We do not want our neighbors to know we are selling?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

What do you say when a Home Seller tells you they do not want the neighbors to know their Manchester NH area home is for sale. I asked WHY? They told me they do not get a long and they are the reason they are moving.


There was more to the story and I pondered if I really wanted to know it. In the mean time it was my job to tell them why we use for sale signs on the front line. Basically we want the whole world to know their home is for sale. The more people that know, the more potential buyers there is. The more potential buyers means more potential offers.


Mr. Seller was not having it. He told me that another agent was suppose to list the home but insisted on a sign. They walked away because the seller refused a sign. That was extreme and I knew I can sell this home. I did accept this listing and no, we did not put a sign. The funny part is once the home is put in MLS, it syndicates into Zillow and every other real estate site. That means the neighbor most likely will know. And... of they dont see an ad, they will see the many buyers who I start showing the home to. 



The story had a happy ending, I got 3 offers in 2 days. The neighbor did come over during one of the showings and asked abut an open house. Well we sold before an opon house, so that story will wait for a part 2. 



In the end my job was to let the seller know the pros an con of their choices. They understood and I did what they wanted. They were happy with my choice and even more happy i sold the home. 



Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.


To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .


About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 




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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I dont get it when they want to do that Sheila Anderson , but al i can do s tell them the pros and cons and make the best of what i have to deal with to get the home sold

May 28, 2019 05:23 AM #14
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Yes indeed Michael Jacobs and i did my jpb my letting them know both sides, then in the end, doing what makes them happy and getting the sale

May 28, 2019 05:23 AM #15
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Exactly Nina Hollander and that is the way i look at it too. 

May 28, 2019 05:24 AM #16
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Thank you Kathy Streib, yes that is the way i see things and taking care of the client is #1 

May 28, 2019 05:25 AM #17
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I have had sellers like that Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP and have one now, who prefers to meet all buyers. It scares most buyers out of the home. It was an expired listing and i got it. Now after 1 talk with the seller, i am needing to go for talk #2 why he should not be there

May 28, 2019 05:27 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                             Thank you, Scott

Jun 01, 2019 06:30 PM #19
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Godzyk congratulations on your sale...on occasion we will have a seller who does NOT want a sign.... we take it.... we sell it.... and the sign never goes up....

Jun 02, 2019 04:50 AM #20
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Scott Godzyk - I have heard that one before and frankly I don't understand.  They are moving anyway.  Who cares?

Jun 02, 2019 06:27 AM #21
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Odd that the Neighbor inquired about an Open House was one of my takes. Friendly Neighbor situation meant Neighbor would already have been there before! Made me also wonder if the Seller said NO to a lot of things but then toned it down by the time you came around. Happy Ending

Jun 02, 2019 09:06 AM #22
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Scott good thing this was in a sellers market visualize this same situation in 2009:) congratulation on the multiple offers, Endre

Jun 02, 2019 09:59 PM #23
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Congratulations on a speedy sale, even without a sign. I would have listed without a sign as well.

Jun 03, 2019 04:16 AM #24
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

So glad Kathy Streib featured this had been meaning to read it but did not get around to it. I always learn so much from your posts and as I have said before love your writing style.

Jun 03, 2019 07:33 AM #25
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I am going to sell my other property and I plan not to advertise it other than MLS.

Jun 03, 2019 08:23 AM #26
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I interviewed with a seller like that once. She also didn't want anyone showing up at her house with real estate signs on their car. I could have lived with that, but she also wanted to list FAR above market value.

This was in a time before our MLS had gone on line, so the agent she chose did have a job to do in promoting that house without letting anyone know it was for sale!

Jun 03, 2019 07:15 PM #27
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

I'll agree to most terms and conditions a seller demands except when their list price is out of bounds. Then it's time to walk away.

Jun 03, 2019 11:12 PM #28
Terry McCarley
REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL - Cape Coral, FL

I had one seller like this several years ago.  The reason they did not want a sign in the yard was because they were having to do a short sale and they were embarrassed about it.  I even had to instruct agents to show in unmarked vehicles (no magnetic signs etc...).  Fortunately the very first buyer that looked at it fell in love with it and all went smooth.  We closed and the neighbors never realized the house was being sold until the sellers moved out

Jun 04, 2019 05:48 AM #29
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Let them know the pros and cons and it is their decision. Surprised the other agent walked, but it was his/her choice. We all have choices. Congrats on the fast sale.

Jun 04, 2019 07:52 AM #30
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Scott:

I think you handled their concerns well by letting them know the pros and cons of their choice,but ultimately doing what they wanted...and it sounds like not having a sign made no difference! Congratulations to you and your seller.


Jun 05, 2019 07:56 AM #31
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

You were following the wishes of your client and that's what is important.  I hope the new owners get along with the neighbors!

Jun 05, 2019 09:48 AM #32
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Even when the situation is not ideal, a professional agent that knows the market can get the transaction closed.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jun 10, 2019 11:49 AM #33
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