Tips How "NOT" to Turn Off Your Home Buyer or Seller
Rick & Rick Strohm, Jr.
February 14, 2012
Happy Valentine's Day! In the spirit of love and relationships my blog today is going to discuss the relationship between buyers and sellers. Most importantly I will be sharing some tips on how "not" to turn your home buyers off. If you follow these tips you will become more successful in the selling of your home:
Top Buyer Turn Off's
1) Don't hang out when buyers are viewing your home. Don't be a stalker! Does that sound harsh?? Well it is, but it is also very true. Here are the reasons:
- Buyers find it more difficult to envision themselves living in the home
- Buyers are uncomfortable opening closet doors, etc.
- Buyers cannot express their thoughts to their real estate agent freely
Sellers: Do not hang around during a real estate showing, go find something to do to occupy your time for a while. Give the buyers some space, do not follow the buyers around the entire time.
2) Messy home. Buyers do not want to walk into a messy or dirty home. They don't want to see dishes in the sink or piles of laundry in the kids room. The home should be spotless!
Sellers: Do not stuff everything in the closet, as the buyers will want to see the closet space. Clean the carpets, dishes, dust and tidy up the entire home for a proper showing.
3) Overpricing. This might be the biggest turn off to a potential buyer. Buyers do not want to start negotiating a final sales price on a home listing that is too high! You will lose a potential buyer by marketing your property at an unrealistic price.
Sellers: Price your home to sell. If you need help - contact me!
Top Seller Turn Off's
1) Lowball offers. Seller's find it completely disrespectful for a buyer to offer an unjustified/extremely low offer(s). No seller is going to give their home away, so buyer please be realistic about the offer to present to the seller(s).
Buyers: Review the offer with your real estate agent, they will advise you if it is a "good" offer or not.
2) Buyer mortgage fails. Buyers should start working with a mortgage broker up to 6 months (or more) prior to looking for a home or property. It is not a guarantee that you will be approved for your home loan. There is nothing worse to a seller than to accept the buyers offer only to find out a month (or longer) down the road that you can't get your home loan.
Buyers: If you're in the market for buying a home, start talking with your mortgage broker as soon as possible!
3) Don't bash. I think it goes without saying, but seller cannot stand when a buyer bashes their home/property in hopes of lowering the asking price. Some examples of this would be stating all the foreclosures in the are or that the home down the street recently sold much lower than what the seller was asking for.
Buyers: Do not bad mouth the sellers property or neighborhood, as this will irritate the sellers.
In closing if you're interested in Great Smoky Mountain NC real estate, contact me today! I hope you found this blog post useful.