6 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home

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6 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home

There are many ways to make sure you sell your home, but here are my 6 ways to NOT sell your home. That's right. If you want to make sure your home never sells, there are easy ways to do that. Here are the most common 6 ways to NOT sell your home that I see regularly.

Never listen to your Realtor. Talk to all of your friends, family members and co-workers who have sold homes in the past, think back on the home you sold 10 years ago, read blogs from people who have sold homes and completely ignore the advice of a seasoned real estate professional who sells homes everyday, who knows the market inside-out, and who keeps up with the latest market trends.

Don't worry about cleaning your house. Give it that lived in look and feel. Leave the 6 Ways to NOT Sell Your Homecounters covered with stuff. Let the trash run over. Leave the potty lid up. Throw your clothes on the bedroom floor. Don't dust, sweep or mop. People can imagine living there without that extra effort on your part.

Make it hard to show. Buyers are flexible. So what if the showing schedule is from 10-2 on Saturday only? It's worth it. I actually saw that recently. The listing showing schedule was one day a week with a four-hour window, and it required a 24 hour notice.

Leave your aggressive dog loose in the house. Everybody loves dogs, right? He's more bark than bite. And while you're leaving the aggressive dog loose in the house, be sure to ignore the litter box. People love kitties. Facebook proves that. They won't mind.

Don't make repairs, paint or upgrade anything. After all, buyers are just going to paint when they move in, and they fork over the big bucks for granite counters and new appliances. Besides, they probably have their own appliances already.

List it for 40% more than any similar house in your market. You know quality, and your house is top of the line. Buyers will be happy to pay more than the appraisal because it is just that good.

Now, of course I'm being facetious, but you get the point. If there were 6 ways not to sell your home, you'd want to do the opposite. Before you list, you may consider taking a look at a few listed homes to see what others have done to make their homes more appealing to the buying public.

And above all else, call the Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., to get your home listed and sold. We are your local real estate sales pros.

6 Ways to NOT Sell Your Home

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Mike, you've pretty much checked all of the boxes with this post!  And any dog running loose is a bad idea, even a sweet, adorable Labradoodle.

Aug 11, 2016 03:41 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Mike, these are sure ways not to sell one's home. I received an email this morning from a homeowner whom I interviewed with for a listing last weekend letting me know there's a new listing in his subdivision. My suggested list price on his home was $177,000, this new listing which is a FSBO is $225,000 so now he is questioning my suggested price...sure way to get stale and eventually expire.

Aug 11, 2016 03:44 AM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mike - Yep. Like most of us who experience these things, I can attest that they will all contribute greatly to the successful conclusion of a non-sale.

Aug 11, 2016 06:20 AM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Mike.  Hmm, just any one of those will do the trick. 

Aug 11, 2016 07:52 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Great list of no-nos if you want the house to sell! 

I had a seller who was the worst with allowing showings. The listing expired. I didn't try to relist it.

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