You and your agent have a shared objective - to sell your condo - anything that sets it apart in a positive way and highlights the value will held, not hinder, that goal.
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"ALL the realtors failed to list upgrades"???? So, why didn't you provide them with a list if they were so incompetent, and it was your bad luck to find more than one agent who didn't list these upgrades?
Joan - honestly, No one here can answer your question.
I highly doubt that the lack of a list caused your home not to sell. Something else is going on.
When all else fails - price is the great equalizier..........are there a lot of properties currently listed in your complex?
What do you think is your most significant upgrade?
Meet with your current agent, and ask for an honest, tough-love assessment of your situation........maybe that will shed some light in why you aren't selling.
The word, "upgrade," to buyers, means: it's an older home that has had some stuff replaced. The more you list, the more they wonder, "what have they left off of the list?"
"Different" doesn't mean "better." Your condo is different ... from the others. How is the buyer to know, Good, or bad?
But more to the point, Joan, is this: why are we reading that "all" the realtors you have hired? Certainly, that means at least three. Some people are unlucky, and have to run through a few agents before they find The One. Still. "All?"
Maybe you and your agent-of-the-month should get together and hammer out an agreement on how your home is to be marketed, and at what price. You both should, as they say, be "on the same page." Clearly, right now, you're not.
All the best,
I'm not trying to be my usual on-line smart alec self, but isn't this really something you should be asking your agent. However, if the agent can't write a decent description, tell him/her you'll do it, but you will be expecting a rebate on the commission, and by the time the addendum is ready covering it, you will have the description ready for him/her. Maybe something like that would be a wake up call.
As far as the price, that's your call. If you didn't like it, why did you even agree to it? Once it's out at that price, it's hard to raise it and expect anything in the way of a good result.
There are a few things you have left out such as how long your property has been listed, have you had showings, any offers?
A realtor can only advise on price while the sellers actuallly set the price.
Even without listing upgrades and differences, if the price is lower than other condos, it should have had a lot of activity at the very least and I would think offers as well.
Something seems to be missing from this picture...
By the way, you said it at the beginning of your question- you hired your realtor and as your realtor's boss, you need to make it clear to your realtor that you want upgrades and square footage listed, as well as other things you may think are important. Your agent is your advisor, but you are the boss.
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My MLS won't even let us call a room a "family-sized dining room" , as it may offend those who don't have families.....so the reference to: "Chrch" in your listing description really jumped out at me......it would never make it on our mls for sure............quite frankly, it probably shouldn't be there......we may mention that a home is close to (NOT in "walking" distance) houses of worship or shops or NY bus, but never say church or synagogue or any other specific reference to religion........interesting how these things vary from area to area.
Joan - if that is the only text description of your home, I'd like to think it could be improved, as while it may be factual, it certainly doesn't sound warm or inviting. Where are the adjectives? Can you not use sentences to add descriptive phrases?
Of course, ti still comes down to pricing no matter how nice the wording might be!
Is the description below what you asked your Realtor to put in the marketing remarks? I happen to know every Agent that you have hired so far. I suggest you listen to what they have to say about the price and let them decide what a buyer wants to read in the marketing description. What you have in there now is not what they want to read. I suggest posting a question to get feedback from Trulia members whether or not this is a good marketing description. In ending, it all comes down to price and condition.
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If other complexs are selling and not units in your complex, it time to ask questions.
I would meet with your agent an review the mls discription and see how that can be enhanced. In addition, I would review all the comments people have made when they viewed your property. If the other units in other complexes are selling try to understand why. You always can view the units in competition with your unit to get a better idea how you compare to the condo's listed in your area. It is always better to see things how buyers see them.
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Are you in the MLS? I tried to find it and was unable to. What I can tell you is that square footage and some other information is automatically pulled from public records and put into the listing in the MLS for Lehigh (as well as for other multi-list systems). There may be reasons for not hightlighting what you want versus what is highlighted, there may be other reasons for yours not selling. What are you using to determine that the upgrades and square footage are not being highlighted? Is it a print ad, an on-line ad, the MLS or where? Maybe there are a variety of ad locations where the upgrades are being highlighted or maybe not. The only way you'll get a real answer to your question is to talk with your Realtor. If you've had 3 or more Realtors and they have not focused on your upgrades, maybe they are upgrades that do not make a difference or maybe they really are just normal maintenance items - like replacing carpet. If you replaced the carpet with a better grade carpet, it may not be something that should be highlighted. As others have said, I would make a list of what you want highlighted and sit down with your Realtor for an honest discussion.
Sharon Sapp, GRI, e-Pro Realtor with Century 21 Call First