Top 10 List of What to Expect Once Your Home is Listed for Sale in Olympia WA

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

Top 10 List of What to Expect Once Your Home is Listed for Sale in Olympia WA

Once your home is listed for sale in Olympia, WA, here are the top 10 things to expect.  This is a list I give to my sellers to prepare them for what it is like to have their home on the market when they are still occupying the home.  

1. Agents will call you to set up a showing appointment.  If you miss their call, please call them back to confirm the showing appointment.  Let the agent know if there are any showing instructions or what they should know, such as the dogs are in the garage or if someone will be home during the showing, etc.

2. Turn on the lights and leave.  Set up an inviting and welcoming home for buyers.  Turn on the lights, freshen up the home and leave so the buyers can take their time to view the house.

3. Agents will leave their business card letting you know they were there.  Sometime agents do forget to leave their business card behind, but usually you will find their business card on an entry table or the kitchen counter. 

4. Sometimes agents don’t show up.  This can happen.  Sometimes the clients decide at the last minute they don’t want to see the house or other issues come up preventing them from keeping the appointment, however most agents will call to let you know.

5. Agents are usually showing multiple homes.  If they say they will show the house at a specific time or if they give you a 30-minute window, for example, understand they are showing multiple homes and they may not be able to stick to that time exactly.  If they say they will be there at 11 AM, you may want to be out of the house by 10:45 AM.

6. Use the lockbox as a security feature.  This is a rare occurrence, but if someone says they are an agent and knocks on your door to see the house without an appointment, it is up to you if you want to let them in.  If you do decide to let them in, ask them to open the lockbox.  If they refuse or they say they forgot their key, I would advise you not to let them in.  I also advise you not to let in anyone who is not accompanied by an agent.  When the lockbox is opened, I get an email stating who opened it and when.

7. Put away any valuable items.  Don’t leave out cash or small, valuable items that easily can be picked up by people touring your home.  An agent will ALWAYS be with the clients.  Children may also be house-hunting with their parents and may be tempted to touch fragile items. 

7a. Clutter decreases equity.  Declutter, depersonalize and deep clean your home so it shows its best!

8. Shoes-off policy?  If you have a shoes-off policy, please let me know.  You can also add runners and area rugs to help minimize dirt being tracked in.

9. If a buyer’s agent contacts you with questions, please refer them to me.  Sometimes buyer’s agents will call you directly to ask you questions about the property.  The standard protocol is for that agent to contact me.  Sometimes agents may want to try to get additional information from you that could potentially harm you in negotiations.  This is rare but sometimes happens.

10.  If you have any questions or if any problems arise, please let me know immediately so I can help.  Having your home listed and shown can be stressful, and both I and the buyer’s agents strive to be respectful of your home and your time.

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

 

Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and DuPont, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA

 

Cell:      (360) 359-0689

Email:  Francine.Viola@cbolympia.com

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Francine, you've done it again!  Another tremendously valuable post for both sellers and buyers (and agents!). Suggested and reblogged!

I'd love to feature you as a "guest blogger" on my WordPress blog - reposting an article like this one fits very well with the experience a BC home seller would find...and Olympia is just across the border, for those considering investment property in the US! :-)

Jan 04, 2012 09:58 PM #1
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
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Hi Karen!!  Thank you again!  I would love to be a guest blogger.  I will be posting Part II of this blog for sellers on what to expect when they receive an offer.  

Again, I appreciate all your support and encouragement! :-)

Jan 04, 2012 10:30 PM #2
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Great list, Francine. Have you noticed that quite a few agents don't leave business cards at homes where there is a Supra or Sentrilock lockbox? I think they keep that 5¢ business card knowing that their entrance is recorded by the system for the selling agents .

Jan 05, 2012 12:09 PM #3
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Russel...yes, leaving behind the business card is probably the most broken rule in our MLS.  But for an occupied home, the showing agent absolutely needs to remember to do this because the homeowner has no idea if they've been through.  I would hope that agents just forget to do this rather than trying to save 5 cents!

Jan 05, 2012 01:32 PM #4
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Great, Francine!  I'll look forward to seeing part 2!

Jan 05, 2012 11:28 PM #5
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Christine McDaniel
Red Key Realty Leaders - Crown Point, IN
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Great suggestions Francine!

Jan 05, 2012 11:56 PM #6
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Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Francine: Asking the agent to open the lockbox is a great suggestion. For an electronic box, they demonstrate they have the tools of the trade. With a combo, they needed to get that combo from the listing agent. Good catch! 

Jan 06, 2012 03:27 AM #7
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Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
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Hi Anne....in real estate, you never know what to expect and there are many other items to add that can come up but I just don't want sellers to assume that everyone who comes by is legitimate.  So I always ask my sellers to make the agent open the box.  

Jan 06, 2012 04:49 PM #8
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