Ten Things Your REALTOR® May Not Want to Hear
I say "May Not" want to hear because every REALTOR® is different. The following ten statements are things that other agents I "hang" with and I agreed were our top ten least favorite things to hear from sellers & buyers.
"I don't want to give it away" - I do not want you to "Give" your property away either, but I cannot control the market. If you really need or want to sell your property, it is worth what it is worth, no matter how much you paid for it or put into the property. If you can wait to sell... maybe you should.
"I'm gonna need at least 24 hours notice for any showings." - Often, other agents or potential buyers will request a showing from the driveway. Believe me, I totally understand how difficult it is sometimes to "disappear" from your home. I sold my first home with five cats, a dog and a 6 week old baby (I am stressed just thinking about it). The easier you make it to show, the more likely someone will see it and fall in love. Ask for a few minutes and be willing to go for a walk or a drive around the neighborhood. Also know, that most agents prefer to give you notice, but it's not always possible.
"My cousin's boyfriend is a REALTOR® on the opposite side of the world, and he said Blah, blah, blah..." - I'm sure your cousin's boyfriend is an excellent REALTOR®, but real estate is totally LOCAL. Real Estate laws and procedures differ in each state, the forms are different and the markets are different. Things that work in California do not necessarily work in North Carolina. Of course, as your REALTOR®, I am happy to hear any suggestions or feedback.
"You will need to be present for ALL Showings!" - There are certain situations where I do not mind this request. For the most part, I try to avoid being present for showings. Not only can it prevent the buyer and their agent from being "comfortable", but there will be times where I am not available to be there. I do not want you to miss potential showings & offers because I am with another client, in a meeting, home sick or out of town.
"We Do not HAVE to sell, so we want to price it high" - If you price the property too high, you are wasting time..... Yours and Mine. If you don't "Have" to sell your property, maybe you should hang on to it for awhile and wait for the market value to increase.
"We don't really want to put the house on the market, but if you have someone looking, we'd consider selling." - I will put your "non-Listing" in the back of my mind because one day, a buyer may come along that is a perfect match for your house. I will not however put it above other listings that are actual listings. I have an obligation to my other sellers to market and sell their properties. They have signed a contract with me and I work for them. When you really want to put the house on the market, I'll be happy to market & sell it for you.
"We cannot buy for a couple of years, but would love to start looking" - I certainly do not mind showing you around a few communities so you can decide which area to focus on once you are ready to buy. I also do not mind sending you tons of information about the area and setting up a portal for you so you can start following prices and different options. Things can change quite a bit in real estate in a couple of years. Prices, Days on Market, Your wants and Needs. Once you are ready, you will have all the information you need to start viewing and get Serious!
"We aren't sure what type of property we want or where we want to live, so we'd like to look at every condo, townhome and single family residential listing in the County." - You really need to narrow down your search and decide what type of property and the area you are interested in early on. Otherwise, you will be looking FOREVER! I will share everything I know about each town/area to help you decide "where" you want to be and then we can start our search.
"Thank you so much for showing us property all day. I think we would rather rent.... do you think any of the sellers would consider renting their property." - If you want to rent a home vs. buying a home, please be honest upfront. More often than not, sellers are not interested in renting. They would place the property on the rental market if they wanted a tenant. In fact, in our company, we talk to our sellers at the time of listing and ask if they would be interested in renting should the question come up. As long as you are honest with me from the get go... I will be happy to ask my sellers if they would consider renting.
"We were looking on Zillow and all the information you entered about our property is incorrect." - Trust me, this is one of the most irritating thing for me some days. We can edit, call, email, protest, etc. for the rest of our lives and the information may still be incorrect on Zillow. I do have a profile on Zillow where I can add listings and the information will be correct... for a while. Unfortunately, Zillow is well known for inaccurate information. I do not know where they get a lot of their information, but it is not from me. Always let me know when you see incorrect data and I will do my best to fix it. Please know tho'.... it's not always possible. When it comes to our website and our Local Multiple Listing Service, I have control so please, please, please let me know if I've made a mistake.