by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.
I saw a this post on Trulia the other day:
“Help please? What else can our realtor do? Our house has been On the market since February and for the last 6 weeks we have had no showings. We can’t afford to fix all the repairs. Should the realtor be more clear about the repairs needed??”
Even Paul McCartney can't help when a seller won't help themselves.
Sometimes a home needs repairs and the seller is unable or unwilling to make repairs…it happens, we see it all the time with roofs. If the buyers are staying away, then the only thing anyone can do is lower the price.
If the seller agrees to lower the price, then the Realtor can market the price change and get more people into the home.
The more people that see the home, the more likely the seller will get an offer.
But if the seller doesn’t do anything, should the Realtor care?
I guess it boils down to this: Your Realtor Can’t Care More About Your Home Than You Do.
In other words, if a seller wants to sell at a certain price but is unwilling or unable to implement the solutions a Realtor suggests, there is nothing further that the Realtor can do.
There’s no rabbit they can pull out of a magic hat, no magic website that you can throw a house on (unless the house isn’t on any websites, which is another blog post for another day).
Realtors can be pretty persuasive in getting a seller to the right price, eventually…that’s really the core essence of a Realtor’s job.
But if we try to get a seller to that place, and we point out the problems, and we present possible solutions, and the seller doesn’t act…well there’s nothing we can do.
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