This was not a showing - they were buyers!

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty LLC 0225227139

Mr and Mrs. Seller get a call from their real estate agent that another agent has a buyer to look at their property which has been on the market for over 100 days. 

Mrs. Seller is tired of showing the house.  Every time they have to go through the house and pick it up, shut the lids of all the toilets seats, turn all the lights on, take out the trash etc... So recently she has gotten Lacksy Daisy about it.  She decides that doing these things has not worked and now convinced that the real estate agent doesn't know what she is talking about. 

This time she decides that she is not going to go through all the trouble.  She figures after all the REALTOR should be doing the work with the marketing and that should be enough.

Leaving the house in a hurry she leaves the dishes in the sink and beds unmade.









My response to this is yes you are right that the REALTOR should be doing the marketing but I want to scream from the top of my lungs to Mrs. Seller THIS IS NOT JUST A SHOWING THESE ARE HOME BUYERS !

I know it gets frustrating after being on the market a long time and the news of the past few weeks does not look like the current housing market will ever return to the point you can feel comfortable. But homes are selling out here.  Buyers are able to get financed. 

If your Realtor were to stop marketing your home because she just got sick of people showing up or calling and not making an offer than you would be upset right?  Selling your home is a partnership and all parties have to do their part and work together to reach a common goal.

There is no easy way, selling a house is tough.  Unfortunately there is no magic wand. But you can't give up and allow the frustration to get to you.  Look at each showing as another opportunity for a buyer to see your house.  Take a little extra effort and make it easier for them to choose your house instead of the next one.

Posted by

Nannette Turner Saunders, Associate Broker

Short Sales Coordinator

Keller Williams Realty

1709 Laskin Road

Virginia Beach Va

Comments (21)

Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

They don't want to sell.  That's the bottom line.  Either they "need" to sell and those people will or they "want" to sell and those people won't.

Pretty frustrating. 

Oct 12, 2008 08:53 AM
Brady Pevehouse
RE/MAX Downtown - Orlando, FL
Your Orlando Real Estate Professional

I hope those were not actual photos, and were for illustration purposes only.

What type of offer are they hoping to get on a property in that condition?

If that were my clients home, we would be having a sit down and possibly a firing. If you let it go un-mentioned, imagine the condition it could be in next time.

Oct 12, 2008 09:34 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Great advice....It IS a partnership. I can't believe how some would even say that it's too much trouble. What's so hard about picking up after themselves???

Oct 12, 2008 09:42 AM
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Nanette I don't know if you do Re-Blogs - but I'd love to do this one!  What a good example for our clients!

Oct 12, 2008 10:03 AM
Nannette Turner
eXp Realty LLC - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Richard it sure does make it easy not to pick that house!

Barb it is frustrating for the listing agent, buyers agent, buyers and sellers.

Brady Well folks feel like they have to clean house before they can move in!

Sally We have to help them sell their home but we can't do it for them.

Liz of course you can re-blog I'd consider it a great compliment.

Oct 12, 2008 11:30 AM
Winter Baserva
Seasons Realty Group of Atlanta Communities - Atlanta, GA
Realtor -Homes For Sale, Atlanta, GA

WOW! One thing I've learned is that it doesn't matter HOW many times you show it, it only takes ONE.

Oct 12, 2008 02:26 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

And then, if, just if, they are lucky enough to have the buyers still want the house after seeing it like that, it's even worse by the time I show up to do a home inspection. Consequently, I have to disclaim so much of the house because things are not visible or accessible. Then the Buyers move in and find all sorts of problems in the areas that were not visible or accessible. They sue anyone and everyone involved in the real estate transaction. It's not pretty

Oct 12, 2008 05:44 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Nanette, It is amazing some of the stuff that I see in homes that people are selling. Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it...

Oct 12, 2008 09:33 PM
Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

It takes a lot to overlook the mess.  I would have a sit down with the seller and if she is not willing to continue to present her house in an acceptable fashion then I would ask her if she might not be more comfortable with someone else.  I know it is hard once you have put $ into marketing a property but it is Like Throwing Good Money After Bad if they won't cooperate.

Oct 13, 2008 12:36 AM
Nannette Turner
eXp Realty LLC - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Winter all we need is one contract to sell a house!

Russel it makes it hard to get to settlement doesn't it?

Michael I am rarely surprised anymore.  I just shake my head.

Paddy it really does take a great imagination to overlook the mess.  I think it is time to have a come to Jesus talk with the seller.

Oct 13, 2008 12:58 AM
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ

Nannette - I've seen this more from those that are dis-hearted and beside themselves when they are facing a foreclosure, however not all homeowners lose interest! If you are serious and have desire to sell your home, it's very important to keep it show ready at all times. No one said it was going to be easy, especially if you have a large family and everyone contributes to the untidiness! Sellers need to understand that it's going to be a huge commitment to keep it picture perfect! So, tell me those aren't actual pictures of the house your buyer went too?

Oct 13, 2008 10:32 AM
Laurie Logan
Keller Williams Realty, Inc., Broker Associate - Madison, WI
South Central WI Real Estate

Wow, Nannette,

I'd be humiliated in someone saw my house looking like that!   Are they crazy?

Good luck with that one.

Oct 13, 2008 11:28 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Nannette - If only we could stage the home have the sellers live somewhere else and then we would always be able to show the home on the drop of a hat. ... unfortunately that is not possible so we have to live with frustrated vendors, 24 hours notice for showings and so on.

Oct 15, 2008 02:48 AM
Tanya Myers
Crye-Leike Realtors - Arlington, TN

Where is this sellers motivation!!!! I would be embarrased if someone saw my house looking like this..... They can't be serious!

Oct 15, 2008 09:25 AM
Nannette Turner
eXp Realty LLC - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Candance so many sellers are very frustrated

Laurie  I would be embarrassed too!

Kathy It can be hard to keep sellers focused!

Tanya I feel like this could be an example of unmotivated sellers

Oct 15, 2008 10:45 PM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Nannette. I don't think that I could ever live like that. What are they thinking or not thinking? Thanks and have a great weekend, Jim

Oct 16, 2008 04:44 AM
Nannette Turner
eXp Realty LLC - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Jim I have gone out the door before w/out putting the dirty dishes in the dishwasher or making the bed.  I suppose all of us get busy and run behind schedule.   But I think if I knew I was going to have a showing or have my house on the market I'd know that I have to make sure this does not happen and keep it a priority.

Oct 16, 2008 11:57 PM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Thank goodness that most sellers are not like the one you describe! Other wise, to quote you we would all get sick and tired of marketing. LOL.

Oct 17, 2008 01:40 AM
Nannette Turner
eXp Realty LLC - Lynchburg, VA
Online Marketing Home Ownership Advocate Specialis

Mary you are right.  I would be frustrated as a listing agent marketing a property like this too!  I think that is just human nature.

Oct 17, 2008 01:49 AM
Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

If only sellers could hear the comments when buyers and agents walk through their home in this condition.  So much of house showing is psychological and buyers don't want to be reminded of house work as they walk through, not to mention, they may assume the seller hasn't taken care of the house.  It's hard work and it's a partnership between the agent and seller to sell the home. Someone isn't doing their part.

Oct 17, 2008 02:08 AM