11 Things Sellers Should Never Do

Especially in a buyer’s market where every edge is needed

Real Estate RoosterThe inestimable Maureen Francis over at mioaklandcounty.com has an excellent post that all sellers should heed in this tight and rapidly changing market.

Now, I added an 11th Seller Commandment, so allow me to put into bullet form, what Maureen has numbered and expounded upon.

Thou Shalt Not:

  1. “Test the Market” or “Tell them to bring offers”
  2. Hire an agent without a strong marketing plan (ed.- or professional marketing system)
  3. Make showings inconvenient for the buyer
  4. Ask your real estate agent to cut his commission
  5. Leave your Star Trek action figure collection set up in the den
  6. Hire your mom’s best friend Sally to represent you
  7. Listen to your neighbors when they tell you to price your home a little higher
  8. Leave “updates” like removing gold flocked wallpaper to the buyer so that they can “put in what they want”
  9. Defer maintenance items
  10. Try to sell “By Owner”
  11. Think that your home is listed – believe that your home is for sale.  The sooner you recognize that your home is going on the open market to be sold, and accept that your home will one day soon be someone else’s home, you will not see these points as mere suggestions, but as the genetic code necessary for causing a home to be sold!

Again, many thanks to Maureen for a fab post!  I add the 11th Seller’s Commandment out of a reoccuring thought process I’ve run into.  And that is that some sellers have convinced themselves that their house could not/would not/should not sell in this market.

6 Responses to 11 Things Sellers Should Never Do

  1. Don’t people watch the HG channel? I bet you and your fellow realtors would like to plop a few of your sellers down in front of the tube for a good long lesson on staging.

    You must have some great stories.

    Do you know any good staging people/companies? We were thinking of doing an article for our website about staging and DIY sell-your-house stuff.

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