Now I should preface this by saying I'm not speaking for all REALTORS® with this post, but I can say with quite a bit of certainty I do speak for a lot, certainly our team. For the record we absolutely love working with sellers, we take great pride in pricing properly, keeping our sellers updated on market conditions, making sure the property looks as good as possible, etc. But just in the name of good fun, today we'll reveal some secret thoughts that many REALTORS® have during the selling process.
1) "You think your home is worth HOW MUCH?"
I think my favorite part of our listing presentation is the section on how NOT to price a home. We run down a list of about ten erroneous techniques to price a place, and often many of these are employed when sellers are explaining to us what they want out of their place. We always listen carefully why people price their house how they did, but many times there is a voice in our head saying "You cannot be serious!"
2) "I didn't know your home sustained a F6 Tornado recently". Sometimes there is a lot of clutter, and we always will politely explain how to minimize it, but ever so often we encounter a hoarding house and it's hard to know where to even begin!
3) "You really love calling me, don't you?"
4) "Why would I lie about this?"
5) "Do you want your house to sell, or...?"
This isn't common but sometimes it literally feels like sellers are sabotaging their own house sale. We had one seller who always turned down showings, close to half. It was a tough sell to begin with, and sending away 40% of prospective buyers was a pretty tough pill for us to swallow. Other times it's leaving 'questionable' posters on the wall, mousetraps out...common sense isn't as common as one might think!
99% of our sellers don't trigger these thoughts in our brain, but those 1% tend to stick with us. Hopefully you all got a good laugh here, have a great weekend!
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