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.
Jill Wente was our realtor when we recently sold our home in Spring, TX. Jill's name was frequently seen... read moreJill Wente was our realtor when we recently sold our home in Spring, TX. Jill's name was frequently seen on for sale signs in our neighborhood and my wife decided that her research said Jill was who we should use.We met with Jill about one month before we were ready to list the property and Jill was very willing to speak with us and go through what she felt were the appropriate things that a home owner should be doing. She also had multiple home sales in the area and told us where she thought we should price our home. In addition Jill went through the entire home and gave us instructions on what needed to be done in order to make our home the most attractive. Before the home was put on the market, with a "coming soon" sign in the front yard, we had showing and offers. After the initial open house, we had 4 offers and selected one. The offers were at asking price or above. Unfortunately, the people who made the original offer we accepted, were not able to get their financing, but this didn't stop Jill. We kept the earnest money and relisted and immediately had 3 new listings, including the original family who opted out. After several discussions, we agreed to offer the home to the original family again, but included at Jill's recommendation very high earnest money requirements which the family accepted. The purchase went through and we set closing, moving out of our home to a new home near Austin, TX. Unfortunately during the move out, a leak developed in the laundry room and Jill found this. She immediately called us and we left everything in her capable hands as we were out of town. She contacted a plumber, had the pipe repaired, contacted a remediation company to dry the house, and another contractor to repaint the damaged areas. Jill also delayed the closing in order to get everything done. Jill was able to take a horrible experience and make everything right. She is the best realtor we have used and we have had at least 8 moves using 15 different realtors in the past. read less