What Sellers Do to Drive Agents Crazy

Agents’ strategy is to get close to their clients, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. The more they know about them, the better. Sellers are often in vulnerable situations when putting their house on the market, and it may stay that way for an extended period of time. During this time, bonds can form, or feelings can grow sour. The lines between business and personal space can become blurry, which can lead to the seller acting out in ways that drives the agent nuts.

Here are five ways in which sellers can get under their agent’s skin, and kill their chances for a smooth sale during their relationship.

Not keeping the home clean

When a home is on the market it needs to be in pristine condition at all times. Keeping it clean and tidy is part of the process that must be done continuously. Keeping furniture and counter spaces clean and organized is what this boils down to.

Before you put your home on the market, pack up all your belongings that you won’t need until you move into your new home. Make a space in a hidden part of the house for the typical day-to-day items that you will need. Doing this makes your agents not have to worry about cleaning your mess, and goes a long way with potential buyers.

Staying around during an open house

Agents rarely want their sellers lingering around during an open house, and the reason is that your presence can alienate your customers by making them feel uncomfortable without you even knowing it. Even if you are friendly and hospitable, this is still not appreciated.

Potential buyers want to walk through the house as if it was theirs to get the full experience. They will be opening every door they can, and poking around cabinets and making comments to their partners or kids that they would probably not make if you were standing in the room.

Your lingering self prevents them from indulging in the home, and it will backfire. If you are desperate to know how the open house is going, just ask your agent to notify you what each potential buyer thinks. Or you could randomly show up and act as a buyer, but make sure your agent is on board so they don’t sabotage your plan.

Holding out for extra money at the last minute

Negotiating home sales can be pretty uneasy at times, even in lively markets. If you are feeling the market is in your favor, you could end up second-guessing the list price if you see your neighbors having good movement.

Having multiple offers is an empowering feeling, but imagine if you thought you could gain an extra $5,000 from a serious buyer, you end up losing them to a terrible buyer who beats you down on price unmercifully.

This does happen, so don’t think it cannot happen to you. Agents prefer to work with the best buyer, and not the best offer. So think of the bigger picture and not your bottom line.

Neglecting to clean up for the new buyer

If you were the buyer, how would you feel if you walk into your new home and find a bunch of old paint cans in the garage, and left over drywall in the basement?

Do the right thing and clean your house for the new buyers. They will appreciate your thoughtful gesture, but they will go to bat for you if you ever need them down the road.

Insisting your home is so unique

Yes everyone knows your home is special to you. The memories and life events that have happened in your house are only special to you though, not to the next owner. When it comes to selling, it isn’t easy to think of your home as a common place commodity.

Sellers will have emotional attachment, just like every other one does. So if your house is unique, and your best friends newly listed house is unique, and their cousin’s step-sister’s is unique, that makes everyone’s unique; in which case, no one’s is unique.

If you seem to disagree with your agent on price, step back and remember they are the professional. Consider if you really want to let the house go for their price, and if not, then you probably still have some heavy strings still attached.

Just know, an overpriced home in a good market will ultimately sell for less than a home priced well from the beginning. 

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