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Austin TX Homes - Sellers Hindering Their Own Sale

austin tx sellersLast week, I wrote about a seller not allowing us an appointment to view her Austin TX Home.  Here's an update...

We looked at another house on that street, and as I drove past this house, I pointed it out to the buyers to show them which one we weren't "allowed" to view.  Then is dawned on me; there were no work trucks parked outside.

Didn't the seller tell me that we couldn't view the home because she was having work done on the stairwell?? 

I asked my buyers if they wanted to view the home since we were there and that I could call for an appointment, so I did.  I got Mr. Seller this time.  I introduced myself and explained the conversation I had with his wife.  He said she would kill him if he let me in the house.  I explained again that this was their only chance to view the home.

He said to come on in.  Upon entry, he says, "My wife hasn't 'cleaned' today which is why she didn't want you here."  I looked past him and said the house looked clean, plus I called on Thursday which would have given two days to clean.  He further explained that his wife doesn't allow people in unless she's completely vacuumed, mopped, and "cleaned" before the showing.

Long story short, this is the case of a Seller completely hindering the sale of their own house.  The house was clean, yet it wasn't clean enough for them, in which case, they weren't allowing people in to look.  The only "mess" was the very tiddy spot upstairs where there was a small drop cloth for the retexturing of the wall, but it was not a mess, nor a big deal.

As a seller, with your house on the market, you MUST let people into your home!  This house was actually the #1 house for the rest of the day... until they found a brand new home that they just had to have.  However, can you imagine that if the house was our #1 house for that long, after seeing 13 houses, they had to have missed out on some buyers potentially putting an offer on the house in their 190+ days on the market...

So sad, so sad... I'm thinking about calling the listing agent to let him know what happen.

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Comment balloon 11 commentsDonna Harris • October 12 2009 10:01AM


The only way to intice the sale of your home is to let people see it.

I never understood why some sellers just don't get that simple concept.

It's akin to a store advertising a great sale, but not opening their doors for the public to buy the item.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Craig, I know I know! But why don't the sellers get it?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Donna - I would absolutely call the listing agent and let them know what was happening.  They probably aren't aware.  I would feel terrible if one of my sellers was doing this, and would appreciate the heads up from another agent.

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) over 10 years ago

Donna I read your first blog and now your follow up. This is very strange; almost like they really don't want to sell; go figure. I don't think I would want to be the inspector on this one.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

Update:  I spoke with the listing agent and he didn't seem to care. He said they were friends of his Brother's and wouldn't even know what to say. He said he had not had any problems that he was aware of. I reminded him that he doesn't screen the appt calls since all calls go to the seller.  He still didn't seemed phased...

And then the seller called me about 20 minutes later asking for feedback. I told him to call his agent.

Lina, I mentioned at least three times that I wouldn't like it if my sellers were like that, but this listing agent wasn't phased.

C & C, The agent said they wanted to sell, but weren't in a hurry... I can see that!  No price adjustment in 190+ days and slightly overpriced, but not horribly.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago


Great story!

 how many other number one homes, never became numer one, because a seller simply wouldn't let it .

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 10 years ago

They control the price and condition, yet we get blamed when it does not sell.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 10 years ago

Trey, Exactly!  Probably several homes that were sabotaged by the home owners.

Richard, I know, right?!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

I guess thats the wife's way of saying "I really don't want to sell my home". Thats too bad.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 10 years ago

John, You've got it!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

Donna, Either you have an obsessive compulsive or there is more underlying this story. Whichever it is you hit the nail on the head they are hindering the sale of the home consciously or unconsciously.

Posted by Kathryn Gorham, Emerald Isle NC Crystal Coast (Green Key Realty) over 10 years ago