Don't let the Coyotes eat the baby...

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Real Estate Agent with Goedert Real Estate

 

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I was reading a post about the problems that can occur when sellers are home during showings.  Kathy Torline-Nordstrom shared her experience taking a buyer through a home with an anxious seller.  It brought to mind a funny incident that happened to an agent at our office.

She was showing one of her listings to a young couple buying their first home.  They brought along their two small children as they didn't have a babysitter.  The couple liked the country home and the homeowner was very talkative and sharing lots of information.  As they went outside he told the buyers that he wondered if there might be coyotes in the area as he heard something howling one night.  Looking over at the children he gave his opinion that they should probably be kept near the home at all times because if there were coyotes and they were hungry enough, they might try to eat them.  They made a quick getaway after that tidbit.

The agent called her client up later that day and told him he was to stay far away from any future buyers and under no circumstances was he ever to suggest that anyone's children could be eaten as a result of buying his home.  We are not in coyote country and there have never been reports of problems.  If I still had little ones and someone suggested they might end up as coyote chow, I'd be gone.  Luckily no one scared me with such a story when we bought our first home and I happily raised my country kids just a few miles down the road from where that seller lived, and never did we see a coyote.

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Rainmaker
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Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

Funny. What a goober? He needed to keep his mouth shut about anything negative if he wants to sell his home.

Jul 30, 2008 06:08 AM #1
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Susan Mangigian
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Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

That is a funny story!!  That reminded me that I was a closing shortly after 911.  The home was withing a certain # of miles from Limerick, which is a nuclear power plant.  The seller generously offered to give the buyer the pills that were distributed to all neighbors in case of an attack on the power plant.  These pills were to help with your body fight off the nuclear fall out.  Wasn't that nice??  Lol!

 

Jul 30, 2008 06:09 AM #2
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Evelyn Panning
Property Connections Realty Inc. - Alturas, CA

Out here we warn our buyers about keeping those cute, cuddly fur ball dogs indoors because of Mountain Lions, Coyotes, Eagles, etc.  Some folks get a little nervous, but I remind the buyers, these critters really don't want to get close to you -- you leave them alone and at night remove tempting treats like house pets from the yard and everything will be just fine ! ~Evelyn

Jul 30, 2008 06:26 AM #3
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Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
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Indeed, it is ALWAYS a good idea for the seller to vacate the premises during showings! They mean to help but often cause problems with their information!

Jul 30, 2008 06:31 AM #4
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Lynn Afton
Greenridge Realty Oakmont - Big Rapids, MI
REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County

Also, Sellers don't realize that something they emphasize as a positive thing, may be seen as a negative by buyers, even if it has nothing to do with the actual property.  Better to let buyers form their own feelings about the place (I am not talking about defects which should be discllosed)

Jul 30, 2008 06:46 AM #5
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Beth Anderson
Goedert Real Estate - Tecumseh, MI
Realtor - Tecumseh / Lenawee County

Angelia~ I love that expression, goober.  It fits so well, sometimes people just aren't using their noggins and the goobers come out

Susan~ I wonder how many years those pills are even good for?  Seems like a refill might be a buyer's incentive. :)

Evelyn~ The worst we usually get are raccoons in the trash or deer eating the hostas, not a lot of big wild animals in our parts.  Though I have heard that owls occasionally take one of those little mini dogs.

Bill and Barbara~ Words to the wise.

Lynn~ Exactly, I had buyers that made it extremely clear to me they did not like children (funny thing was they were both retired teachers, I guess that pushed them over the edge)  They picked out a lot to build on, not too many homes around, they hoped not many kids.  The sellers of the lot told them this lovely story about how all the local kids would bring their sleds in the winter to the hill behind the lot and the fun they all had gathering there.  You should have seen my buyer's faces, it was like they just sucked a lemon.  The good news was it turned out the couple was telling a story from their youth, and they are well into their upper 70's, the sledding days are long gone and the buyers are now living in their new home and very happy.

 

Jul 31, 2008 01:46 AM #6
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Jeff Thornton
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Beth doesn't that make you wonder how FSBOs ever sell their own home.

Jul 31, 2008 11:11 AM #7
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Beth Anderson
Goedert Real Estate - Tecumseh, MI
Realtor - Tecumseh / Lenawee County

Jeff~ In my area they don't often manage to sell FSBO, I think they end up frustrated too because every buyer coming through tells them how much they love the home and how great it is, because they are being polite and don't want to hurt the homeowners feelings if what they are really thinkiing is "how fast can we get out of this dump!"  With a Realtor buyers can be honest and we know quickly if the home is wrong for them.   But the FSBO ends up thinking everyone who came through their home is on the verge of making an offer because of all the compliments and then nothing happens.

Aug 01, 2008 01:26 AM #8
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