Continuing with my efforts to sell my condo ‘by owner’ I have to say it has been a little bit of a roller-coaster ride. Selling a home (or buying one) can be quite stressful. You would think that the stress would come from the piles of paperwork, or perhaps the actual closing, or maybe the negotiations process. For me, I haven’t even gotten to these points yet and I am already feeling exhausted! The hardest part is having to clean your house spotless for each showing. This is especially stressful for me, since I work from home, and when the showings come during work hours, the entire process from cleaning to the actual showing can take several hours. This process is even harder for me, since many days I have my 2-year-old at home with me, and it seems like we are on the continuous loop around the house – me cleaning, and him “undoing” everything I just did. But, I realize that this is a very integral part of the process, and the more showings I have, the more chances I have to sell the place.
The most frustrating thing so far for me has been the one realtor “no call no show.” You may be asking why a realtor is involved if I am doing this ‘by owner.” I decided to advertise that I would co-op with realtors. Basically, if a realtor can bring me a buyer, I will pay the buyer’s commission. They have to call a centralized showing service that I use to set up the appointment, and then they can come see the place with their client. Pretty standard.
This particular one came on a particularly busy day for me. The showing service called and said that the showing was from 5-6 that evening. It was already 2 in the afternoon, and the house was a bit of a mess. My wife even took a few hours off of work to come help me clean and “stage” our place. Lost work time for both of us!
We got the place spotless, and left at about 10 until 5. We decided to go out for a quick dinner while the agent showed the property. We even left fresh lemonade out.
We got home at 6:30, and it was immediately obvious that nobody had been by. Realtors are supposed to leave a business card on the table when they show a property to let you know that they have been there. We saw no business card, and no note. The lemonade was not touched.
I was pretty pissed, I have to say. I know that it is their perogative to not show up if they don’t want to, and there is nothing that I can do about it, but it irked me to no end to think that I lost a good part of my work day (and so did my wife). Would a simple phone call to me or the showing service have been too difficult?
I ended up e-mailing the realtor to ask her what was up, and she wrote back and said “We decided it was too far to drive” – the drive is actually only about 10 minutes from where they were coming from.
I didn’t write back, too fumed about the whole thing. I looked at this particular realtor’s website, and she writes about herself “â€œMy buyers, sellers, and investors expect and deserve the most professional, ethical and loyal representation. ”
I’m not sure if she has kids, but in the future, I hope that she, and any other realtor who wants to see a home, realize that when the home is occupied, and especially if there are kids, that a simple, quick phone call if you don’t plan on showing up can save a lot of time for the sellers, and can help to improve the reputation of realtors in general.
Incidentally, we have had 7 showings so far – 4 independent, coming off of public listing sites like craigslist, and 3 from the showing service.Â Â All four of the “independents” showed up and were punctual.