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The Biggest Home Seller Mistakes

Survey of 1,000 Real Estate Agents Reveals the Top Six Ways to Sabotage the Sale of Your Home

Feb. 11, 2014 - PRLog -- Helene Kelbaugh, REALTOR

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Survey of 1,000 Real Estate Agents Reveals the Top Six Ways to Sabotage the Sale of Your Home

Baltimore, MD: The most common reasons that a house will not sell in a good market are often well within the control of the home seller according to a recent survey by the ActiveRain online real estate community. In a poll of over 1,000 real estate agents, it was revealed that the top six ways home sellers turn potential home buyers away are:

1. The home is overpriced

2. It is difficult to set a showing time

3. The seller is unwilling to depersonalize or declutter the home

4. Unpleasant odors

5. The seller is unwilling to negotiate with buyers

6. The seller refuses to make repairs

Helene Kelbaugh, a local REALTOR with Keller Williams Realty Baltimore, confirms that these same findings hold true for homes in the Baltimore. “It is up to the agent to educate the seller on aspects of the home selling process that can instantly turn off a potential buyer,” stated Helene. “However, some sellers get on the defensive when you point out pets, odors, and housekeeping, so it is a very fine line to walk!”

Helene reflects on a time she was showing a first time buyer homes in the Baltimore area and was hit with a very unexpected surprise. After stepping into the foyer we were hit with a strong smell of pet urine.  A few moments later several liter pans were notice, all along the foyer and unclean.  Needless to say, the buyer decided to move on the next home in her search!

“I wish stories like this weren’t common in my line of work. A good real estate agent spends plenty of time with their sellers before their house ever goes on the market to avoid these expensive mistakes.”

Infographic: Biggest Home Seller Mistakes


About Helene Kelbaugh: Helene Kelbaugh is a licensed REALTOR with Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Realty Baltimore.  Helene Kelbaugh and has been a member of the ActiveRain real estate community since 2009.  Helene is a residential real estate agent specializing in Selling homes around Baltimore and Luxury homes in the area.

The “Biggest Home Seller Mistakes” infographic was create by ActiveRain, an online community of real estate professionals who exchange best practices, write real estate blogs, and get free education from the industry and their peers. Find the infographic at http://www.activerain.com/seller-mistakes.

Helene Kelbaugh @ Keller Williams Realty Baltimore

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