What Are The Biggest Mistakes that Home Sellers Make?

Real Estate Agent with DWELL REAL ESTATE BK3105105

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If your home has been languishing on the market, you might want to take a look at the most common reasons for homes not selling and if one or more of them apply to yours, you need to take immediate steps to remedy them.  Being overpriced is usually the most common of the reasons for a home to stay on the market for an inordinate amount of time but the stumbling block I am constantly tripping over is the inability to show homes easily to my prospective buyers.

Many times it is the seller who has put prohibitive restrictions on the hours and days that the home is allowed to be shown or they request 24-48 hours advance notice which discourages many buyers who are only in town for that period of time.  

The most challenging is the requirement that the showing be "lister accompanied."  This means that the agent who has listed the home must be present for each and every showing.  Trying to coordinate a time when the buyers, the listing agent and the selling agent can all be present is difficult at best and if I am showing several homes to my buyers that day, I have no control how long they are going to spend at each one.  Trying to arrive at a specific time is a pressure that I do not need to put upon my buyers and if three or four of the five homes require the listing agent to be there, it takes alot of the joy out of the showings.

Most buyers do not like to have the other agent in the home while they are trying to see it and make comments to each other about what they think of.  It's kind of like having your parents with you on a date and all you can think of is how quickly you can get out!  So, although all these mistakes can be costly for you, lister accompany is my biggest obstacle to overcome when trying to show your home!



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Comments (4)

Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Marnie, I do not like being shadowed when showing. In fact in most cases I don't like the seller to be in the house. How is a buyer supposed to look freely and make his comments and questions?

Jan 28, 2014 10:24 AM
Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Marnie, perhaps these statistics should be i the form of a color-coded pie chart with all the colors over-lapping.

Jan 28, 2014 11:23 AM
Eric Galuppo
Real Estate Rev - More Leads Means More Revenue

If I were a buyer, I don’t like an agent to accompany me while checking the home. It’s kind of irritating. (LOL) But I know it's part of the job. 

Jan 29, 2014 05:40 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I heard it before that 70 % of all listed properties are overpriced. So, why sellers are so upset when the house does not have any showings/offers/activity? We are not magicians...

May 29, 2014 05:36 PM