Dear NRH Mom,
Since your question was posted in April, we shall hope you have it SOLD by now!
But you, like most sellers, have asked two different questions, and a third one lies hidden in your frustration.
First: How soon can I expect showings after placing my house on the market? There is no set answer; however, if the house is priced right for the neighborhood, showings should start right away, because there are always buyers (and Buyer's Agents) out there looking for new listings to inspect. So --- if the house is NOT being shown, it's either not in MLS, or the price is too high. Do not price your home for what you think you need to get out of it! Price it for what it is worth in today's market in your subdivision.
Second: How fast should my house sell? The average is around 90 days. But that is a statistic. So obviously some houses take longer and some sell rather quickly. I just took a new listing and sold it in 3 weeks, when a previous agent had had it listed for 3 months. The difference: clever marketing!
The speed at which a house sells is dependent on the price, the conditioon, and the location. You can't change the location, and there is only so much you can do to the condition. But YOU do control the asking price!
Third: You may be asking "Why hasn't my Agent given me all the information about what is happening in my neighborhood?" A good Realtor will give you a list of all the houses which have sold in your area recently. And also a list of all the ones "for sale" right now. In other words, your competition. Go look at them. See what your competition is, and then beat the competition if you want to sell your house before they sell theirs! Buyers will look at everything in their price range. So you have to appeal to the buyers who are looking for a good deal in your neighborhood. Of course, it helps to have the cleanest house on the block, because people like to think they are going to live in a clean house. (Even if they live as slobs now, they want to buy a clean house!)
So don't blame your Realtor if your house did not sell. Ask yourself "What can I do to make my house more attractive to the average buyer?" ...Once you get realistic about what your house will sell for, you will get a contract on it. Then it is time to start packing!
Footnote: If I didn't answer your question, please call me at 817-576-3867. I don't charge for my answers and advice.
The Michael Group
...selling North Richland Hills for over 31 years....