Selling Your Scottsdale Home

Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Throughout the holiday season, I've been communicating with a couple about selling a home in Scottsdale.  The home has been leased until just after Christmas this past year, so in need of repairs, clean up and the usual painting.  

Home in Scottsdale for sale

I've pushed the recycle bin to the curb, hauled yard waste to the trash can, and will be putting that can at the curb on trash day.  Surveying the home for repairs and reporting everything back to the seller, handyman, painter, landscaper, and pool man. 


Why would I be doing these things when someone else owns the home?  Because the sellers don't live in Arizona.  It's part of my service to assist out of state sellers, a common occurrence in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.  


So it was a complete surprise when the seller responded to the listing document with another list of demands, including: 


Communicate/coordinate all vendor repairs

The items on the list weren't outlandish and in fact, these are items I do regularly.  The list includes: 

Marketing the home

Holding open houses and providing a schedule of open houses

Taking professional high resolution photos and putting them on the MLS

Sharing the listing with Trulia, Zillow, and other online sources

Sharing to local publications

Professional flyers approved by seller

Bear the costs of marketing activities

Broker will not represent both buyer and seller.


I was speechless and not sure what he was thinking.  But then again, he's in another state.  So I emailed him and asked if he distrusted me.  Nope - he's just in another state and doesn't understand that this is part of my every day service and how I prepare and sell homes.    


After our discussion, the rest of my list was relayed to him, to include: 


Custom blog  (OF COURSE)

Vitual Tour

YouTube video

Reverse prospecting to agents with searches in place for this home

Broker tour in January

Sharing the listing on my office Coming Soon list

Discussing the home with agents in my office that market to this neighborhood


If you're looking for someone who goes the extra mile to market and sell a home, call me! 


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jan you made me laugh it is funny when Clients demand half of what we already do... Endre

Jan 03, 2017 10:47 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

It's interesting that the seller at least had some idea of what needed to happen! Good for you for adding to his list and going the extra mile.

Jan 04, 2017 03:42 AM #2
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jan, I bet he was pleasantly surprised when he saw you already do what he requested and MORE! I like that you asked if he distrusts you. Very honest and to the point, I'm sure he respects you even more for asking.

Jan 04, 2017 07:37 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Jan I had to smile as well as apparently this seller wasn't used to top notch service!  Congrats on the new listing! I like the way you handled the situation!

Jan 04, 2017 01:15 PM #4
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I'm glad to help you chuckle Endre Barath, Jr. !  And this seller used to be an attorney for Trulia - so you can imagine the bad listings he might have seen on the site! 

Thank you for commenting Kat Palmiotti !  It's funny what others' perceptions are of our business. 

Thank you Amanda S. Davidson .  I'm tired of the non-conversation so felt I had to ask since he put this in an email.  My initial frustration was that he wanted me to list those things on our employment agreement, which is ridiculous.  Anyone changing legal language on a form is asking for trouble! 

Thanks for your comments about this situation.  At first I was frustrated so I slept on the email then revisited it with lengthy explanations and telling him to visit my website for testimonials.  One of my testimonials is from a former Federal Prosecutor, neighbor.  I sold that house with him being on vacation, so if that seller trusted me I hoped he would too!  It worked because he picked up the phone and called me.  He's an attorney :)

Jan 04, 2017 01:21 PM #5
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