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Round Rock - Cedar Park - Austin TX Homes for Sale - Allow the Buyers to View your Homes!

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.

austin tx homes for saleMe: 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?
Seller: No.

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.

**Are You Packed Yet?** 

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Donna Harris, REALTOR®
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Austin TX Real Estate and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Hill Country Austin TX Real Estate and beyond. Whether you're buying or selling an Austin home, I'll be with you every step of the way. 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsDonna Harris • October 09 2009 02:49PM

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Common sense has obviously been thrown under the steps in this case. You are correct that it is the responsibility of the seller to be ready and committed to sell their home not at their convenience, but the buyers. Let this nuisance fuel you to find these relocated buyers a home this weekend and then you can laugh to the bank.

Posted by James K Barath, CMPS, FICO Pro, Certified Military Housing Specialist (Canopy Mortgage, LLC) about 10 years ago

Donna: Let's hope you find the perfect house for your buyer's. We have to deal with issues also as the inspector trying to get in to do the inspection.

Posted by Carl Winters about 10 years ago

James, Exactly!

C & C, With the amount we're looking at this weekend, we better find a house in time for the $8k tax credit!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna, I have one of those sellers right now.  I'd love to send her your blog.  She is really limiting access to the house.  She won't allow a lock box, I have to get her permission to show it, she gives me the go ahead and then changes her mind and I have to contact the buyers and agents.  People are not thinking clearly when they make it so hard for buyers to access their homes. 

Posted by Vicki Pedersen, Providing Exceptional Real Estate Service (Pedersen Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Vicki, That's horrible.  The Texas listing agreement specifically says something called "Seller's Additional Promises" and under this, it says they must cooperate for showings yadda yadda.  That would be grounds for terminating the agreement and collecting any termination fees for expenses if one of my sellers acted like this.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

First of all - I didn't know Austin doesnt have a showing company. It makes things so much easier when you were up here. Looks like I have I taken it for granted.

I guess with the seller - like many sellers think "issues" are not show stoppers until she heard enough (189days of it). Not sure if the listing agent was thinking at first, or at all for that matter.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 10 years ago

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH !!!!!


<--- would be banging head against nearest wall if had same conversation !

 

Such a wonder why so many sellers 'still' dont get it ...

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 10 years ago

Loreena, Yes, you're spoiled up there with CSS!

Sheldon, No joke!  But guess what?  We did see the house yesterday, and I'll blog about it later!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Here is an update to this listing and showing.

http://donnahomesblog.com/post/1280862/austin-tx-homes-sellers-hindering-their-own-sale

 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

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