I love my agent but not getting it sold. Should I switch?

Asked by Fay, Staten Island, NY Fri Sep 27, 2013

Believe price is fair based on CMA, but home has 60's decor. All the decor is nice but admittedly old style. Too much work to change decor now. Best for buyer to redecorate. Have adjusted price but seems buyers for this style are quite few. Agent says just sit tight, it only takes one. Listing still has time to run on MLS.

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sat Sep 28, 2013
Should you switch agents?

I'm guessing that the overwhelming majority of agent-switches are accompanied by a significant price drop, which makes me wonder - why the seller didn't just give their first agent the price drop?

The price must be attractive enough to want to make someone take on the project of redecorating.

All the best,
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Sep 28, 2013
If you like your agent, why switch; rather, discuss ways you can better your odds of selling sooner, rather than later....
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Deborah Brac…, Agent, STATEN ISLAND, NY
Sat Sep 28, 2013
No, you shouldn't switch. Communicate with your agent about price, condition, and the marketing that's being done to make sure you covered "all your bases."
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Martina Ryan, Agent, Flushing, NY
Sat Sep 28, 2013
Sounds like your home needs some staging or at least a little updating. Weigh the value of decreasing the price again or spending some money on a little updating.
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Fajardo Dela…, Agent, Flushing, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Most homes sometimes it takes a few open house and a well
thought marketing plan. Sit down with your agent and ask
what she/he is doing to get the most exposure in the area.
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347 932-0609
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Gary R. DeFi…, Agent, New York, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Hi Fay,
Well, it doesn't sound like you are blaming your agent. However, when your agent brought you the comps you should have recognized that the comps did not take into account that you had an outdated decor.

Once you determined that your home needs updating you probably shouldn't have listed the house. And, you should have taken the time to do some updating. If your house is not selling it makes no sense to try to sell it in the condition it is in. You probably will be waiting a long time for a buyer in the current condition.

Maybe you should tell your agent to put the house on "hold" status until you can do some quick updates or, take it off the market until the changes are completed. Good luck.
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Amanda Chris…, Agent, Fort Wayne, IN
Fri Sep 27, 2013
It's hard to blame it on the agent when you just told us all why it isn't selling. Do your part and change the decor, paint, and do what you can do to make it appealing.

If you aren't willing to do these things, then drop the price and stop blaming your agent.
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Felix A. Gar…, Agent, staten island, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Hi Fay

It is true and does only take one, but when you viewed comps and decided on a price did you take into account for the comp's possibly having been updated compared to yours. Usually when a home is priced right it sell's you might want to sit down with your agent and comp with a new strategy.

Thanks Felix
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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Fri Sep 27, 2013
Change the decor.

While it's true that it only takes one...and it's true that at some price nearly anything will sell...you improve your odds greatly by appealing to today's buyer and today's tastes.

Lots of buyers have very little imagination--very little ability to imagine what new paint, carpet, light fixtures, cabinet handles, etc., can have on a place. Or they greatly overestimate the cost.

Keep in mind that the comps probably had more recent, more attractive decor. And while the differences might be largely superficial, they do matter when it comes to buyers and prices.

Ask your agent for input on what to change. Then do all that you're able to.

Hope that helps.
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Jill Subes, Agent, Staten Island, NY
Fri Sep 27, 2013
That is tru . It does only take one, but sometimes buyers are turned off these days when they have so much work to do unless they can get it for a really good price. If it is priced accordingly it should sell in this market.
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