Things Sellers Do That Drive Realtors Nuts

Things Sellers Do That Drive Realtors Nuts
 OMG John 8/16/2017 6:00 AM

Every realtor has their pet peeves when it comes to dealing with clients, especially sellers. It's only natural that sellers want to try and be in control of what happens to their home and have a say in how things are handled, but they forget to leave it up to the professional. Having multiple disagreements with your realtor can jeopardize the sale of your home.

Here are some things that sellers do that drive realtors absolutely nuts:

  • Sellers should NOT stick around for showings.
    If your realtor calls you and says there is a showing coming, you should leave. Nothing is more frustrating than having the homeowner in the house while someone else is touring their potential home. Potential buyers want to have the freedom to roam and discuss the house without the presence of the homeowner.
  • Sellers should realize that their Realtor is always right.
    Listen to your realtor when they give you advice on pricing and problems/issues to fix. They know to sell is their job after all. They know what’s going to sell and what’s hot on the market right now.
  • Sellers should realize that the home inspection doesn’t need to be a group project.
    The only person that should truly be at a home inspection is the home buyer since they are footing the bill for the inspection. The seller could get a little defensive if something is pointed out in the home that might need to be fixed.
  • Sellers shouldn’t leave their pets to roam about.
    It can be difficult on short notice to remove pets from the home for a showing, but at least put them in a crate so they aren’t in the way of the realtor and the homebuyers.
  • Sellers shouldn’t refuse to clean for the showing.
    It’s going to be hard for your home to sell if the buyers can’t see past all the dirt and clutter of your house. We know that showings can be last minute and it’s hard to pick up after kids and pets, but if you make it a priority every morning your home will always stay clean.
  • Sellers should make sure their demands are within the realm of possibility.
    When it comes to pricing, let your realtor handle that. They know what other homes like yours are going for and they can make things possible. You might think your home is worth some absurd amount of money, but realtors know best.
  • Sellers shouldn’t be picky about showing times.
    The seller’s realtor does not have control over when the buyers want to look at the house. You can't afford to be picky about showing times and decline showings if you are wanting to sell your home in a timely manner.
  • Sellers shouldn’t call their realtor at all hours.
    Realtors are there to answer any and all questions you have regarding the sale of your home, but if you are calling and texting them regularly after “office hours” when it's not an emergency gets a little overwhelming for the realtor who probably has other clients they are also dealing with and their own homelife, too.


Still looking for the right realtor for you? Contact us here at The Fairfield Team and we would love to help you out!