Are You Taking the Sale of Your Home Seriously? I’ve been working with two families who will be relocating to Denver in the next few weeks. Both are lovely couples with school-age children, both are motivated to find a home to land in as soon as their houses sell.
When buyers who are moving to a new town come for a house hunting trip it can be a whirlwind. We hit the ground running, whether it’s 95 degrees out, raining cats and dogs or the snow is anything less than a blizzard. The days are long, the homes run into each other, and sellers have only moments to make an impression.
First impressions count.
This is an actual sign I saw on a home last week. I’ve made one alteration. I’ve altered what was spelled out in full force to hit us between the eyes as we stepped up to the front door.
The buyers had their two young boys with them in their car, and asked me to run up and preview the house quickly before they got the kids out. There was a retail center behind the house we weren’t counting on, and they felt it would be a deal killer. However, being respectful to the sellers, they wanted me to take a quick look and leave my card.
As I came up the walkway, there were cigarette butts all over the front patio and crumpled cigarette packages in an empty planter. The paint on the front door jamb was discolored and poorly re-painted. Then there was the big sign on the door. I’ve never seen anything like it.
Needless to say, we beat it out of there and never looked back.
I have to wonder who those sellers are? This home is priced more than double the average home price in metro Denver, and is in an area of large suburban single family homes. Do these sellers think this is funny? Do they have teenagers and forget that you don’t talk to everyone else like this? (Or anyone else for that matter?)
I sent the listing broker detailed feedback and never received so much as a comment back from him. A match made in heaven. He apparently doesn’t want to sell his listing any more than his seller does.
Sellers – we have plenty of choices for buyers out there. If you aren’t serious, don’t waste my time or my clients’. Get your house looking its best. This is a beauty competition. The house with the sign won for ugly.
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