A Trick to Help Prepare Home Sellers in Sacramento

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

When I promise my potential sellers that I will never leave them wondering about what is happening with the sale of their home, I mean it. I don't promise things I don't mean. It means I know what it's like to have your home on the market. Every day you wonder: will it sell today? Will the buyers who just toured my home want to make an offer?

Part of my job is to relay this information to the seller and to keep the seller informed. The worst email I could ever receive would be from a seller telling me they haven't heard from me in a long time and wanted an update. OK, second worse email. Worst would be somebody dying. Or maybe Mt. Hood Winery closing.

But I try to set expectations with my sellers. One of the ways to set an expectation is to discuss the approximate length of time it takes to sell a home. How long will it take their home to sell is a question an agent should be able to answer. It's not based entirely on market conditions. The answer to that question lies in the home sale history.

You can read more in my personal blog about that bit of information at this link: Search Your Home Sale History Before Listing in Sacramento.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Elizabeth... when I provide my Action Plan To Sell A Home to my prospective sellers, I always tell them part of its purpose is to make sure they always know what's happening with their home before, during, and after the listing/sale process. Had a call from a seller just the other day represented by another agent in my firm (I'm representing the buyer), who told me that unless he called me to get an update he had no idea where things stood.... not good, if you ask me.

Jul 11, 2018 06:46 AM #1
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, listing a home is a lot more than entering it into MLS and wait for the offers to roll in. It's our obligation to keep our sellers informed of everything that involves the sale of their home from beginning to end. 

Jul 11, 2018 07:51 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Nina Hollander That is the problem when we work with other agents and we end up talking with their clients.

Jul 11, 2018 06:20 PM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Beth Atalay Sometimes I think my sellers are tired of hearing from me, but they never are.

Jul 11, 2018 06:21 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

That pretty much sums up what the client wants. They want information and to know what is happening and what is going to happen.

Jul 11, 2018 07:20 PM #5
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, you are a very wise Sacramento REALTOR, and setting expectations are good upfront, and always keeping them updated.

Jul 12, 2018 05:46 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Elizabeth-one of the advantages of working with an experienced local agent such as yourself is that you are better able to guide them through the selling process. You are aware of what is selling and what may take longer. 

Jul 12, 2018 09:49 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

There's no question that good communication is a vital part of any real estate transaction.

Jul 12, 2018 03:10 PM #8
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