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Spicewood TX Homes for Sale - Sellers Know Best

Why did I just walk away from another listing for Spicewood TX Homes for Sale?  Because the seller knows more than me!  How can I educate someone who won't listen because he thinks he already knows it all.

How does he know it all?  Because he's been on the market for 2 years!  Yes, since 2007, he's been trying to sell his house.  He's gone through 5 Realtors already.  It might be six, but I'm not wasting time to look his property up again.

This round, he met with me and another agent.  I received the call from Mrs. Seller yesterday saying that they chose me, YEAH!  We discussed the terms since there was some back and forth at our meeting about what those terms would be.  The rest of the contract was standard stuff like exclusions and protection period.

He wanted to change the protection period to 30 days.  No biggie.  The protection period doesn't mean anything if they go and list it with agent number seven, eight, or nine if it expires anyway as it's only good if they do not relist the property.

Here's where Mr. Seller knows what's in his best interest rather than listening...

There is a section in the listing agreement, as well as the purchase contract, that states what comes with a house.  There is a paragraph about "improvements" as well as a paragraph below that about "accessories".  Under "improvements", it lists "... satellite dish system and equipment..."  Then, under "accessories" is listed "... controls for satellite dish system..."

The dish is connected to the house as a fixture, and the equipment must remain so the dish is operable.  Just like with a house that has a pool, the sellers must leave all the pool equipment and pool cleaners, and everything to make the pool functional.

This is saying that if there is an improvement like a satellite on the house, the accessories must remain with the house as well. If there is no dish, of course there are no accessories to leave so there are no exclusions to list.

This particular seller has a dish on the house.  He doesn't use the dish and therefore doesn't have the "accessories" to make it functional.  Because of this, I put in the listing agreement for the seller to exclude the receivers and controllers so a buyer wouldn't expect them to come with the house.

Spicewood austin tx homes for saleHe demanded this verbiage be removed from the listing agreement.  I tried to explain to him four times why it was there.  I even turned the explanation around and asked if he was prepared to buy the buyers a brand new receiver after closing if the buyers got into the house and realized there was no equipment to operate the dish and demanded the "accessories". 

He further raised his voice stating he wasn't buying anyone anything, to which my calm response, again, was that was the reason it was written in there... to PROTECT him from buying the buyer new equipment. 

He wasn't having it.  His eyes were closed, his ears were shut.  Is this the type of seller I'm going to be able to work with? 

Then, I remembered how they had an offer on the house last year for about $70k more than what our asking price is going to be, and they turned it down.  Why did they turn it down?  Because they were asking over $100k more for the property at that time, and the seller knew best that his property was worth more.

Here's the kicker... he stated that he liked the other agent's marketing much better than mine.  The wife already told me yesterday that my marketing was superior to his.  I asked why I was the one who received the call yesterday to list the house instead of the other agent.  He had no answer.  I told him to use the other guy.

Two listings in two weeks that I've turned away...  my husband doesn't think it's very smart, but he doesn't see the big picture months down the road when I'm complaining about how horrible the sellers are to work with. 

So, when I left their house on Saturday, Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get away from this seller!!

The really sad part is that the wife really wants to sell this house and get rid of it and stop paying mortgage payments on a house they haven't lived in for two years... but the husband doesn't want to sell, and he's making every effort not to sell. I feel bad for Mrs. Seller, but at least I have another property to keep an eye on to see how many more months and years it takes to sell!

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Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • September 23 2009 10:31AM


We deal with the public...and can decide who is a good fit...just like a doctor performing surgery, lawyer taking a case.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago

I'm surprised you walked away from this one Donna. I would have thought you would have RUN away!

It's impossible to work with someone who doesn't listen to facts.

Good for you not getting involved any more than preparing for, and showing up for, the listing appointment.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 9 years ago

You've got to love it when you run into a seller like this.  If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

Posted by Jeff Craig, Greensboro/Jamestown/Guilford: Realtor/CSP/CNRS (Coldwell Banker Triad) about 9 years ago

Sound to me like the best person to sell his home is him. They still sell FOR SALE BY OWNER signs at the local hard ware store. I would get one for him.

Posted by David Salvato (David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino) about 9 years ago

Andrew, True, but they think they're interviewing us.

Craig, I did get further involved as I told them some staging information because I was told I got the listing. Oh well.  My staging is what will sell the house, not the other agent.

Jeff, Nah, it's funny!  Better to happen now than after I spent the time taking pictures and working on the tour and marketing.

David, Exactly!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago

Awe well, they'll kick themselves later when they come back to reality!  On to the next one!



Posted by Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner (Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group) about 9 years ago

We walked away from a very similar situation wife wanted to sell husband didn't and insisted on very high price, etc. No thanks, we have enough headaches. ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Sounds like you've got the best imaginable marketing plan for this guy - don't market his house!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

If someone gets all upset before the listing agreement and over minor things as such, there's no telling what he would be yelling at you for later.  I say you saved yourself a lot of grief and frustration.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

It is sooooo difficult to work with people like that!  You did the right thing.  I can think of a couple of listings that the signs were there, but my ego got in the way and I listed them anyway. Big Mistake!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

good for you.  I would of done the same.  I doubt it will ever sell.  I think they will divorce even before they sell.

Posted by Angelia Garcia (Pure Realtors) almost 9 years ago

I'm speechless! Its sad the couple can't see eye to eye.  Dr. Phil?

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) almost 9 years ago

I've been waiting for the house to list in the MLS so I could give a commentary of it, but it's still not showing active yet... Mrs. Seller did write me a very nice email saying she had no idea about my conversation with Mr. Seller, but that it was probably for the best and to use my psychology degree to figure out why... I think I have a very good idea as to why!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago

Great perspective. I like your point of view.

Posted by Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing (Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010) almost 9 years ago

Darrell, THanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 9 years ago