You Think You’re Nervous?

A delicate subject I sometimes have to approach with clients selling their home is the importance of steering clear of showings and open houses while prospective buyers are touring their home.

It can be touchy. After all, how do you kick someone out of their own house? Many sellers are anxious about the showing and open house process. They feel the need to hover in the wings, which I understand. There are several reasons why this is not the best idea.

 Four Reasons Why Owners Sticking Around for a Showing/Open House is a Bad Idea:

 1. I’ve had experiences where prospective buyers have actually passed on a showing once they’ve found out the current owners were home.

2. It’s important that buyers be able to visualize the home as “theirs already.” They need to be able to imagine living in the house, which is pretty tough to do with the owners making a sandwich in the kitchen. 

3. Presence of a seller makes the prospective buyer feel guilty for “judging” the home. If the buyer isn’t given free range to evaluate the home, the doubt is enough to put them off the property entirely.

4. If all goes well, the buyer may want to stay for a time at the house and chat with the agent. This is a good sign (it means the buyer may be moving towards an offer), but with the seller present, it’s all but impossible.

I try not to offend my clients when I ask them to understand these reasons. While I empathize with the nervousness that accompanies the sales process, my goal is the smooth sale of their home. A little space for the prospective buyers is an important ingredient.

 Stress-free showings are just one part of our approach to marketing your home to sell. Get in touch and I’ll gladly show you what else we can do to get you top dollar for your home: joe@debandjoe.com or call me at 484-893-1234.

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New Home for Sale in Forks Township!

Puppies help to sell houses

We’ve just listed a really great home in Forks Township that’s going to be a deal for anyone looking for a great buy in this area. This home was well cared for and has really nice-sized rooms including four bedrooms, a first floor office and a family room with a wood-burning fireplace. When you enter the home there’s gleaming hardwood floors guiding you toward the open kitchen (with breakfast area) and family room; the living room and office are on each side as you walk back. This is a great first floor layout! Did I mention there’s a finished basement rec room with wet bar and a seperate craft room? Perfect for the kids or for that ‘man-cave’! Wait, Deb’s telling me it would also make a great ‘lady lair’. I’m not sure there is such a thing, but we may have just coined a new term!

Okay, here’s the really cool part. The yard is awesome with a nice paver patio leading up to the (ta-da!) in-ground pool! I don’t know who we’re going to sell this house to yet, but I want an invite to the first cookout. Spring and summer can’t be that far away! Maybe this is the best part…this house is priced at $310,000!! It’s a great deal and we’d love to get more information for you, including more pictures. Give us a call at 484-893-1234 or e-mail us at homes@debandjoe.com.

1825 Dayton Dr, Forks Twp.