Selling a home can be stressful. The pressure to keep the house clean and well-organized doesnt necessarily mesh with a family of five on the go. Stuff happens. There are times when its just not possible to make all the beds, do the dishes and close the toilet lids before leaving the house and you find yourself actually praying that you dont get a showing request that day. Inevitably, thats the precise day you DO get a request. But, 97 days and multiple vacuum cleaner bags later, and we finally have an offer.
Deciding to trade in life on the East coast and go home was an easy decision. The fit was never quite right here, our oldest son was heading back to the Midwest to attend college, and we really miss our awesome home town. Besides, what could possibly be more fun then putting the house that you over paid for and spent too much money updating for sale in a flooded market? A case of food poisoning while on an airplane? Did that recently too, by the way.
Those dreaded buyer feedback reports are the absolute worst. I totally take them personally. Dont like my cabinets? Neither do I. Deal with it. An overall rating of 3? Are you totally serious here? This house is kick-a** cool and youd be lucky to live here! You should have seen this dump before I arrived.
So, while this isnt the first home Ive sold, I have learned a few very important lessons beyond the customary and obligatory advise to declutter that Id like to share. Here are my Real Estate Rules To Live By:
1. Be extremely thoughtful when choosing your real estate agent. There are some real jackas*** out there. Beware the overly cocky, been-there-done-that, Im the best there is kinda guy. While a certain amount of confidence is good, a realtor with an overly active ego is big trouble.
2. Consider hiring someone new to the industry. A longtime expert in your area with multiple listings in your very neighborhood may not be as concerned with selling your house as someone depending on selling your house for their immediate income might be. Consider using a beginner with some go-get-emness.
2. Interview and scrutinize several agents to determine who youd find least annoying. It may be a long relationship. Think about how you like things done and make sure youre dealing with someone who will work with your personality. After all, youre paying them.
3. Learn to recognize the rhetoric that realtors like to hand out. Do your own research and be as brutally honest and unbiased about your home as possible. Price accordingly. Do not, I repeat, do not get sucked in by the realtor who tells you that he/she can get more money for your house then the next guy. They cant.
4. Lastly, its important to remember this: no matter who your realtor is, they dont sell your house, your house sells your house. In spite of what youve seen on Selling New York or Selling L.A. your realtor isnt actually making phone calls trying to come up with a buyer. Your realtor is simply putting your house on the listing sites, most likely taking photos of your rooms using a fish-eye lens that exaggerates their size even though you asked them not to, and sitting back waiting for the commission to roll in. Unless of course youre an awesome realtor I happen to know who actually cleans, paints, and works her a** off to get the job done! (you know who you are Pam!)