The Perfect Way NOT to sell your home

By Keith Kyle

As a long time realtor in Redondo Beach it never ceases to amaze me how little effort sometimes goes into trying to sell a home.  I’m not sure if there’s some very odd situation where owners want or need a home listed but don’t actually want to sell it but once in a while I run into a listing which appears to do everything possible NOT to sell the home.

I just looked at something today on the market and they seem to have done everything to keep the home from selling.  I often see one of the details on listings but it’s been a while since I saw so many aspects of a listing that will keep it from selling.  Keep in mind that this isn’t a short sale.

  1. Price:  This is obviously a common one but the home is probably priced $200,000 over market value
  2. Pictures:  Of course they are terrible
  3. Commission:  They’ve reduced the buyer’s agent commission to 1.5%
  4. Showing:  They’ve made showing the home a serious challenge.  Not only does it require 24 hour notice but they won’t call back and don’t respond to emails or texts.  No lockbox of course.
  5. Out of area agent:  They’re using an agent that doesn’t know the market and doesn’t seem to be putting much time or effort into selling it (and they won’t return my call)
  6. Condition:  I had been through the home long ago (probably 8 months….yes it’s surprisingly been on the market for almost a year) and I wasn’t allowed in one of the bedrooms, all of the blinds are closed and it’s a mess.

So the question is….why put it on the market if you don’t want to sell it?