No Showings, what's wrong?

Asked by V, 60544 Tue Apr 22, 2008

14109 S. Hemingway, 60544. Please look and tell me. I really need to sell this home ASAP.

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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Hemingway Circle, right?

Your pictures could use some improvement... 1 of the photos is of a "hallway", and you have 2 photos of unkempt beds, and a photo of the toilet. It might be worthwhile to contact a professional (VideoHomeTours works in the Chicagoland area) to take "wide angled" photos and perhaps a virtual tour.

Your description in the MLS is anemic... not enough detail... you wrote:

GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING-OPEN KITCHEN EATING AND FAMILY ROOM WITH FIREPLACE. SLIDING DOORS TO PATIO AND BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED BACKYARD. 2ND FLOOR LAUNDRY ROOM. FABULOUS MASTER SUITE AND A 2 CAR GARAGE. MUST SEE!

How about something like: 3 Bedroom/2Bath Colonial, with great floor plan for entertaining. Kitchen w/Corian counters and newer GE Profile appliances and breakfast bar overlooks family room w/Marble fireplace. Sliding glass doors lead to patio and professionally landscaped yard. Wonderful master suite and second flr. laundry, and full 2 car attached garage.

Last, but not least, your listing states: SMALL DOG MUST CALL OWNER TO CONFIRM BEFORE SHOWING.

This could be a problem, real estate agents are lazy, and if they have to wait for confirmation, they might make an appointment at a home that's easier (sorry.. but it's true... they're lazy)... either crate the dog, or put it at doggy-day-care while you're on the market. You don't want to put any obstacles between you and showings.
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Steve Kelley, Agent, Georgetown, TX
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Price. Price. Price. Price.
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Terry Frewen, Agent, Portland, MI
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Looks like a newer home. How is it priced comparable to Brand New build's. You could be price higher than the Brand New homes and loosing buyers to them. People are buying your house not your beds.
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Amanda Pile, Home Seller, Plainfield, IL
Mon Apr 30, 2012
I agree with Alan from Evanston.

First impressions are the most important when trying to catch a buyers attention. As you know, Trulia can find many homes in a general area in one fast search. If you do not have photos, or in your case have very limited, unappealing photos, then the buyer will make one simple click onto the next result and you have lost any chance of following on to a showing. Pictures should be the best of what you have to offer.
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Lee Throw De…, Agent, New Lenox, IL
Fri Jun 13, 2008
Your home was only listed for 45 days and that's not long enough in this market. If you need to sell then you and the agent have to be aggressive, especially in Plainfield where the area is inundated with listings. You've got to stay on the market to get noticed. I'm reading the remarks now and I'm not impressed by what was written. Good luck to you.
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Kathleen Mea…, , Great Falls, MT
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Condition and Street Appeal are critical any time, but more so now in a slower market. Price - Location- and your Contingencies for moving and closing in a timely manner. Ask your agent to take you through similar priced homes anywhere in your city. Seeing is believeing. What do you think the major difference is in your home, vrs those competing with you? Visualization is a real eye opener. Get inside the other properties. The ones sold are no longer available to a buyer - what is on the market today is your competition. In this market the buyer will always look to see what his/her dollar will buy, they will check all properties out for the best bang for their buck. You will know what your home is worth in comparision if you go through them and honestly access your price, condition and what you are willing to leave as personal property etc. Good Luck
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Mark Roncone, , Naperville, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
The market is flooded with homes for sale. Make sure to price you home a little under market value. Good luck V!
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Selena McNei…, Agent, Bend, OR
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Hello,
I am sorry that you have not had any showings! I think the best thing to do would be to ask your agent to show you some prices of comparable homes in the same area and see what they are Active, Pending, and Selling for. Then it would be good to see where your property compares in terms of price etc to those other homes. I hope this helps and Good Luck!
Take Care,
Selena McNeill, Broker
Century 21 Gold Country Realty
Bend, OR
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Michael Adams, Agent, Belle Mead, NJ
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Hello V,
First, have a "heart to heart" talk with your real estate agent about your concerns. If selling ASAP is your motovation, then aggressive pricing is paramount. Here in New Jersery, a study by the Otteau Valuation Group measured and analyzed more than 15,000 transactions annually over a period of several years. The same pattern emerged in every price range, regardless of whether the properties in question were entry-level or luxury million-dollar homes: Sellers who priced their home below the market from the beginning, often received a higher price and a faster sale. And..there is no doubt in my mind New Jersey home buyers are looking for value.

Next, talk to your agent or go online to learn about home staging. It won't take much to transorm your home to look like a "model home". Ensure that your internet presence includes more than 7 photos (the more the better) that show off the space; are clear, sharp, bight and formatted no less than 640X800. Aside from Trulia, can you also be found on Google, Zillow, Craigslist, Frontdoor, Backpage and Terrabitz? A virtual tour is another must to have when marketing aggressively.

There are plenty of great suggestions posted here besides mine. A final thought is to increase curb appeal by adding potted flowers/plants in your fron yard. I invite you to visit my Blog, Somerset 08873, for more tips.

Best of luck to you,
Michael Adams, Realtor®, e-PRO certified
CENTURY21 Our Town Realty
852 Easton Ave., Somerset, NJ 08873
Office: 732.828.3700 ext306 Fax: 732.828.3913
Email: mjadams@century21.com Website: http://www.mjAdamsSellsHomes.com
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Harry Dick, , Chicago, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
A friend of mine lives not far from you in Plainfield and has had the same problem trying to sell his home. The problem with Plainfield is that it is pretty much cookie cutter construction out there and people can get a new construction prefabricated house for just a few thousand more than your 10 year old house. Also with the price of gas hitting $4 a gallon alot of people are moving closer to Chicago. I think you are priced too high seeing as you bought for $212,000 in late 2005 and there has been depreciation to property since then. Lower your asking price to $205k and I bet you get some bites.
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None, , Albuquerque, NM
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Take new photos! Or have your Realtor hire a professional company to take them for you and place a virtual tour online. The front photo of the property shows the house yes, but what are you trying to hide in the front yard/driveway? The interior pictures show Dining Room Table, 2 Beds, nice but you are selling your house (squarefootage) not the furniture, and what we can see of the rooms the lighting is overexposed. How about more pictures of backyard, living room, mastersuite, bath? Has your Realtor taken you around to view your competition? Have they been getting showings?
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Jim Starwalt, Agent, Grayslake, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
The most likely answer is the price. If you have a listing agent, you need to ask them for their advice on pricing. Thank you.
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Katherine Co…, , Winston Salem, NC
Tue Apr 22, 2008
It is critical in this market to price home agressively. You have to be able to offer more than the competition. Homes need to have many updates or be very affordable in order to have quick sales.
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Suzanne Riley, Agent, Manistee, MI
Tue Apr 22, 2008
It must be one of the five: Price, condition, location, marketing or the market in your area.
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Michele Nixon, Agent, Naperville, IL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
No doubt if you need to sell your home ASAP, pricing aggressively is key. But, above that, you need to make sure your home is getting plenty of exposure. You have a lot of competition in your subdivision. What makes your home stand out from the others? Has your agent taken you to see your competition? Price won't make a difference if no one sees you apart from the others. And, finally, make sure you're viewing your home through the eyes of a buyer. What makes sense to you may not make sense to the majority of buyers. Good luck!
Web Reference:  http://www.MicheleNixon.us
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Nona Swann, Agent, Melbourne, FL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
In a Buyer's market it always comes down to price. With so much inventory it is important to prepare and stage your home and then price it to sell.
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V, Home Seller, 60544
Tue Apr 22, 2008
It is advertised on many websites. The pictures are what my realtor took.

here is a link to just one of the sites.
http://www.zillow.com/HomeDetails.htm?zprop=5351049
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Shirley Anth…, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Apr 22, 2008
COMBINATION OF PRICE AND LOCAL COMPETITION
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Terry Frewen, Agent, Portland, MI
Tue Apr 22, 2008
Is it being marketed on the internet? 80% of home buyers go to the internet to see real estate first. Are their multiple photos online, virtual tour, video tour? Is it a good photo? These are a must in todays market. Buyers will skip right over the listing if there isn't any photos and some will skip it if there isn't a video or virtual tour.
Web Reference:  http://www.coolcityhomes.com
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