10 Things Your REALTOR Doesn’t Want to Hear You Say (for Sellers)

Selling a house can be a complex process, and it’s important to maintain open and honest communication with your real estate agent. However, there are certain things your REALTOR might cringe at hearing. Here are ten statements your REALTOR doesn’t want to hear you say when selling your home:

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“I didn’t tell you about the leaky basement because I didn’t want it to affect how much you thought our house was worth.”

Concealing significant issues like a leaky basement can have serious repercussions and undermine trust between you and your real estate agent. Full disclosure is essential for an accurate valuation and to avoid potential legal complications down the line.

“The furnace stopped working.”

Failure to disclose important mechanical issues, such as a malfunctioning furnace, can lead to problems during the home inspection or after the sale. It’s crucial to keep your REALTOR informed about any significant maintenance issues.

“I covered up the hole in the floor with a carpet.”

Concealing structural problems is never a good idea. Hiding defects will only result in disappointed buyers and potentially legal issues. It’s best to address any issues honestly and work with your REALTOR to find appropriate solutions.

“I’m at a cottage and don’t have access to a fax machine, scanner, or internet. I can’t be reached for the next week.”

Being inaccessible during the selling process can be frustrating for both your REALTOR and potential buyers. Prompt communication is crucial, so make sure you have reliable means of contact throughout the selling process.

“I want to sell my house, but my ex-wife doesn’t want to.”

Divorce can complicate the selling process, especially when both parties don’t agree. It’s essential to work out these issues and involve legal professionals if necessary to ensure a smooth sale.

“I know this offer meets 100% of what I said I wanted (price, closing date, conditions), but I want more.”

Unrealistic expectations can hinder the sale of your home. It’s important to have reasonable expectations and work closely with your REALTOR to evaluate offers objectively.

“I don’t want a sign on my lawn, and I don’t want any open houses. I only want people to view my house between 2-4 from Mondays to Thursdays.”

Restricting access and marketing opportunities can limit the number of potential buyers for your property. It’s crucial to discuss marketing strategies with your REALTOR and consider their recommendations.

“I want my condo sold for the price that I want, and I want it sold in 30 days.”

While it’s understandable to have a timeline in mind, it’s essential to be realistic about market conditions and pricing. Setting unreasonable expectations can lead to a prolonged selling process or a lower sale price.

“I want my house to look lived in, so I don’t want to declutter and clean before listing it.”

Preparing your home for sale is essential to make a positive impression on potential buyers. Clutter and lack of cleanliness can turn off buyers and make it challenging to showcase your property’s best features.

“I did the electrical updates myself.”

Performing electrical updates without proper qualifications can be dangerous and may not meet building code requirements. It’s essential to disclose any renovations and repairs performed by non-professionals to ensure buyer safety and legal compliance.

Remember, maintaining open and honest communication with your REALTOR is crucial throughout the selling process. Working together as a team will help you achieve the best possible outcome when selling your home.