The other day in my Google Reader one of the blogs I subscribe to had this as a lead-in headline: Is Your Realtor Doing Her Job?

The only thing I saw on the blog was a picture of the house and the price. However, that was enough to get me thinking and ask this question:

Do sellers think their job is over once they list their house with a Realtor®? Do sellers just “expect” their house will sell once it’s listed with a Realtor® without continuing the work required and necessary on their end to get their house sold?

Listing And Selling Your Home Is A Two-Way Street

Listing and selling your house is a two-way street and doesn’t stop once you place it on the market. It is a relationship that runs both ways. We are in a partnership together. I need to do my job as your Realtor® but you also need to do your job as a seller. If a house doesn’t sell, it always seems to be the Realtor’s® fault. If there are no showings or no offers, we always seem to get blamed. So what is the seller’s job and/or responsibilities in getting their house sold?

Seller Responsibilities To Get Their Home Sold

  • Did you do all the necessary repairs, prep work, and improvements recommended by your Realtor®? Did you clear out all the clutter? Is there a lawn maintenance schedule arranged?
  • Did you agree to the pricing strategy presented to you by your Realtor®? Did you start the listing at the Realtors’® recommended price? Have you been open to continuously lowering the price as the real estate market changes and when your Realtor® suggests there should be a price reduction? Have you agreed to a pre-determined price reduction schedule?
  • Are you offering a full commission?
  • Are you offering additional terms to open the availability to different buyer financing? Are you willing to pay closing costs, if and where allowed? Are you willing to sell Federal V.A., FHA? Can you offer contract terms?
  • Did you disclose to your agent whether you are underwater? Having financial difficulties? Facing foreclosure or a possible short sale? Encumbered with liens?
  • Is your house accessible and easy to show? Do you vacate the house when it is being shown? Is there a lockbox on your house? A for sale sign? Is the house in good condition when shown?
  • Is there a Home Warranty Protection Plan being offered to the new buyer? Have you made a full and honest disclosure about the condition and features of your house and property?
  • Are you willing to do repairs prior to closing should any be required?
  • Will you be able to offer a quick closing? Quick possession after closing? Did you eliminate any contingencies from your listing such as: “This listing subject to seller finding a suitable property”?
  • Are you in constant conversation or contact with your Realtor®? Do you make yourself available to receive your Realtors® phone calls, emails, text messages, letters, information? Are you likewise in communication with your Realtor® relaying any information, changes in your financial and personal circumstances or situation?

These are only a few things I thought of quickly as I was writing this post and certainly not a complete list. Your job isn’t done just because you’ve entrusted your house with a Realtor®. We’re working together to get your house sold and it requires work and full cooperation from both of us.


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Thinking of Selling Your Lake Oswego Home?

Prices are increasing at a fast pace in Lake Oswego. Interest rates are still low but are increasing, and there is still a huge pool of buyer demand. I have ready, willing and able buyers ready to purchase your home. If you want to know the value of your home in today’s real estate market, please call me at 503-804-9685.

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