Whether you’re selling a home in Lakewood or Long Beach, or anywhere else, for that matter, you’re most likely going to work with a listing agent who can help you determine the right price, market your house, and make the entire transaction run smoothly.
With that said, though, there are three things you should never say to your listing agent.
3 Things You Shouldn’t Tell Your Listing Agent
Your listing agent is there to represent your best interests throughout the transaction—from start to finish. Sometimes, though, things are better left unsaid.
#1: “I’ll Never Settle for a Lower Price!”
At the end of the day, your home is worth exactly how much a buyer is willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, many people list their homes without following their Lakewood Realtor’s® guidance on pricing; in many cases, sellers try to turn sentimental value into monetary value, but that doesn’t fly with buyers.
If your price is above market value, it could sit on the market too long. The problem with that (in addition to the fact that you won’t sell it quickly) is that eventually, you’ll have to lower the price. Buyers will wonder why your house is “price reduced,” and they’ll want to know why all the other buyers before them passed it up. The longer it sits on the market, the more difficult it will be to sell.
#2: “I Need to Be Home When an Agent Shows My House.”
When an agent schedules an appointment to show your home, it’s best if you leave before buyers arrive. The last thing you want is for buyers to feel uncomfortable, but that’s how they will feel if you’re home while they’re exploring. They won’t want to ask their agent questions for fear of offending you, and they’ll feel weird about opening cupboards and drawers or peeking into closets.
#3: “I Only Want to Sell To…”
It’s illegal for your agent—and for you—to discriminate against potential buyers. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, sex, family makeup, and a handful of other factors.
Your Agent’s Responsibility to You, the Seller
When you hire a real estate agent to sell your home, he or she has the responsibility to remain loyal to you throughout the transaction. Your Realtor is going to work toward your best interests, and because you hired a Realtor in the first place, it’s safe to assume that your interests are selling your home quickly and at the right price.
Do You Need to Talk to a Realtor About Selling a Home in Lakewood?
Whether you’re buying a home in Lakewood, Long Beach, or one of the surrounding communities, we’d love to help. We’ll walk you through the entire process, from start to finish.
Call us at 562-882-1581 to find out how much your home is worth
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