Sellers: You Don't Need to Babysit Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group S44645

Sellers:  You Don't Need to Babysit Your Home


One of the best reasons to hire a real estate professional is that the seller does not need to babysit their home.  What do I mean by babysit?


As a for sale by owner, the seller would need to be present for all showings with potential buyers and their agents.  The seller would also need to be there to allow access to the inspectors, appraiser, and contractors for repairs if any were required as a result of the inspections.  This can cause a lot of schedule juggling for a homeowner, especially in the summer if children and pets are in the home.  Imagine inspections during naptime or potential buyers that schedule a showing and then don't show up!


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When you hire an agent to represent you and your home, you are handing the keys over to someone else-Literally.  Their job is to make sure that you are not tied to your home.  The home inspectors have access through the lockbox so that you (the seller) can be gone during the inspections and not need to worry about how long the inspection will take if you need to get back to work or pick up the kids from daycare.  Appraisers are also able to access the lockbox saving the homeowner time as well.  Everyone that is a part of the transaction has the ability to access the key through a secure lockbox that records their entry to the home.  


Also, one of the best parts of having an agent to represent your home:  the buyers that come to look at your home are with an agent too! That means that your home is secure and that the buyers are already pre-approved to purchase a home at your price point.  


Hiring a professional to safely guard your most valuable asset is a smart decision that makes sense.  No need to worry about paperwork, or hosting open houses, or receiving phone calls at all hours of the day.  Your agent will be the one on the front lines!


If you are thinking about selling, remember: not all agents are equal.  There are many different types of real estate companies including flat fee to only MLS service to discount brokerage to full service brokerage.  The difference is the cost to you, not just in money but your time.  It is wise to interview agents from several different companies and ask your friends, family, or co-workers who they would recommend.  Some of my best clients have come from other people that had already worked with me in the past!


Keep smiling!







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Karen Feltman, REALTOR®, ABR, AHS, CHMS,                                                                      CNE,CRS, e-Pro, green, GRI, SRES, TRC

Keller Williams Legacy Group

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403


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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Karen. I never was much of a babysitter and this is sooooo focused for sellers.

Jun 13, 2018 06:58 AM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

If it’s staged well enough, you don’t need to babysit for sure! Right on the money!

Jun 25, 2018 09:49 PM #2
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Great post, well targeted and right on the money as well. An agent removes not just the baby sitting but also some of the emotion acting as a barrier to protect the seller from remarks and comments during showings, negotiations etc.

Jun 26, 2018 05:22 AM #4
Jake Donnelly
Liberty Home Mortgage - Independence, OH
Jake The Mortgage Guy - 440-781-8808

Exactly. Becuase of the hot market....the home should sell itself if its in the correct shape. Good point. 

Jun 26, 2018 05:36 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I totally agree, it's best to hand it over, keys and all, to an experienced agent.

Jun 26, 2018 06:09 AM #6
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Having worked lots of FSBO sellers lately, this is what i tell them all as well. Many do not realize the time an deffort they need with little results and lots of aggravation

Jun 26, 2018 06:27 AM #7
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker

And still some sellers will try and micromanage the agent and try and tell them how they should do their job. Relinquish control and let the agent do what you hired them to do - sell! Good post.

Jun 26, 2018 07:30 AM #8
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Great advantages to point out to potential sellers, many they've necer even considered.  Thanks for the great post Karen Feltman 

Jun 26, 2018 09:28 AM #9
L. Scott Ferguson
Ask4Ferguson - Your House-SOLD Name in Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Sunny Florida Real Estate Professional

Good points Karen, short and to the points.

Congratson your feature!




Jun 26, 2018 10:08 AM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

When sellers hand me the keys to a vacant house, that's the last time they have to visit that place. If the door locks jam, I call a locksmith and rekey. I don't bother my sellers with small details at all.

Jun 26, 2018 10:49 AM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Karen Feltman,

Congratulations on your featured post! You make some valid points..short..concise and to the point!

Jun 26, 2018 06:34 PM #12
Fred Dorsey
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Rockville, MD
Montgomery County Probate Expert

Nice lines - especially the one below:

If you are thinking about selling, remember: not all agents are equal.  

Jun 27, 2018 10:51 AM #13
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Great post, Karen! Lockboxes are such a great and important tool in our business - and the electronic ones record when someone goes in! Very good points for sellers to be aware of!

Jun 27, 2018 12:27 PM #14
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I've been in some FSBO properties where the seller just gives me the combo code and I go in on my own!  That's pretty risky!  Sellers need to realize the very real value of hiring an agent .

Jun 28, 2018 01:06 PM #16
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great information to present to Sellers. Especially, FSBO.

There are so many advantages to having a professional real estate agent represent in the selling of property.

Agents are responsible for the home during a showing and that should be a giant plus to the seller.

Thanks for a great post.

Jun 29, 2018 08:12 AM #17
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Smart post!  It's critical for a seller to trust an agent, knowing that you have their best interests at heart.  I've lost sales because a seller refused to leave and verbally turned down an offer during a showing!

Jun 30, 2018 12:24 PM #18
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Great advise for would be sellers, showing them one of the many bbebefits of hiring a pro to sell their home.

Jun 30, 2018 12:49 PM #19
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Most sellers are happy to get out of the house and let the real estate professionals do their job. Buyers are so uncomfortable looking through a sellers house if the seller happens to be at home. Even more so if the house is for sale by the owner. Trust me, buyers will NOT give their honest opinion of a house is the seller is present OR if there are cameras in the house. It is a deterrent to open conversation and it's best for the seller to be absent during showings.

Jul 11, 2018 03:37 PM #21
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