BIGGEST HOME SELLER MISTAKES | Kawartha Lakes Real EstateKawartha Lakes Real Estate

Picture8Kawartha Lakes, Ontario: The most common reasons that a house will not sell in a good market are often well within the control of the home seller according to a recent survey by the ActiveRain online real estate community. In a poll of over 1,000 real estate agents, it was revealed that the top six ways home sellers turn potential home buyers away are:

1. The home is overpriced

2. It is difficult to set a showing time

3. The seller is unwilling to depersonalize or de-clutter the home

4. Unpleasant odours

5. The seller is unwilling to negotiate with buyers

6. The seller refuses to make repairs

Brad Nelson, a local REALTOR with Century 21 Pinnacle Realty Ltd, confirms that these same findings hold true for homes in the Kawartha Lakes. “It is up to the agent to educate the seller on aspects of the home selling process that can instantly turn off a potential buyer,” stated Brad Nelson. “However, some sellers get on the defensive when you point out pets, odours, and housekeeping, so it is a very fine line to walk!”

Nelson reflects on a time he was showing a conservative couple homes in the Bobcaygeon area and was met with a very unexpected surprise. After ringing the door bell and calling out their entrance, Brads’s clients were shocked to find a man in his underwear fast asleep on the living room couch. Needless to say, the couple decided to move on the next home in their search!

“I wish stories like this weren’t common in my line of work. A good real estate agent spends plenty of time with their sellers before their house ever goes on the market to avoid these expensive mistakes.”

via BIGGEST HOME SELLER MISTAKES | Kawartha Lakes Real EstateKawartha Lakes Real Estate.

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