Words of encouragement to home sellers

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Selling a home can be difficult. Here are just a few of the real challenges sellers can face.

 

When a showing is happening in 5 minutes, and the house is spotless. All the lights are on and everything looks great. So you put on your shoes and remember one last thing that needs to be done. So you run into the office to take care of that thing and you notice your shoes were full of mud. And now there is dirt all over the floor. So you run to the door, take the shoes off, clean everything and get ready to run out the door... and then you notice....

 

A family member just used the john. And, um, there was a big deposit made, which stinks to high heaven. OMG! Now what? You get the Febreeze out, do a few sprays, open the bathroom window, and just hope it clears out by the time the buyers get there. You hope they don't think there is a septic problem going on.

 

Words of encouragement to home sellersOr you come home exactly at the end of the scheduled showing and as you pull near the house, you see the potential buyers pull in. They are obviously late, but you certainly can't cause a scene. You want to sell that house! So you pull into a nearby road to wait for them to finish. They are in the house about 15 minutes, and they come out and stand in the driveway talking. It's a half hour past the very latest time they were supposed to leave, you really need to use your bathroom, and they're still chatting. I can empathize!

 

Or you just dusted the house TWO DAYS ago, and everything is covered in dust again. OMG, where does this stuff come from? You've never "Pledged" or "Windexed" this often, but you have GOT to keep on top of it. What if someone wants to see your home? It has to look perfect.

 

And then there are the constant questions from family members about "where is such and such?" because in your quest to "de-clutter" you hid half your stuff away. Why would someone want olive oil? Or the toaster oven? Why would they all of a sudden need the boots they haven't worn in six months? You can't wait until everything is back to its normal place!

 

Words of encouragement to home sellersAnd what about that buyer feedback? You get feedback that indicates the potential buyers loved the inside of the house but hated the outside. Are they kidding? You spent years getting that yard in the shape it's in. They have no idea how much time and effort it took to make it look as good as it does! What do they mean they don't like it? Or the ones who love the outside but not the inside. You just spent three months "decluttering" and painting and it looks a million times better than it did! What's not to like? Believe me, I get it!

 

Or you get no feedback. You had to clean the entire house and get it ready for buyers, run out for an hour to do something else, come back, and they can't even tell you what they thought? Did they like it? Did they hate it? OMG!

 

Or you get yet another showing request. Wow, that's great!!! You're happy, so of course you say yes. And then you realize, what the heck am I going to do for another hour where I can't be home? Another hike? Another walk? More errands? The library? What a PITA! You have to waste time doing something other than the something you'd like to be doing. How frustrating.

 

The bottom line, if you are a seller, I know the job of selling can be a pain in the butt. It takes a lot of time and energy. Because I empathize, I will do whatever I can do to make this process easier for you. The real goal is to get your home sold simply. Call me. Let's come up with a plan to get you onto the next phase of your life with as little disruption as possible. Selling your home can certainly be a pain in the butt, but together we can make it work.

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

www.thehousekat.com

 

406-270-3667 (MT) and 914-419-0270 (NY)

 

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Hannah Williams
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What a great post. Loved this story. almost felt like the seller. Good writing Kat Palmiotti  Thanks Kathy Streib  as I missed this post 

Mar 31, 2019 11:04 AM #23
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you for commenting, Sheila Anderson - Selling a house is a job!

Hello again Will Hamm - Yes, I appreciate Kathy's sharing!

Most people don't have maids to help, Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! , so it can certainly be a lot of work to sell!

Mar 31, 2019 01:58 PM #24
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Kat Palmiotti
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I agree, Sharon Tara - There's a lot to learn from doing it!

Thanks Hannah Williams for your comments! I appreciate them.

Mar 31, 2019 01:59 PM #25
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Marney Kirk
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Kat, this is a great post. I just talked to a seller today who is getting ready to sell, and these are similar things I said to them. Pain in the butt is true! I tell them that selling their house is hard!

Mar 31, 2019 06:02 PM #26
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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That was a very entertaining bunch of scenarios!  Good way to prepare sellers for the ups and downs of just the showings.

Mar 31, 2019 07:00 PM #27
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Kat Palmiotti
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Marney Kirk - Selling a house IS hard, I agree! I wish your seller an easy sale.

There certainly are ups and downs, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 !

Apr 01, 2019 02:59 AM #28
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Roy Kelley
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This is excellent advice to share with home sellers. 

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 01, 2019 05:07 AM #29
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Kat, very funny and spot on!

Apr 02, 2019 07:01 AM #30
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I hope your week is wonderful also Roy Kelley !

Thank you for reading and commenting, Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate !

Apr 02, 2019 07:22 AM #31
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Hi Kat:

What a clever, entertaining way to present the many issues that can, and do, come up when selling a home. I had a listing not too long ago with a huge list of showingss (I had to let people in) and the seller ran off without cleaning up a few dog piles in the back yard...one of agents mentioned it, since she stepped in the wrong place...but her clients bought the house!!

Jeff

Apr 02, 2019 04:54 PM #32
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Shirley Coomer
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Great job covering the dilemma of a home seller!  It is often difficult for sellers to hear that a potential buyer didn't like an aspect of their "home" they love.  Especially after they have done everything they could to make the house welcoming for the potential buyers!  It is definitely a challenging process!

Apr 03, 2019 06:29 AM #33
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Kat Palmiotti
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Jeff Dowler, CRS - It's great to hear a little gunk on the shoe didn't scare away that buyer!

Thank you Shirley Coomer - Sometimes it might be better to get NO feedback!

Apr 03, 2019 06:37 AM #34
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Peter den Boer
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I laughed because what you outlined in your blog is repeated every day by sellers across the country. The new IBuyers, advertising that they can save the seller all this hastle if they will just sell directlt to them, have tapped into these sellers fears.

Apr 03, 2019 07:00 AM #35
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It's always something! Welcome to our world, right Kat? 

Apr 04, 2019 05:52 AM #36
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Kat Palmiotti
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Peter den Boer - Sellers do want a simpler process (and also want to get top dollar!)

Carol Williams - Exactly, welcome to our world!

Apr 04, 2019 07:37 AM #37
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Anne Corbin
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And I feel sorry for sellers who get the house ready for that scheduled showing and then the call comes in that the potential buyers have bailed! Such a disappointment to the seller.

Apr 06, 2019 08:11 AM #38
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
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Really enjoyed this blog Kat--made me smile.  All of these scenerios are so familar to sellers.  They have to understand their home is  a product and try to keep emotion out of the transaction.

Apr 06, 2019 01:17 PM #39
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Kat Palmiotti
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So true, Anne Corbin - I was showing a house yesterday and the seller was telling me that he had several agents/buyers just not show up. That's so rude.

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - And keeping emotion out of the transaction is often difficult!

Apr 07, 2019 03:09 AM #40
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Susan McCall, Loving the Northwest
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Yup the sellers want to know what the buyers thught about their home.  Let's pretend you are in Nordstroms and the sales associate asks you how you like something.  What do you say?  Most people don't say anything.  The same with buyers looking at listings.  When I show a home and often times get a request for feedback before I have made it down the street I have decided for the future to reply:  Thanks for the showing. No comment. Many reasons for this response.

Apr 07, 2019 11:24 PM #41
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Funny list of scenarios that happen all too often to sellers.     As a buyers' agent I try to remember not to chat in the driveway of an occupied home!

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