANNOT be the odd one out, the strange and annoying one.
  • You CANNOT have the most expensive house on the street.
  • You CANNOT leave the house a mess.
  • You CANNOT ignore the bad animal odor
  • You CANNOT keep thinking your house is better
  • You CANNOT ignore the market

 

  • You CAN and SHOULD be the lowest priced home in your area     (To comparable homes of course)
  • You CAN paint
  • You CAN de-clutter
  • You CAN wash your windows
  • You CAN clean your carpets
  • You CAN replace your carpets if they are really bad
  • You CAN leave your home clean during the showing hours
  • You CAN stage your home
  • You CAN (PLEASE) eliminate ALL pet odors from your home

 

 -If you can't smell an animal odor, and you have pets, get someone else to tell you whether or not there is an odor.   

google  Someone you trust to be completely honest with you, or call me, I'll be honest with you.  

 

I cannot tell you enough how important this is.     If I bring a buyer into a house and it smells like 25 animals live there, that buyer is gone and there are no second chances, they are not coming back.                                                                                         EVER!!!                                                                         (I could have titled this blog "how to lose a buyer in 1 day and this would have been at the top of the list).

  •                  As a Seller's agent, I am trying to sell your home. I WANT to sell your home. It is my chosen profession and how I make a living. When I provide you with information, there may be times I seem like the girl in the story, trying to get you to "lose" me, but I'm not. I may not want to tell you the "bad news", but you are paying me to do a job, and part of my job is to tell you the truth. I may be like the girl in the movie, and you won't like me sometimes, but you'll love me when your house sells before your neighbors does.

 

  •               As a buyer's agent, I want to find you the perfect home.  I am going to give you the facts as well. I am going to be the one to point out the bad odor, if you missed it and the funny stain in the ceiling if you missed that. I am going to tell you, not only what the house down the street sold for, but what other homes, just like this one, are available for you to look at.  I am going to help you find the right lender, with the right loan for you.  I am going to make you aware of ALL of your options.  I'm more like the guy in the movie, doing everything right and not having any bad news to relay, unless, of course, you have unrealistic expectations, but then we'll have to talk about that too...  
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Mike Mitchell
Real Living Kee Realty - Saint Clair Shores, MI
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Great post Sally, very true! Good tips for sellers also. The movie was o.k. kind of a chick flick. My wife loves that movie.  :)
Nov 27, 2007 02:02 PM #1
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Sally Zatkoff
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Fairfax, VA
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Thanks Mike. You have to admit she was a pain in the A*&. May be why your wife liked it so much. We would love to annoy you men like that.

Nov 27, 2007 02:07 PM #2
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Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
Hi Sally, you made me laugh! I once told one of my "little lady listings" to clean up the kitty smell. I asked her to wash everything down thoroughly and the house should sell. She complied and I was happy. Till I walked in and the amonia hit me. She cleaned kitty amonia with bottled amonia. Ugh. She didn't smell it. Deb
Nov 27, 2007 03:13 PM #3
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DDR Realty
DDR Realty - Newburgh, NY
Orange County NY
Interesting analogy, and many of the points you make are very true. Sometimes it is important for sellers to have someone else critique the house for them. Over the years, owners become accustomed to the atmosphere of the house. No matter how negative it may be.
Nov 28, 2007 12:00 AM #4
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Jennifer Hartwick
Crane and Crane Real Estate - Columbia, MO

What I would like to see invented, and maybe it already has been, is a machine that would "read" the air in the house and conclude what the smell is really from!  I have clients with new carpets, they have not had pets, they do not smoke and the house reeks!  I'm thinking food smell?  But, it has also been vacant for 2 months.  I had them clean the oven, again!  I have been on the receiving end of masking the smell and just can't advocate that.

Nov 28, 2007 08:11 AM #5
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Sally Zatkoff
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Fairfax, VA
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Derrick- Honestly, I didn't know if the analogy would work or not, but it was one of those ideas that popped into my head and I just let go. We have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable to imperfection.

Jennifer-Have you checked the curtains, the neighbors? Are you sure there is not a dead animal somewhere behind a stove or something? Sometimes things go off to die behind stoves , refrigerators, furnaces, etc.

Nov 28, 2007 08:39 AM #6
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Sally Zatkoff
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Fairfax, VA
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Jennifer, Keep me posted on that. I will be curious to know what happens with that.
Nov 28, 2007 08:40 AM #7
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Gaylen Thornton
Desert Heritage Real Estate - Surprise, AZ
Some excellent tips for all area's of the country not just Northern Virginia.
Nov 28, 2007 08:48 AM #8
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Sally Zatkoff
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Fairfax, VA
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True! It applies to anywhere and in any market conditions too
Nov 28, 2007 10:04 AM #9
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Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Long Grove - Buffalo Grove, IL
Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes

Sally,

I have a thing about smells also, and I will have to leave a showing if it smells badly.  I'm upfront with the sellers also, bring plugins, candles, coffee beans, to get rid of the smell. 

Dec 18, 2007 11:27 PM #10
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