All the best,
Home sellers are not professionals, and while most of them respect our opinions, the fact is that many people just can't "git 'er done." Which is fine, really it is. Life is short, and people may be good at their job and not so good at organizing home cleanup. C'est la vie.
What is more vexing is how you are slow to find the homes that are properly priced and ready to go. I suggest that you get more lioness-like and focus on the prey that has been caught by other hunters, rather than at the inedible swill you complain about.
Go get 'em!
I do not believe agents such as these are doing what's best for their client, and I have run into many properties such as those you describe. You and your agent should be asking these types of questions as to why the seller is selling or your agent may conduct some good ole-fashioned research to determine whether there is any wiggle room between the mortgage owed and the asking price. I'm sure you will see many properties are listed at the break even point so that the list agent avoids marking the property as a "short sale." While this tactic is not at all helpful, this will also help you decide or avoid making offers on properties in the first place. You'll find out about those stubborn agents, inexperienced agents, or those who refuse to be flexible - due to the other reasons he or she has not told you. This is why I always conduct my research, and I do not work with these types of agents. I don't like wasting my time.... money, effort, etc.... So, while this tactic is not helping the sellers at all, your agent's research will show the true picture, and you can make your decision of whether you're even going to pursue the property in the first place. I've written about these issues and more in an article on short sales from the seller's perspective. If you'd like more info, please visit the link! Good Luck!
Buyers are so concerned with perfection that they let nice property with potential slip away, some that may require a little bit of effort to work. Overpriced is another big thing, all houses appear to be overpriced. Well, in reality that idea of overprice is a mental barrier, as most people have so much in wasteful spending, their already paying for the house, without the house to show for it. They're stepping over dollars to pick up pennies, and they'll continue to wait for that perfect house.
There might be cases of willing sellers who fail to take good care of their property, but this should be the exception rather than the norm.
What you describe is frustating.
From buyers in Jefferson City MO to those in my back yard in Palm Harbor Fl, the story is identical.
Buyers are disconnected with the reality of the market.
Sellers hear and do what ever they want.
Both believe they are right.
The market is proving one group to be correct.
Both have within their ability the means to change the outcome.
Too often BOTH say, "No thank you, I have standards."
Bob provides a very compelling image of what is happing in that market.
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Thank you, Amy.
Well, you are at a disadvantage if you're not local, which isn't the fault of sellers with dirty and overpriced listings.
If we separate the issues - there's one issue where there are overpriced homes in poor condition whose sellers don't have them appropriately priced or prepared for the market, there's another issue in that you can't bid quickly enough on those that are well-priced and well-prepared for the market - then I think we should forget about the former and concentrate on getting you in a place where you can buy one of the latter.
All the best,
Second, while I dont know what homes you are looking at, if you are looking at homes that are "distressed" - estates, short sales, etc - you are looking at homes where people are at their lowest point - they dont necessarily want to sell their home, but often they have no choice. They are overwhelmed, depressed, and out of money. They often dont want to sell their home but are being forced to due to medical issues, job loss or cut-backs, divorce, death and other things that have occurred that were out of their control. Keeping the house clean and "show ready" is not their priority - their priority is survival. They know the house will be gone whether because it sells or because the bank forecloses on them.
Third, there are some sellers who due to age or medical issues literally are unable to see, smell, and hence recognize thatbtheir home is not at the same status of cleanliness as other homes are.