Selling Your Home "IS" Stressful!

Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Seller AnxietySelling Your Home "iS" Stressful!  May be the biggest understatement ever made.  

The facts are, it is stressful but that is because of the process of selling.  It requires both strategy and commitment to sell your home.

Career professionals can help you reduce the stress of selling but can not eliminate the stressful situations created within the selling process.

One of the ways real estate professionals help you is outlining the selling process so you know what to expect and when.

First sellers have to decide how they are going to sell, on their own of with a real estate professional.  If you use a real estate professional it is a mutual goal relationship.  Mean you and your real estate agent work to sell your home.  If you decide to sell on you own it is you and only you.  So how much stress is created by selling is your choice as a seller.

Some of the stress related issues that real estate professionals can not change are:

  • Preparing your home for sale Inside and out.
  • Pricing your home.  You have the final choice for your homes sell price.  Agents give you pricing advice and it is  only advice.  You can take it or set another price based on your pricing knowledge.  That also means you shouldn't be using the agent you selected because you have already show you do not trust their knowledge.
  • Making your home ready for showing appointments.
  • Analysizing offers.  Agents can help you with reviewing buyer offers however it is your final decision to accept or reject.  It is your home, your decision.
These are only some of the stresses, then add:
  • Moving
  • Home selection to replace the home you just sold and yes home selling is stressful and full of anticipation, adventure and a new beginning with a lifestyle change that you purposely do to improve your life.
So when you decide to sell, know you will have some stress issues. The stress issues that can be controlled to reduce your Getting the Most for your Home without Maximizing Stress.anxiety is a matter of planning.  Stresses that can not be changed can be minimized by understanding what they are and when you can expect them to happen.  Selling should make a difference in your life and lifestyle by meeting your life goals.
Happy Selling!

 Gary L. White, Associate Broker


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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Personal Service, always.
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC

No matter how many times one has gone through the process, the stresses remain.  A good real estate professional can reduce a big part of the stress!

September 14, 2011 08:01 AM
Cheryl Ritchie
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
RE/MAX Leading Edge
I agree with this! Stress Reduction and good planning plus realistic expectations go and in hand.
September 14, 2011 08:41 AM
Michelle Francis
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease
Tim Francis Realty LLC


The better the plan, the more it helps reduce stress.  Like any good team, you can have good results working together. 

All the bets, Michelle

September 14, 2011 08:57 AM
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Gary, educating sellers with what to expect can help relieve a lot of stress. Good Post!

September 14, 2011 09:19 AM
Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca

I have systems in place that allow for production results. When I take a listing, I have several things that go into play and within a day or two, we are out there full blast making things happen...Then, just answering my phone seals the deal after-wards...Systems work, experience works and people who know this do well...No learning curve on things this important. Get it done professionally

September 14, 2011 10:39 AM
Bruce Kunz
REALTOR®, Howell NJ Homes for Sale
Bruce Kunz @ Veltri & Associates, 866-483-5874 x464

Very True, Gary!  Stress is a necessary by-product of any sale. Being a partner with your client makes the stress level MUCH lower.


September 14, 2011 11:55 AM
David Selman
Professional Home Inspector
Selman Home Inspections, Inc.

Nice Post Gary! As a home inspector, I know what the results of a buyers home inspection can do to a deal. But, if sellers would consider hiring a home inspector who does "Move In Certified" Seller Home Inspections, then, by fixing many of the items on the list, the seller has much less risk of a buyers inspection killing the deal. I would love to see this turn around and see more sellers protect themselves with a seller's inspection.

September 14, 2011 11:55 AM
Charlie Dresen
Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty

Selling as well as buying are stressful because so many things can end up being out of your control. A good plan certainly helps, but addressing new information thoroughly and promptly as it arises is key and understanding that even the best plan has to be prepared for flexibility to deal with the unknowns is also important. It's great when you can partner with your seller or buyer and go through the process with the same expectations of what it'll take to keep the stress to a minimum.

September 14, 2011 12:19 PM
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY


Great post and great points about being stressed when selling. There are some that we cannot control but there are thing that we can control.

September 14, 2011 02:42 PM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate

Selling your home is stressful!  I think it is on the list of heart attack indicators.  If it isn't it should be.

September 14, 2011 03:09 PM
Kim Boekholder **Results Real Estate**
Broker, Selling Salt Lake Homes
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624

stressful for sure, they stress about the amount of showings, the offer that came in, the offer thats undercontract, where they are going to move to, when to move, when to pack and like your list shows above it never ends the whole process is a rollercoaster. thank you for the great post.

September 14, 2011 04:17 PM
David Becker
Boutique Realty

The fact that the llisting agreement is so many pages in and of itself...starts the stress!!

September 14, 2011 05:32 PM
Barb Van Stensel

Good post, Gary and so right on the spot.  Trust everything is going well in Grand Rapids.

September 14, 2011 06:04 PM
Ridhi Raheja
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan
Movement Mortgage (Illinois)

Gary, great post and very much to the point.

September 14, 2011 08:33 PM
Erica Ramus
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA

Stress stress stress all around. Sellers these days are really pressured.

September 14, 2011 08:37 PM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

Gary - Selling a home is stressful, and you are right. There are ways to reduce it, and having a professional can be a big help.

September 14, 2011 08:38 PM
Donald Reich
Prudential Centennial

Gary so true. This is why pricing a home right for a quick sale is so important!

September 15, 2011 12:34 AM
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate is what it is. Stressful or not we'll all live through it.  GOll with the punches and get the house sold.


Patricia Aulson/ SEacoast NH & ME

September 15, 2011 08:16 AM
Kathy Sheehan
Branch Manager
Movement Mortgage 770-634-4021

Preparation is the key to alleviating stress, without a doubt.

September 15, 2011 10:35 AM
David Harper
Homes For Rent
Re/Max in Motion Florida, Inc.

Great post Gary. Communication is so important between all parties involved.

September 22, 2011 01:59 PM
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