If a seller is serious about selling his house he wants to know what potential buyers think. He wants showing feedback which is why I set my Spring Texas home sellers up with a Centralized Showing Service.
In addition to scheduling showing appointments, the showing service will email the buyer’s real estate agent 4x requesting feedback on the showing. When the feedback is received the showing service will email both the seller and me with the feedback. The automated email request is effective at receiving feedback for about 70% of the showings.
But is there any value in the showing feedback? Yes, but not as much as I would like. Why?? Because the majority of the feedback is fluff. Blame it on the mothers of real estate agents who told them “If you can’t say something nice, ssh say nothing”. When I am representing clients as a buyer’s agent I am just as much to blame. I don’t have the heart to tell sellers their house is dirty, smells, is too cluttered, or the wall paint is too loud. Instead I will usually say “floor plan did not work” and move on with my work.
So how does a seller get valueable feedback? Hire a Realtor® who is not afraid to tell you the truth. A Realtor® who will help you stage your house and identify the things that need to be done to get your house sold.
One truthful opinion is good but how can a seller get more truthful opinions? My real estate broker, Better Homes and Gardens Gary Greene Realtors, solution is to coordinate a weekly tour of the listings taken by its real estate agents. This service is one of the many reasons as to why I have chosen Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene to serve as my real estate broker. The agents in my office tour our listings and provide a no fluff only honest feedback to help our sellers get their houses sold.
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