Challenge: Mistakes Sellers Make That Could Cost Them a Sale

Reblogger Kathy Streib
Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Bob is just giving the points to us this time!  Well, not really but in this Challenge, we all will have some kind of entry.  Posts must be submitted by Sunday, January 19th, but there is no minimum word count.  

Write your post, and leave a link to it in the comment section below. Please leave your comments at the original post.   And, don't forget, yes points are involved but I think we can all benefit from the information.  

Original content by Bob Stewart

this stinksYou show up with your buyers, a lovely young couple looking to buy their first home together. Immediately upon entering the front door the overpowering smell of last nights dinner consumes every inch of available air. The husband spins on his heels and makes an immediate exit.

"Let me know if you like it, I'll be waiting out here trying to regain my sense of smell" he says from the recently retreated to sidewalk.

Or you are getting ready to list a new beauty with sweeping views of the lake. It has to be on the market by Monday. Sure, it's Sunday night and you just signed the listing agreement, but it was contingent on having the home on the market the next day. These sellers just can't wait! You promise to have their home in the MLS and 'on the market' the next day. You'll circle back on Wednesday and shoot some great pictures of the home to use in your marketing.........

Too late! When that listing hits the MLS tomorrow it will be sent out to thousands of potential buyers via the MLS IDX feed. By Monday at noon the listing will have been passed over by thousands of potential buyers because there are no pictures. You may never get another chance to get that listing in front of those prospects. 

You guys see these things every day.

Overpricing a listing is not the only thing a seller can do to hinder the sale of their home. So tell us, what mistakes do sellers make that cost them money, time, and possibly the sale of their home?

Our next crowdsourcing webinar will share the ideas you give us as to the mistakes sellers should look to avoid when getting ready to list, or when having their home listed. 

How Can You Share Your Advice?

In a blog post, share with us one example or story of a mistake you've seen sellers make that could have cost them money, time or ultimately the sale of their home. And of course, we'd love if you'd also share the remedy, if there is one. 

All entries in this crowdsourced challenge will be given 1000 points.

In order to enter, just leave a link to your blog post in the comment section of this blog post.

In order to qualify for the 1000 points, please submit your posts by Sunday, January 19th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Register to join us next Thursday, January 23rd at 10am Pacific Time as we crowdsource some of the worst mistakes sellers can make in a webinar that compiles your best examples and stories. 

Bob Stewart
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Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Missed this. I'll have to enter. I've got the idea. Came to me right away.

Jan 14, 2014 04:17 AM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

A light Bulb just went off in my head


Jan 14, 2014 04:20 AM #2
Anja Kerstens
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real

Thanks for sharing this challenge; I too missed it. It is a very easy one. We all have been there. The challenge can be to pick the right story.

Jan 14, 2014 05:07 AM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

This will be fun and cathartic.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Jan 14, 2014 06:10 AM #4
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

Thanks for sharing this Kathy,I just did mine. 

Jan 14, 2014 07:41 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This should be an easy challege for most of the ActiveRain members. Thanks for sharing the information.

Jan 14, 2014 08:10 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Kathy,

Fun challenge! Thanks for the re-blog. We all have our stories and this one I can think of several. Off to create a post for the challenge!

Jan 14, 2014 11:05 AM #7
Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona - Orlando, FL
Keller Williams Land Division Specialist

THis one is easy for me... stand by for blog to come.  

Jan 14, 2014 11:59 AM #8
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning, Kathy. Wow! I can think of several posts to write that cover this topic. Thanks for the heads up!

Jan 14, 2014 06:03 PM #9
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Kathy.  Thanks for the heads up on this challenge.

Jan 14, 2014 07:26 PM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is what we write about anyways...should be very easy for the stagers to participate!

Jan 15, 2014 12:58 AM #11
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Kathy ...I just submitted mine ...This was a great challenge! Very nice re-blog!


Jan 15, 2014 05:43 AM #12
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Kathy, thank you so much for sharing. I couldn't keep quiet this time LOL. Did submit what bothers me the most.

Jan 15, 2014 10:50 AM #13
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