Round Rock - Cedar Park - Austin TX Homes for Sale tend to sell fairly quickly when they're priced well as this is a hot area to buy in. It has great schools, it's convenient to all kinds of shopping, and you can buy more home for your money than in many other areas.
This weekend, I am showing houses to some relocation buyers. They've lived here about 3 weeks now, and have been driving the areas around Round Rock and Cedar Park and narrowing down the list of houses I've sent them. The list has been narrowed down to 14 Favorites and 7 Possibilities with a couple of new homes thrown in there too.
I was calling yesterday to schedule some appointments, and this one seller in particular really got to me, which is another reason why Austin needs a showing service in place so I don't have to be confrontational with home owners.
Me: Hi, this is Donna Harris with RE/MAX, how are you today?
Seller: Great, thank you.
Me: I'm calling about your house listed at 123 Main St. and would like to show it Saturday from 10-11am, would that be ok?
Silence as I thought she was going to continue with her excuse.
Me: Umm, can I ask why?
Seller: I have people coming over.
Me: That would be fine. We're just wanting to see the floorplan and condition. We could look beyond any mess if that's what you're worried about.
Seller: No, I rather you not.
Me: So, you've been on the market for 189 days, my buyers have one weekend to look at houses, yours fits what they're looking for, and you want to potentially miss out on them submitting an offer on your home?
Seller: Can you come on Sunday?
Me: No, we're looking in another part of town on Sunday. Thank you anyway.
With that, she went on to tell me why I couldn't show the house. She was having her stairwell re-textured and painted because it had some imperfections and she wanted to correct it. Why would she wait 189 days to decide to have work done to improve the house instead of doing it 190 days ago before the "for sale" sign appeared in her front yard?
So, now she's trying to make sure her home shows better to help ensure a sale, yet she's not allowing people into her home who really want to see it. I think that house will continue to be on the market day 190, 220, and possibly even 250+ days!
Sellers, it is part of your responsibility to help us sell your homes. We can't sell them if you don't allow people into them. And why schedule painters for Saturday when you know many Realtors show on those days. I don't typically show on the weekends as I like to show during the week while home owners are at work, but a good portion is on the weekends, so maintenance should be done during the week days.
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