Selling Your Home - The Challenges of a Paranoid Seller

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC BK3064647

I affectionately call them paranoid sellers which may not be an accurate description at all.

Who are “they?”

  • They may be the sellers who will not allow an electronic lock box to be placed on their home.  
  • They may be the sellers who must have their real estate agent be present to “bird dog” any prospective buyers who view their home.
  • They may be the sellers who will not allow a sign to be placed out front because the neighbors may become nosy.

I am not exactly sure who “they” are but one thing I do know is…

“They” are not really interested in selling their home!

To sell your home it must be accessible to prospective buyers when they want to see it…even when you are going out of town for a long weekend!

Next weekend my out of town buyers will not be here or, if I am lucky, will have already placed an offer on a home we will see this Saturday!

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Gary L. Waters, is a Florida licensed real estate broker at  Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Melbourne, Florida serving Florida's Space Coast including the cities and surrounding communities of Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Suntree, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.

 Call or text me directly at 321-693-3850.



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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

You got it so right. I have a lot of problems with sellers wanting appointments scheduled the day before so they can "clean up".  I try to explain that they are better off to let us show because we may not get a second chance. Some listen,  some don't. 


Jun 21, 2012 12:47 AM #1
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Gary, the paranoid landlord is even worse - viewings by appointment are killing me on a rental listing!! All the best, Dave

Jun 21, 2012 01:09 AM #2
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Gary, This sounds very familiar with a listing I took several years is still for sale with another agent! *Suggested!

Jun 21, 2012 01:34 AM #3
Kim Gaston
FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Wishing you much success this Saturday with your buyers!

Jun 21, 2012 02:48 AM #4
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Betty - To clean up....what happened to staying show ready?

David - A paranoid landlord? No thanks!

Wanda - Thanks....some never learn!

Kim - Thanks...

Jun 21, 2012 04:05 AM #5
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Gary, I've met all of the above and agree.  They do not really want to sell their home.

Jun 21, 2012 09:48 PM #6
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

I totally agree with you, Gary.  I have folks over here that rent their places for season, do not want to disrupt their tenants so only want to place on the market in the summer when no one is here!

Jun 23, 2012 06:47 AM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good post and an excellent topic for conversation.  There will always be prospective home sellers with unrealistic expectations.

Jun 23, 2012 08:28 AM #8
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Hi Gary, I recently showed a property to a buyer that had a hovering seller. Unfortunately, my buyer walked in and turned around and walked right back out. She felt that she really did not get a chance to see the house.

Jun 25, 2012 04:56 AM #9
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Gabe - Thanks..they just want to play in the market, for sure.
Christine - Seems logical doesn't it? Thanks.
Roy - Another always, thanks!
Sandy - The hovering seller...eventually they learn - or expire!

Jun 25, 2012 10:41 PM #10
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Gary, this is so true! And then they wonder why their home hasn't sold...just read this post to find out why!


Jun 26, 2012 01:54 PM #11
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That's the truth, so there. Good point, Gary. They really don't want to sell and I don't waste my time with those restrictions.

Jun 27, 2012 09:27 PM #12
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, GAry!  I included this post in Last Week's Favorites.  Have a great week.

Jul 01, 2012 01:29 AM #13
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Patricia - Thanks so much for the inclusion. Hope you survived all the storms in your area!

Toni - Thanks.  KNowing when we are wasting time is the result of experience. There will always be agents getting the experience!

Frank and Sharon - Thanks.  And even when you tell them why they do not believe but rather hire another agent!

Jul 01, 2012 02:39 AM #14
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The paranoid sellers I recently ran into with my buyers on a 100 degree day did allow a lockbox on their door, but required we call for a special code that I had to use AFTER inputting my own Sentrilock card code.  It didn't work.  My buyers were melting.  The listing agent gave me what for about how I didn't know how to use the lockbox.  Meanwhile, it was the wrong code.  (gasp)  I don't think we need layers of security to show homes.  It's ridiculous.  And because of the unpleasant experience of waiting twnety minutes in the heat to be let in to the home, despite the fact it was PERFECT for my buyers, it never made the cut.

Jul 01, 2012 04:49 AM #15
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Chris - I have never heard of that extra code being used...guess that would qualify as UP...ultra paranoid!

Jul 01, 2012 06:08 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gary- I remember staging a home for the sweetest lady who had been a Realtor about 40 years ago.  She began listing the restrictions she had for showing.... the curtain must be closed, she would stay to answer questions and provide imput, and her dog would be around as well.... I felt so sorry for the Realtor! 

Jul 01, 2012 12:39 PM #17
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Not the sellers I want to work with, that's for sure. Whatever their reasons for doing these things, it will limit the possibility for a sale.

Jul 01, 2012 01:42 PM #18
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Gary - This makes it difficult for all parties - the seller, the buyer and both agents.

Jul 01, 2012 03:26 PM #19
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