The Four Deadly Sins That Block Offers

Reblogger Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Real Estate Agent with Lethbridge Real Estate.com

This is a great post by a Realtor from Dallas.  Whether you are trying to sell a home in Lethbridge Alberta, or in Dallas, Texas, you need to avoid these 4 things if you are trying to sell your home.

Original content by Tom Branch TX Broker 0513551

Avoiding the Wrath of the Four Deadly SinsIt’s been a crazy early spring sales season in North Texas so far. Inventories are at near record lows and buyers are pouncing on almost every new listing. Many sellers are enjoying multiple offers in a matter of days. That said, there are listings that just will not sell leaving those sellers looking for answers.

There are four deadly sins that block offers and the good news is that sellers can avoid their wrath and get their home sold!

Cleanliness and Odors

There almost nothing worse than walking into a showing only to find the home is a mess, there are some really strong odors, or both. I love to cook but not everybody appreciates the smell of caramelized onions in balsamic vinegar or the smell of the cat’s litter box! Part of selling a home is to create emotion. Taking the time or spending a few hundred dollars to have the home deep cleaned is money well spent.

Clutter and Too Much Furniture

Many of us simply outgrow our homes and we are looking to sell in order to purchase a larger home. When your home is cluttered or has way too much furniture it makes the home look small and dark. Both of these turn off buyers and block offers. Want to know how it is supposed to look? Visit some new home builders model homes and try to do it yourself. Our best advice is to hire a stager. We think it’s so important that we pay for two hours of consultation with one of the best stagers in the area for our listing clients.

Deferred Maintenance

While you may have tolerated that dripping faucet for the past four years, it really sends the wrong message to potential buyers. While most people understand that a home has been lived in, lots of deferred maintenance will have them running for the door. Take some time to lubricate squeaking doors, replace the flapper valves on the running toilet, and repair that dripping faucet. Many of these tasks can be completed by the sellers or a local handyman.

Grossly Overpriced

If you do not feel like dealing with the first three sins, you can make up for it here by correctly pricing the home. Want top dollar? You need to have the home properly prepared, staged, and show-ready. If you don’t want to do these things, you can always reduce the price to offset.

There you go. As sellers you always have a choice. Our advice: avoid the four deadly sins and get your home sold quickly and for top-dollar

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Rainer
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John & Irma Nelson
San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty - San Antonio, TX
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those are definitely things that will block offers for sure!! Thanks for sharing those with us and have an awesome weekend

Mar 07, 2013 09:56 AM #1
Rainer
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Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
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Nice list but there is more such as be available for showings & do not interact with the buyers.

Mar 07, 2013 10:17 AM #2
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Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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number 4 is the greatest over the last few months, and funny enough sellers do it to themselves!

Mar 07, 2013 10:18 AM #3
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Jennifer:  These are four very typical reasons that block offers.  Unfortunately, even in hot, seller's markets, we see more examples of this than we should.

In a market like this... most properties will sell, as the post described, but only if they are presented to the market properly.  Nice post.

Mar 07, 2013 01:19 PM #4
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Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
Lethbridge Real Estate.com - Lethbridge, AB
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Hi Jimmy,

You are right about the being able for showings.  If you are not willing to get out of your house for a showing, then you are likely not that motivated to sell it.

 

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