Getting a new listing is always exciting to me because there is so much to find out about this home in order to show it off to its best advantage. And that includes, of course, putting lots of photos on the Multiple Listing Service because buyers are hungry to shop online.
But over and above doing what we listing agents/brokers do best, which is to put the home's best foot forward, is to have a great seller who gets very enthusiastic about the sales process. And this seller needs to have that enthusiasm funneled to help with the overall process.
My newest enthusiastic seller is helping in the following ways:
1. Rented a storage unit and hired a U-haul truck, got a bunch of friends together, and is emptying out that home of anything that she doesn't immediately need.
2. Cleaned up the yard and trimmed bushes etc. so it looks very well cared for.
3. Cleaned the exterior walls of all spiderwebs--yes, we do get them this time of year--and washed all the windows.
4. Cleaned the interior of the house after all the stuff was moved to the storage unit.
5. Is available to have the home shown with only 1 hours notice--sometimes less. With the house not being vacant and on lockbox, this is the next best thing.
My newest client even took it further, she's like a little dynamo taking my flyers and is handing them out at her work and every other place she goes to.
This client wants to be involved in the sales process and I let her. Cooperation is at a maximum and you can't ask for anything better from your seller. With her added energy, I have no doubt we will be in escrow in no time.
Other agents might say, "leave the selling process to me," but I welcome the enthusiasm.
Why do I even bring this up, you might say?
Many sellers don't want their everyday life to change during the process, waiting until the last moment to move their stuff. They also set restrictions on when the home can be shown. Some sellers want to actually be at the showings (a no, no for me), or hound me for "feedback" the moment the prospective buyer has left. Some sellers want to know who has come to view their home, getting way too involved in who the next owner might be; outside of their qualification to purchase the home, that's not something he should get into. I guess what I'm saying is there is a "good" way to be enthusiastic and a "not helpful" way to be involved in the sales process.
MY LATEST SELLER CLIENT IS ALSO AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO WORK WITH BECAUSE SHE TAKES DIRECTION.