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.