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#452141 - 04/26/16 12:53 PM Please help!! Not a realtor but my realtor has me in a bind :(
SonyaW13 Offline
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Registered: 04/26/16
Posts: 1
Loc: The South
Hi everyone!

Just some disclaimers- I know that most realtors are wonderful and do a great job of selling and buying for their clients. I'm not looking to take my realtor's commission or do anything shady- I just need some serious help and advice! Thank you!! :)

We moved out of a small town where there are many homes on the market and no bites. Our realtor has been terrible with communication and we have to constantly remind him to do simple things that he said he would do. Several texts will go by before he ever gets around to uploading a picture or fixing a typo in our house description.

It actually took a full week after he said the house would be listed for it to be listed, and we never heard from him once in the meantime to explain or let us know.

Since it's a small town people just use him because he's the only one there, and (we know him personally- small town again, ha) he doesn't hustle too much getting the word out there because people just contact him when they want to buy or sell.

Our house is one of the nicer ones (with a deck and pool) and compared to the big city 45 minutes away it is a huge steal! Just doesn't fit into the clientele of this small town.

I say all this to say- we are in a contract with him and wishing we weren't... But since we are and we really need to sell our home, what would you suggest I could do to get the word out there? He never does open houses or anything, truly just lists them online and shares once on Facebook. We moved away so can't do open houses personally.

What can I personally do to get the word out? This would be a great home for people looking to move out of the expensive big city and commute or retire. Do people ever send realtors information on a home to make them aware it exists? I was thinking of potentially contacting some big city realtors with a quick flyer. It is in the MLS but I'd rather catch their eye instead of crossing my fingers that our home catches their eye in the database.

Thank you for reading this far! I would really appreciate any help I can get. We have to get this house sold!!

#452144 - 04/26/16 11:50 PM Re: Please help!! Not a realtor but my realtor has me in a bind :( [Re: SonyaW13]
Bigtoe Offline
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Registered: 10/14/07
Posts: 2271
Loc: Outer Banks
A typo or different picture is not going to hurt the sale. The pool is probably the deal killer. If pools are not common in your area then you might want to get prices on filling it in and advertise the house with or without the pool. Certainly do not ask more because of the pool. You have to give the pool away to get rid of it.

Other than that, price is always the selling factor. If you are not getting showings, you are overpriced.

Open houses don't sell houses, they get buyers for the listing agent.
Your Outer Banks real estate agent. Helping people buy and sell OBX real estate since 1989.

#452209 - 04/30/16 04:32 AM Re: Please help!! Not a realtor but my realtor has me in a bind :( [Re: SonyaW13]
SoFLBroker Offline

Registered: 04/20/07
Posts: 174
Loc: Florida, Treasure Coast
What is the average days on market? What is the average sales price per square foot? How does your house compare to the averages and where is the house priced on the scale?
Selling Foreclosures from the Treasure Coast to the Palm Beaches!

#452212 - 04/30/16 07:53 AM Re: Please help!! Not a realtor but my realtor has me in a bind :( [Re: SonyaW13]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7858
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
Originally Posted By: SonyaW13
". . . Just doesn't fit into the clientele of this small town . . ."

Is the Home overbuilt for that Area/Community . . . or look out of place ?

So it's unlikely that a local Resident would be interested in buying it ?

I'll second BigToe regarding that Pool. Often, the Pool will add little or no value; while it greatly reduces the marketability of the Property. Many, or most people, recognize the Pool as just another maintenance headache, and Insurance Companies see it as an "Attractive Nuisance" and will have to charge an increased Premium for the increased Liability risks involved.

What originally attracted you to that same Property and Community . . . . or did you build it there ?
Dale C. Hittle of GOLDEN RULE PROPERTIES in Glover, Vermont
Where We're Always Striving To Put Together "THE FAIR DEAL"

#452259 - 05/02/16 01:55 PM Re: Please help!! Not a realtor but my realtor has me in a bind :( [Re: SonyaW13]
LizL Offline
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Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 1793
Loc: Missouri
BigToe and Vermont are correct. You may be overbuilt for the local market. Having said that, though, I would also agree that price is always the mover of property.

Really, the biggest bang for your buck is always MLS. Next to that is the yard sign. If your property is on MLS and your agent is a Realtor, it should also be rolling to the major real estate sites: Realtor, Zillow, Trulia. Do a search on each of those sites and see how the listing looks. If it is not showing up, your agent is either not participating in syndication or is not a Realtor. Syndication is very important nowadays.

If your property's listing is syndicated, sending it to brokers in nearby towns is not needed. It's already there any time they search your town or county.

Facebook helps sometimes, as does Craigs List, but most buyers eventually find their way to an agent; and the agent searches MLS, still making that the best marketing tool out there when the MLS also rolls to syndication. Most buyers now search Zillow and Trulia on their own, even when they have already hooked up with a local agent. It all goes back to the local MLS, unless a buyer is looking for a For Sale By Owner (usually because they mistakenly think that's the way to get a killer deal).

No amount of marketing is going to sell a house that is over-priced, though.
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