Overpricing the house
Putting a negotiating buffer or fluff into the asking price is the number one mistake a majority of homeowners make. Today's Buyers are very educated and do their home work before asking to see a home.
Not making recommended repairs
New carpet and fresh paint create the aroma therapy that makes a property sell. An allowance for repairs rarely work and this will cause the seller to take a beating on their asking price.
No for sale sign in the yard
Many potential Buyers drive around looking for properties for sale. A yard sign may spur someone to call that had no intention of moving. 60% percent of Buyer inquires come from for sale signs.
Do not make the property difficult for Buyers and REALTOR'S to make an appointment to show. Some Buyers may only have a limited amount of time to view properties. When the sign goes up make sure it is ready to show.
Being present for showings
If the Seller is home for showings the Buyers will feel like they are intruding and may feel uncomfortable, therefore may not look at the property thoroughly.
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If you are a real estate agent reading this story, what mistakes have you seen homeowners making when selling their homes?