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Ten Things Home Buyers Will Simply Not Tolerate Right Now

Sellers Take Note:

There are many things a buyer cannot expect from sellers.  However, Sellers need to know the honest truth about why Buyers are passing their homes by.  Fellow Active Rainer Claudette put together this list that truly spells it out.  If you can't remedy all of these things, consider taking care of as many as possible.  Contact your professional Real Estate Agent for solutions to some of these and other common selling issues.


home buyersTen Things Home Buyers Will Simply Not Tolerate Right Now 

Anyone who can open a newspaper knows that we are currently in a buyer's market.  If your home is for sale now there are some realities that you need to accept.

With the amount of inventory available and the fact that prices have dropped significantly, buyers are being very discerning about what they will put up with.  The number choices in front of them will lead them to greener pastures if a property does not click immediately.  

In this environment buyers do not have much patience with any of the following: 

  1. Cigarette smoke - Since so many areas are smoke free these days people have become much more sensitive to the smell of it. 
  2. Clutter or mess - It takes a special person to be able to see past piles of magazines, books, knick-knacks and too much furniture. Those buyers are usually accompanied by a construction crew. 
  3. Outdated décor - flowered wallpaper, shag carpeting and dark paneling.  These specialty items were great in their time but not many want to live with them right now. 
  4. Property that is in need of repair - I showed a home that had a huge hole in the ceiling of the garage. That was all they needed to see before moving on. Buyers worry about just what something like this may be potentially leading to. 
  5. Dark interiors - Upon entering a house the first thing I do is open all heavy drapes and let the sun in. It may be considered a person's castle, but no one wants to live in a dark home. 
  6. Overpowering colors - Paint is a small investment to make if your home has loud colors in every room.  Those colors may be your unique style but a neutral palette is something more people can work their imagination around. 
  7. Pet or cooking odors - One of the problems with odors is that the owner is usually accustomed to them. If you have any doubt, get an independent opinion.  When someone walks into a home they expect it to have a pleasant smell.   
  8. Overgrown landscaping and a poor entrance - These items will often prevent someone from ever getting through the door.  Buyers may just cross it off their list just from the drive-by. 
  9. Inflexibility with showings - If agents have a difficult time showing your home you need to know how much this can impair its potential sale.  With so many other properties available, they just may not bother to try for a second time.
  10. Dirt of any kind - Above everything, your home needs to be as immaculate as possible. People will look in closets, cupboards and in the basement. Go through every room in the house.  Hire a crew if you must.  

Now, more than ever, your home needs to shine - because you will never have another chance to make a good first impression. 


"Ten Things Home Buyers Will Simply Not Tolerate Right Now"

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Claudette Millette, Broker, Owner, The Buyers' Counsel - (508) 881-6230

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCarla Freund • January 05 2011 01:09AM


that is a great list, and very accurate!

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 9 years ago

Carla. Thank you for re-posting this,  I missed it the first time, and the list is very good.  And thorough!  All buyers want all homes to be priced like with garage sale pricing, looking like a model home!!! With ALL the upgrades! :)

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu (HomeSmart Realty) over 9 years ago

Catherine- I give thanks to Claudette who put the list together.

Joan - You're welcome.  Claudette did a great job and I think it will be beneficial to sellers right now.

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 9 years ago

While I understand the items on the list - every property will sell - regardless of those factors - for the right price!

Posted by Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area) over 9 years ago

Carla, this is such an excellent list for our sellers.  They really have to know that each one of these items, being neglected, could cost them thousands and thousands of dollars in selling their home.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) over 9 years ago

Tony & Suzanne - Yes, you're right!

Carolyn - Yes thank you.  We really have to show them how much they may lose.

Posted by Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 9 years ago

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