Sell my home right away but do it without bringing buyers inside

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

Yes you read that correct. A home seller wants to list as she needs to sell. But does not want any buyers coming through her house until the virus is over. It would be a pretty big trick, even for me I told her. She said she saw my "virtual tours" and heard from a couple of neighbors that I was the one to list with.


She went on and on for over an hour without me getting to say anything. I understood her fear. I had some thoughts, but she would need to listen to me if we were to get this moving. Her house is only a year old. I know this very desired area well. The value is pretty straight forward. I came up with 3 marketing plans we could use to sell the home. If she wants to list, i can relay the options and list the pros and cons. 


The first plan taking into account her request for no buyers to go inside was far fetched. Chances are that no buyer will pay full price without seeing the home in person. Even with the best video resources. Investors would jump on it for a big discount. The hard truth is her fear of the virus would cost her fifty thousand dollars plus. There may be better options.


Option 2 was to see if she had the ability to move now and allow me to sell the home vacant. That way should would not be affected by showings. A home in this area and with my marketing plan would have about 10 buyers come through the first day. Spacing them out, taking pre cautions and using masks and gloves, would protect everyone. We solicit the best offer from each buyer and get 2 hand fulls of hours within the first 2 days.


Option 3 is her staying in the home, and allowing me to show the home. She would not be home. Buyers and agents would use gloves and masks. All lights on and doors open so buyers do not have to touch anything, even with gloves. All showings would be assisted. The seller was very uncomfortable with anyone coming in her home. She wont even go outside she said.  



IN SUMMARY, this was no easy decision for this seller. She asked to find a buyer without anyone looking. She would give up $50,000 to sell to a cash buyer without anyone coming in and her not having to leave. In good conscience this should not be a thought i told her. She bought this home which was her husbands dream home. Not hers. He passed soon after. The stories just got sadder. She wants a new home all on one floor. This is a 2 story Colonial. She loves a new neighborhood down the road where she has friends. She has cash and could purchase a home, move in and then sell this home vacant. That was the plan. She thanked me for not telling her she "was crazy." Those were her words as her daughter has been harsh responding to her fears. She would have to go outside to see this home. Maybe she should wait she said. 


IN THE END she got a call from her son. The son had already called me for an update.  He agreed they should find her a new home. Get her moved in and let me sell this home. He thanked me for being nice and offering good advice to his mother. He told me she really likes me and baked some cookies that i should pick up on her porch. That she will let him go look at the new home and if he likes it, lets buy it. That maybe she is ready to go out if she could get "a pretty mask" not one of those hospital masks.


I leave you with my infamous thoughts, 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: .


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 34 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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Comments (16)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Scott Godzyk there will always be homeowners who say NO to selling now..... but most will if you accompany, open everything and not let the buyers touch anything..... masks and gloves for all....and disinfect after the showing.... and we take one through at a time....only 1 at a time... 

Apr 23, 2020 05:26 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning Scott, 

Better to be honest than to be just out for a listing.

That is why you are the go-to guy in the area.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 23, 2020 05:37 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Scott - there's a solution to any problem/question.  Is it acceptable?  That's where the discussion goes next.  Getting over those hurdles makes the difference.  

Apr 23, 2020 05:52 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

When I saw the subject line of this post, before I read it, I said to myself, "Of COURSE he found a way to do this!" Great job giving her three options and in finding one that would be the best for her. 

Apr 23, 2020 05:57 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Great job giving her three options - I have someone buying a home in Chicago - her daughter went to see it and then my client made the offer - it is possible 

Apr 23, 2020 06:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I am going through this situation with my seller right now during this pandemic...

Happy Thursday Scott Godzyk 

Apr 23, 2020 07:08 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Scott, I think if I worked in your area, I would either pack up and move, or come work for you. I cannot see anyone competing with you and being successful. Another win for Scott Godzyk

Apr 23, 2020 08:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Scott,  People are staying in their home to much now and are forgetting aboutthe real world.


Apr 23, 2020 09:22 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is how i have been doing things too Barbara Todaro , this seller was scared beyond anyone i have met yet though....

Apr 23, 2020 02:07 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you Raymond E. Camp , i do think it is a must 

Apr 23, 2020 02:08 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Agreed Michael Jacobs , it is important to lay out the options and solutions to the issues

Apr 23, 2020 02:10 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Thank you Kat Palmiotti , it was one of the toughest in 34 years of doing this. Fear is tough to tackle, but getting confortable and laying out options over comes fear.

Apr 23, 2020 02:11 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is possible Lise Howe , some hurdles are bigger than others, communication is key

Apr 23, 2020 02:12 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have another who is yes, then no then yes then no. It is time to make a decision i told him and waiting is fine too. But bo more switching for him Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS 

Apr 23, 2020 02:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Scott- it takes an agent and seller and/or buyer who are willing to consider the different options. Good for you!

Apr 23, 2020 07:32 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Scott.

Well you did the right thing.  Congratulations on the soon to be new listing.

Apr 24, 2020 12:32 AM