Al and Cal Homes and Community: She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by just trying to be nice!

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by just trying to be nice!

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by just trying to be nice!

Chatty Folks

I find that the guidelines in life are generally there for a reason.   For example, you are required to show identification when cashing a check, because some one has taken advantage of the system  or, there is a disclaimer on a hot cup of coffee that lets you know that the coffee is Hot!  :)    You know what I am talking about. 

The suggestions your real estate agent makes are done for a reason too!    

One of those suggestions will surely be,        when there is a showing on your home, leave!  

All too often, a Seller will feel the need to stay for showings, maybe to add information that they feel the buyer needs or because they are just uncomfortable with people being in their home when they are not there.  

This is what happened the other day when Mrs. Seller remained home.

My Buyers are relocating to the area.  They are deciding among several communities and we were to look at a couple of homes in a particular town that were side by side on the end of a small, intimate cul de sac. 

Now, in this area, most of the agents use the lock box system, which allows a Buyer with their agent to view the property unaccompanied by the listing agent or seller.   (typically this is viewed as a good plan as it allows the buyers to really look through the home without feeling rushed or uncomfortable.) 

We viewed a number of homes that day and there was one where Mrs. Seller decided to stay home.    She gave us permission to view the home and provided us with some information on the property.  And then she started!   Chatty Cathy!      She told us all about the neighbors.  She let us know that there were more folks leaving.    She told us of the folks (another home for sale) getting a divorce, and others leaving to get into a new school system.   She let us know that she was looking around in another town for a "smaller" home and the list goes on!   

Now let me tell you, that if my Buyers did like the home, they now decided against that neighborhood and that entire town because of what Mrs. Seller had to say!   

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by trying to be just nice!

So, please Mr. or Mrs. Seller.    Heed your agents suggestion on taking a walk!    We know you love your home, but, you don't want to inadvertently talk a Buyer out of it!

 

Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group

Remax Executive Realty

www.AlandCal.com

 

Cal@AlandCal.com

 

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Comment balloon 91 commentsCarol-Ann Palmieri • August 15 2011 03:14PM

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Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) about 7 years ago

Ok, that wasn't nice of me to LMAO because I'm sure this is not a funny situation.  As an MLO here in Los Angeles & Ventura counties, I just think it's absolutely ridiculous for sellers to be present during showings.  If they don't want people traipsing through their home then they have no business putting it on the market - PERIOD!!!  Just the humble opinion of an MLO.

Posted by Donne Knudsen, CalState Realty Services (Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA) about 7 years ago

This is so true-when the seller is home the can inadvertantly say just the wrong thing without any idea they are doing so!

Posted by Janet Murray, Realtor Weymouth MA & South Shore Home Sales (ENGEL & VÖLKERS, Norwell) about 7 years ago

Hi Carol Ann.....the fact that a buyer was wasted and now you have to beat the pavement in another town would be a good enough reason from me to shoot that seller.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, having been in the business as long as I have, I've seen this same scenario play out over and over.  It's good advice, and if we can drill it in to the sellers, they will be the better for it. Good post!

Posted by Virginia Cheezum (F. C. Tucker Company) about 7 years ago

Great post Cal and so true, the buyers cannot get a feel for a home with the seller there even if the seller doesn't say a word.  But anything the seller says can and will be used against them in the transaction.

Posted by Al Raymondi, Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales (Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida) about 7 years ago

Cal, this is what we teach our sellers in Listing Your Home 101!  You know, before I got my license, I did that.  Thought I could do a better job than my agent.  She was afraid to tell me to get out!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Cal - Sorry, but I too was laughing, but I realize you probably wanted to put a muzzle on her!  (Note to self - bring muzzle in case of chatty seller)

Good grief!

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 7 years ago

Oh my goodness, I was laughing too!  Seller knows best how to shoot themselves in the foot.  Sorry this happened to you and now you have to spin your wheels again!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) about 7 years ago

Hi Donne!    I would have been LMAO too, but I just wanted to whisk them away from here pronto!   Thanks for voicing your opinion!

 

Hi Janet!    I know they mean well, but you are right!

 

Hi Barbara!   Yes!   What makes it more so, is that I think she was just trying to put a positive spin on her home.   I heard your voice in my ear as it was happening.... saying  "Listings!"

 

Hi Virginia!       I wonder, are their agents not telling them to go, or are they not listening?    Thank you!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Al!     You bet!   It's a no win for them to be there.   Just let the agents do their jobs!   Thanks for checking it out!

 

Hi Pat!   You must laugh when you think of that.   From now on,  I am going to give the guidelines as RE 101!   Thanks!  

 

Hi Debb!   I am laughing now too.    Just another day in the life, right?    Thanks for stopping by!  

 

Hi Christine!    I get a Seller's frustration these days with all the inventory on the market, but do they really have to shoot themselves in the foot, I mean pocket book???       Got to love it!   :)     Thanks for reading!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Thanks for reading Greg.  I will check that out.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Yep - sellers almost never help their cause by being present for showings.  I can remember lots of times when the buyer would ask about neighbors, crime rate, why they were moving etc and the seller would open their mouth and totally kill any prospects for an offer with what they said.  Or spill the beans about the urgency they had to sell, pretty much guaranteeing that any offer is NOT gonna be full price.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA about 7 years ago

Carol ANn, that is funny and sad at the same time... Besides, everybody's reasoning for moving  to a certain neighborhood are so subjective and personal, these buyers might have fallen in love with the town otherwise! 

 

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Carol ANn, that is funny and sad at the same time... Besides, everybody's reasoning for moving  to a certain neighborhood are so subjective and personal, these buyers might have fallen in love with the town otherwise! 

 

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Hi Nancy.   I don't know why they do it.  Always has me shaking my head.   Maybe just nervous energy or trying to be helpful.   Either way.  Not good.   Thanks for taking the time to check this out!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

You know Anna.   There are trade offs for everything and I think that you might be right.   Given the opportunity to make a decision without all the "noise", they may have.   Oh well.  On to the next.   Thanks for coming by and  commenting!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

I guess what we can do in the future is call the listing agent and let them know their buyer is still in the home and maybe some coaching can take place before a deal is blown.

Posted by Cory Barbee, Broker (760) 563-4022 about 7 years ago

 

 I've got 2 words for Sellers that want to be present during the Showing:   Get Out.

If that doesn't work, I have 2 more words:   Shut Up.

 And if that doesn't work, the final 2 words are:    Good Bye.

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Cory!      Coaching a Seller is a listing agents job.    You know that I will remember this tour for many listing appointments to come.   Thanks for dropping by!

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Fred!    Two words for you.  EXACTLY CORRECT!   Thanks for the giggle.   :)

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Jeanne!   You have actually got me laughing out loud with that story!   Very funny!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Great post Al and Cal...Just the presence of the seller in the house will prevent the potential buyer from taking "emotional possession" during the showing.  They're going to have a hard time imagining their couch in front of the fireplace while the seller is sitting in "their own" couch.

Posted by Howard and Susan Meyers (The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore) about 7 years ago

I just had this chat with a seller last week even though I told her when she listed her property to please take a walk while the house is being shown.

Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Howard and Susan.   Those are the words I've been looking for, "emotional possession".   Thanks!!

 

Hi Cameron.   I really think they are trying to be helpful and have no clue that their presence could be a potential deal breaker.   Thanks for stopping in.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

As agents, we know that putting our two cents in can be counterproductive because you just never know when the buyer will like those hideous shag carpets.  We need to do a better job of conveying that to our sellers

Posted by Nancy Pav, Nancy Pav, Your "GottaHave" Realtor (Long & Foster) about 7 years ago

Hi Nancy!   Yes, we do!    Thanks for your thoughts!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Great post! Funny, I have had to catch myself from "over selling" my personal houses when they are on the market. The Realtor and Homeowner in me goes into overdrive! 

Posted by Suzy Echols (Avenue Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Suzy!   OMG... so that's what it is, overdrive!       I guess I should put on a "Sellers" hat sometimes!   Help me keep things in perspective!   :)      

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Isn't it amazing that there are reasons behind the suggestions that we make to our clients?

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 7 years ago

I totally agree that it is rarely a good idea for the seller to stay during a showing unless they are doing a "For sale by owner" and even then their presence should be extremely limited.

Gretchen

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Unfortunately, there are always some sellers who thought that they are being helpful by talking to the buyers about their neighbors' or their own problems :-( 

We, as their agents, just have to stress the point of letting us do the talking since that  is our job.

Posted by Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 7 years ago

So true. Sometimes, I wish we could just tell them, " Don't you have something else you need to do?"        

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 7 years ago

Oral diarrhea is never beneficial.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) about 7 years ago

Hi Christine!    It is amazing the things that bring us to some "suggestions".  

 

Hi Gretchen!   For sale by owners don't do themselves a favor either!

 

Hi Ann!    Yes we do, and hope that they will listen. 

 

Hi Sandy!     Or, go for an ice cream!

 

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment.  It is appreciated!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi John!   Perfectly said!   Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

For this reason I have always asked the seller(s) to wait outside so that I can bring the buyers in the house to show. Buyers will feel uncomfortable viewing the home is the seller is hovering over them.

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) about 7 years ago

Hi K.C.    Exactly!  They will never make the decision if the Seller is hovering.    Thank you for checking this out!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

I lost a few deals in my time just because of direct contact between buyers and sellers. .I wish I could complete every one of my transactions completely separated. .

I feel like a nervous parent with tourette children at a church when I go to a closing with some of my blabber mouth clients. . 

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 7 years ago

I see this happening all the time. 

Poeple don't know how to sell. This is why brokerage will never truly be supplanted by some Internet system the way the stock and travel indistries have been affected. There are too many moving parts in real estate, and a simple home tour is rife with pitfalls that the unitiated seldom consider. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) about 7 years ago

I face the same problem ever now and then. No matter what i say after getting a listing, some sellers just want to be invoved, i think telling them some of these stories on how sales were lost might work.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) about 7 years ago

As I have said before, you just can't make this stuff up!!!  I have only had one situation where the Seller was home & it wasn't an issue.  Every other time it is a major problem.  I'm not sure why they don't listen to their agents! 

Posted by Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA (Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com) about 7 years ago

I have a seller like this.  When she asks me why the home hasn't sold with all of the showings we've had, I tell her.  But she still stays!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 7 years ago

Hopefully, sellers reading this that insist on staying will take this post to heart

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

Happens more often than you think. Wonder if the seller's agent will have better luck getting her out of there next time?

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) about 7 years ago

Buyers breeze through a home when the seller is there staring them down.  At the very least go outdoors and don't speak.  

Posted by Jim Pirkle (Harvest Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

Sometimes you just can't convince sellers that their presence can be detrimental.  Many only learn after they've shot their chances to hell and some never learn (always blaming others for why their home didn't sell).

Posted by Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama) (Keller Williams Realty) about 7 years ago

A wise agent once said "Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut."  Great advice for anyone.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) about 7 years ago

It really is a two edged sword - sellers always give out too much information!!!!    But- on the BUY side,  --  I am usually delighted when the sellers stick around, for the simple reason that they do usually give out more information for the buyers to negotiate with.   It really depends on which side you are on at the moment.

With the alligator story, she ruined her sale for everyone!!!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I agree. Although I did have one client who worked from home and his home was amazing. We had so many showings he wouldn't have gotten any work done at all if he'd have left for the showings. He just hung out in his office, but the house was a custom and had many wonderful amentities. Often, the agents would ask him about some feature or another and he'd engage in conversation.  I got so many calls and emails back from the agents, saying how wonderful he was.  Thank goodness we got a contract 3 weeks in. I still worried about what might happen, just for the reasons you state above.

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

I hope that out of the goodness of your heart you shared your experience with the woman's listing agent. The agent may or may not know about the seller's habit, but the feedback will be helpful in any case.

Posted by Sylvia Jonathan, Broker Associate, SFR (Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties) about 7 years ago

Thanks for this great post.  I had the same situation myself. In front of the sller, the buyera sked if a garage could be put up. Befiore I could say anything, the seller piped up, "no , the town will not let you put up a garage- we already asked.  I am going to show your post  it to any of my sellers who think they should be around for showings. Even without the chatter, I know buyers don't like sellers around when viewing a home.

Posted by Linda Fidgeon, Make your next move your best move! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Page Realty) about 7 years ago

I totally agree, and yet ... this seller divulged info that made your buyers lose interest in buying in that neighborhood, possibly the whole city. In other words, your buyers found out some issues that were important to them, before they made a mistake. It seems that a buyer's agent might be thankful for the 'service' this seller provided.

As a listing agent, I strongly encourage my clients to vamoose for showings. But as a buyers' agent, if my clients find out from a chatty seller that the schools are sub-par, or whatever it was that turned them off, I would breathe a sigh of relief they didn't get stuck with a home they weren't happy with.

Considering #23 above, I would THANK GOD the seller was home to tell about the alligator!  I'm surprised so few buyers' agents haven't mentioned the benefit to their clients that a chatty seller can provide, just Dagny #52.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) about 7 years ago

It's true 99% of the time that the seller shouldn't be there, but I can think of a few times when it was really helpful.    A seller lived way out in the country, worked at home, and had a very irregular lot that went part of the way up a beautiful hill.   He couldn't leave, and in this case he was really helpful - how far up the hill does the lot go?  What kind of trees are up there?   Can you see that other house in winter?   How far to..., etc.   

Another happened very recently.    Lady who lived down the road from my sellers knocked on their door, explained that she wanted to move her mother nearer.    It was a new listing and we hadn't talked yet about people just coming to the door because it happens so very rarely.   They gave her a tour, showed her the garden, were their usual open and warm selves.    The daughter asked me to send all the information to mother in California.   Daughter told sellers about disabled dad, need for ramp, etc.    Sellers allowed it to be built before buyers arrived to settle, kept the garden green, left some food for buyer's arrival, etc.   They settled yesterday with mutual hugs.  Buyer and daughter said they wished the seller was just moving next door.  


It doesn't happen often, but once in a while it works to everyone's advantage.   There's an exception to every rule.

Posted by Mary Sheridan, Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655 (Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604) about 7 years ago
Thanks for the humorous but oh so true article about the sellers staying in the home and ruining the sale. Ugh. I've seen it happen that way and I've also seen it work to my advantage. Some home buyers just need more information, they might even love the gossip...! Occasionally I find a buyer who asks "why are they moving?" That seems to be a cue that they love neighborhood info and details. Go figure.
Posted by Jill Watts, A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point! (Realty Pro, Inc.) about 7 years ago

This is exactly why I tell all of my sellers to get out of the house and while being polite, say as little as possible to the buyers. For my buyers, if the seller sticks around, let em talk... They will often let so many cats out of the bag we could open a pet store.

Posted by Brian White about 7 years ago

I always suggest that the sellers leave because of situations like that. Seller do not help there cause especially if they are talkers.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 7 years ago

I think sellers need to be out of the home before any showings happen. This is vital to getting the right buyers in.

 

Posted by Ben Blonder, Buyers, Sellers, Investors! (Broker/Owner, Keller Williams) about 7 years ago

Carol Ann, kick them to the curb is the name of the game...it is like the 'nice' neighbor who comes to your open house & shares all the neighborhood gossip with whoever will listen!!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I hope you were able to find those buyers the home they wanted - in a different town!

As for the Alligator - Think how you'd feel if you sold the home to a couple with children and one of them was eaten! Seems like that maybe should be on a disclosure form. Also, the garage in #55. If that really mattered to the buyers and they bought without the disclosure... guess who would be blamed?

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 7 years ago

You hit the nail on the head here.  All too often sellers think they know more about the home than the agent and want to SHOW items to potential buyers.  It's a mistake every time. 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 7 years ago

Hi Fernando!    You have that right!   Just told one of my Seller he talked to much.    :)    He smiled.  He knew it!  

 

Hi J. Philip!     I think you might be right about that.    Thank goodness!

 

Hi Scott!    It's the personality of "this" type of Seller that will be there anyway.   

 

Hi Christine!   I'm not sure.   I think they think we will miss something!

 

Hi Gabe!    Makes you say "hmmm", doesn't it?   

 

Hi Roger!    I hope mine do at least!

 

Thank you all for reading and commenting!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Tim.   I called the Agent to let him know.   I wish him the best!

 

Hi Jim.   If they put their Buyer hat on they might realize that.  

 

Hi Charita.    I don't think this Seller realized that would be the case.    Think she was trying to be helpful.    Crazy.


Hi Karen!    That was one wise agent!   Good advice!


Hi Dagny!     Rarely works in the Seller's favor. 

 

Hi Sylvia!   I am an advocate of feedback.   I did make that call!

Hi Karen!    And, there is the exception to the rule.    Bet he knew enough not to insert foot!

Hi Linda!    You just never know what they will say, or for that matter how they will say it!

 

Thank you all for reading and sharing!   I appreciate your comments!

 

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Joetta!     I agree that it can be beneficial for a Buyer to get the 411 from someone in the community/neighborhood, but these folks had researched the town and schools prior to looking there.    It just gave them reason to doubt their decision.   My guess would be they will be back there after they drive themselves crazy.    I appreciate your commenting!  

 

Hi Mary!   Glad it worked out!!   Always an exception to every rule!    Thank you!

 

Hi Jill!     I love a little gossip myself sometimes!   You are right, maybe some Buyers do too!    Thanks!

 

Hi Brian!    Well said!    Appreciate your humor!

 

Hi Bill!     Most just want to be helpful...but can be too "helpful" and shoot themselves in the foot

 

Hi Ben!    I agree.  Mostly because it is more comfortable for the Buyers to look around and "move" themselves in.  Tk Y!

 

Hi Ginny!   You have those in RI too?!!!    Oh, how I can't stand that, especially when there are potential purchasers looking around!     Thanks for the visual!   

 

Hi Marte!     I do agree that everyone needs to know anything that will affect their decision.     Thank you for your comment.

 

 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Jan!    I really do think they are trying to help sell.   The biggest problem is that the Buyer is usually uncomfortable.   Thanks for checking this out!

 

Hi Brian!   I hate to admit it, but okay, call me a Pansy!   Totally appreciate your comment.  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

It's amazing how many sellers will just not listen to the common (broker) wisdom on this issue.  As a buyer's agent then the question also becomes whether you drop the listing agent an e-mail to let them know what happened!

Posted by Kate Akerly, Manhattan Beach Residential Sales (Kaminsky Group) about 7 years ago

May I add telling us about your child that is on drugs or your marital problems does not help the sail of your home either.

Posted by Alan Grizzle about 7 years ago
Carol Ann, unfortunately this happens all the times. Sellers are trying to help but inadvertently end up scaring buyers away! Thanks for sharing your story!
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 7 years ago

Once I showed a home owned by an elderly gentleman.  He was practicing his karoake (sp?) for a competition.  He practiced the whole time we were there.  I called the listing agent as soon as I left to fill her in!!!

Posted by Marsha Cash (RE/MAX Advantage) about 7 years ago

Yeah, what you said. I haven't had too many situations where the sellers didn't leave, but if they didn't leave, they at least went out in the backyard or something and got out of our way.

Posted by Ann Cordes, Home Ownership is Not a Distant Dream (Century 21 Randall Morris and Associates, Waco) about 7 years ago

We've shown many homes where the seller stays home. It's usually a difficult position for everyone to be in. Looks like this seller's agent needed to spend more time on not staying for showings during the listing presentation! Carrie

Posted by Carrie Sampron, ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R (Home Smart Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Akerly Team.     I did end up calling the listing agent.

 

Hi Alan.   Oh!  You have heard that before too!

 

Hi DeeDee.   Thanks for checking it out!

 

Marsha!   OMG!   That is really one for the books!

 

Hi Ann.      Sellers like that are doing themselves a favor in the end.

 

Hi Carrie.   Right you are.   Sometimes you think they get it and don't... Like, "I was home when the agent got there and she told us we didn't have to leave"..... Have you heard from one of your Seller's before?   I have!!!   

 

Thank you all.   I appreciate your comments!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

OMG! I hate that!! Especially when I am showing the Chatty Kathy's home and my buyers aren't interested at all, but not to be rude to the "nice seller", we are there longer than needed! I have just got to the point, to kindly tell the seller thanks but I know what the buyers are looking for and we don't want to intrude on their time, just to be wasted. And then SOME INSIST that you still see the best features of the home that are hidden in the back. Buyers need to feel comfortable and make up their mind without someone talking about a neighborhood feud etc. the sellers  may be the problem not the neighbor. I had one client I will never forget, had a home which was hard to sell as it didn't have a basement and they were a family of 5 with a 2 BD. Cute home but all the same, not having a basement, they had run out of room. Well don't you know that I had a agent call to tell me that "your seller is killing offers"!  The agent said when asked why they were moving she told them NICELY lol the home was too small, didn't have another bathroom and no basement for the kids to play and not enough storage!! Buyer told my seller, you have a point!  After picking my lip off the floor, I called the seller and went over the old 1-2 she is not supposed to even be there, as agreed when taking the listing. She said the reason she was telling everyone this when they asked why they were moving, that honesty is the best policy when selling a home.  That was it simply put! I finally sold the home when they went on vacation!  I wish sellers would heed to this. They don't realize that they kill their own sale. Good post!!

Posted by karen walls about 7 years ago

Hi Karen!   You have said it all!   Perfectly!   Thank you!!!!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

When will sellers understand. Unfortunately, many want to be noisy to see who is checking out their home and others just feel they can "sell" it better than anyone else.

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) about 7 years ago

I showed a home that the seller had to be home, he did a nice job of pointing things out in the house. It became very apparent that they were very controlling, their agent didn't even get a key to their house!  Sellers should leave if they can't keep their mouths shut!

Posted by Gerard Gilbers, Your Marketing Master (Higher Authority Markeing) about 7 years ago

Someone once said   "Never pass up the opportunity to keep your mouth shut"

Its always best for the buyers and sellers to meet after the closes.

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Beverly.    Exactly!   I think you are right.  It's either one or the other.

 

Hi Gerald.   No key, don't come around unless I am home.    Got to love it!

 

Hi Michael.    That was one smart someone!   I agree.

 

Thank you all for checking this out and commenting!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

I just had this issue recently too.   Seller and his dog!!!   met us at the door.   Home reeked of cigarette smoke.  He followed us around a very quick showing.  He pointed out that they had replaced some flooring in an area viewable from the kitchen/dining room and living room that was close but did not match the surrounding flooring....looked bad but we hadn't even noticed until he pointed it out as it was a dark area.   Didn't take us long to vacate that listing.  Not only was he there but his wife came home just as we were leaving.   My buyers commented that they did not like him being there and might have looked longer if he had been gone.    I did tell the listing agent their comments and she was going to pass on to the seller.    I always tell my sellers to be gone!!!!   

Posted by Carolyn Heilman, GRI, SRS (Century 21 Premier Realty) about 7 years ago

I have seen sellers undermine their negotiations for the sale of the home too.  They let out how big of hurry they are in to move or how much they need to move.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Hi Carolyn.    I know.   It's so sad because they are just trying to be helpful I think.    Thank you for reading and commenting.   Really appreciate it!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Hi Gene.  I know.  It amazes me what they will say with out thinking how it will negatively effect them.    Thanks for jumping in!  

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

OMG, it is so sad but we all see it!  Recently, toward the end of a long day of looking, my buyer refused to get out of the car at the 3rd home of the day where the homeowner refused to leave for the showing.  There they were at the door and my folks said no thank you!  We too have electronic keys in our area and homeowners typically are not present.  Truth is, just having them on the property drops the possibility for sale by a huge factor.  Even going to the back yard isn't the same as just getting off the property.   There's no point in saying, "when will they ever learn" because some people never will...

Posted by Beverly Femia, Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 7 years ago

Had a showing recently whre it was the man who talked too much. It was a newer house and the seller told us all things the builder had done incorrectly and that he had had to fix. My buyers asked, "Are you a contractor?" "No". "Are you licensed?" "No buy I am ver handy." May I just say my buyers were very footy?"

Posted by Maya Swamy, Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com (Funds Available) about 7 years ago

Hi Beverly.   I know.  They really just don't understand how important it is.    Thank you for reading! 

 

 

Hi Maya!    That's very funny.   Thanks for stopping by! 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Your comments remind me also of the importance of preparing our Buyers for this kind of encounter!

Posted by Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos (Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois) about 7 years ago

There have been a few times where the buyer and seller meeting have caused the sale to occur because they liked each other so well, however in most cases it definitely is a detriment. -Kasey

Posted by Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties (Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com) about 7 years ago

Happens so very often! They have no idea what they're doing while they're trying to be "nice".  Buyer's eyes glaze over...secretly saying "how quickly can we remove ourselves from this situation."

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) about 7 years ago

One of the basic rules of selling your home.  Not sure why people ignore this one so much.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) about 7 years ago

Hi Dale.  You are so right.   It is always better to prepare folks ahead of time.   

 

Hi Kasey.   This has happened to  me too.   And I agree.  

 

Hi Catherine.   Not just the Buyers!  :)

 

Hi Mike.    I don't know either.  I do think they are just trying to be helpful!

 

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment.   It is appreciated!

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Oh, I couldn't agree more.  Sellers have no clue what they should or shouldn't say, and need to get as far away from a showing as humanly possible.  They are their own worst enemy.

Posted by Matt Robinson, www.professionalinvestorsguild.com (Professional Investors Guild) almost 7 years ago

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