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Old 05-18-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: SCCL, Lancaster, SC
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I know it's a buyers market right now, but has anyone ever had someone want to come back for yet another "look" at your house so many times you want to tell them to just FORGET IT!?

I'm selling my home myself and it takes a tremendous amount of time and effort before showings to make sure my home is in emmaculate shape, which is really hard with two messy teenagers and two cats living in it. Then I have to try to shoo them all out of the house each time, not to mention keep stashing the cat box in the trunk of my car!

I have an interested buyer, a cash buyer, but she keeps wanting to bring different "family members" over to see the house before she makes a decision, and I am getting really sick of it. I've got my home bargain-basement priced in an area where affordable housing is rare. There is another home in my neighborhood for sale, I'm thinking of suggesting she go and take a look at that one instead!

My home is nice, but it is 15 years old. She keeps finding little things wrong here and there, nothing major, but I'm about ready to tell her if she wanted a brand new house, she should be looking at new ones then
Is any one else interested in the house? Perhaps you should let the lady know that you are having other showings and that they have shown a definite interest in the house. Maybe if she thinks she is going to lose it
she will get off the pot!

Or when she calls for another showing let her think that another buyer is already coming. Don't be dishonest but let her know that there are others who are interested that is if you are having other showings.

If not, maybe you should say something like when you come this time to look at the house please bring your offer as I am thinking of letting a realtor have it and if so it will cost you more money!

It's a shame you have to play games but sometimes you just have to give them that nudge!!

Good luck to you,

Dunroven
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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46 houses.
Oh my god. I don't think I've gotten anywhere near that number. I don't have the patience. I don't think there are even 46 different styles of homes in my area, lol.
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:31 PM
 
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Oh my god. I don't think I've gotten anywhere near that number. I don't have the patience. I don't think there are even 46 different styles of homes in my area, lol.

I won't even go into the horrors of this situation. Thank goodness we have parted ways. I thought I was going to lose my mind...lol. I have viewed every property that was in their price range now though.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Is any one else interested in the house? Perhaps you should let the lady know that you are having other showings and that they have shown a definite interest in the house. Maybe if she thinks she is going to lose it
she will get off the pot!


Good luck to you,

Dunroven
I'm not a fan of this strategy as it can really backfire on you. If it's true then that is one thing, but I know there are agents who always "have an interested party" for a listing.

I don't know how many times she has been there, but to me 3 is kind of a max with friends/relatives. I would accommodate if the house needed remodeling and they wanted to get some contractor quotes prior to writing an offer, but the parade of friends can be a real deal breaker. One of them will hate the house...

I would just tell the buyer that you appreciate her interest, but that her constant visits to your home with all of her relatives need to stop. There is no reason that she can't bring everyone that is important to her at one time.

I would just remind her that you do still live there.
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Old 05-18-2008, 05:48 PM
 
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The media has succeeded in convincing the buyers they are in the drivers' seats (true) but to the extent that buyers, generally speaking, are taking advantage of sellers, thinking they can get something almost free. And, with a home that is not NEW, I'm seeing buyers trying to discredit the property on the basis of age vs. new.......Two different houses, here!

I've shown a property 4 times to the same person, he loved the place, and I thought I had asked all the right questions...He offered about $100,000 less.
I'll be glad when this market recovers......shades of the 70's and 80's
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I'm a first-time buyer. Yes, I'm scared, but I don't want to be rude, either.

In three weeks, I've had my agent show us two houses. The rest I look on the internet and drive by. I don't want to inconvenience her unless it really is a possibility.

As for the friends and relatives and the remarks about your home, that is just plain rude. First of all, having other people troop your home is really immature. What the heck do they have to do with the decision? She needs to put on her big girl pants and grow up. I think their being in your home is an invasion of privacy.

I think she needs a buyer's agent to rein her in.
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Old 05-18-2008, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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We had a couple like that; came in countless tmes. Then 'talked' about an offer several times, but never really made one, only a verbal crazy low offer on our house. They STILL have yet to buy a house. Personally people like that IMO would be crazy to deal with at closing.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Wow, you don't know how much I appreciate all the terriffic responses and suggestions I've gotten here! Many of your suggestions are good ones, and are extremely helpful. I'm taking them into consideration to decide the best course of action. I guess this is why most people hire realtors instead of trying to sell their house themselves - I think I'd be better off and less nerve-wracked without so much personal client contact. I've had my home up for sale for a very short time and already I'm this frustrated, not a good sign!

If this woman doesn't take the home, I think I need to just call a realtor and pony up the commission cost. My nerves will probably thank me - I don't know how you realtors do it! You must have nerves of steel and patience of gold.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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If it was my home and I was selling it myself while I was occupying it; I'd just say NO!
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Wow, you don't know how much I appreciate all the terriffic responses and suggestions I've gotten here! Many of your suggestions are good ones, and are extremely helpful. I'm taking them into consideration to decide the best course of action. I guess this is why most people hire realtors instead of trying to sell their house themselves - I think I'd be better off and less nerve-wracked without so much personal client contact. I've had my home up for sale for a very short time and already I'm this frustrated, not a good sign!

If this woman doesn't take the home, I think I need to just call a realtor and pony up the commission cost. My nerves will probably thank me - I don't know how you realtors do it! You must have nerves of steel and patience of gold.
Honestly, one of the major benefits of having an agent is that we are the "handlers of crap." We deal with that so you don't have to. That way you only have to stress about keeping the house and yard as perfect as possible. (Like that isn't stressful enough!)
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