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Your House Might Sell When Pigs Fly

Sometimes selling a home just seems to take forever. It might sell when pigs fly!

My listings are marketed equally. Two MLS systems, www.lizette.us, my blog, my weekly email newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, 50 other websites, etc. COMPLETE OVERKILL! Still...some houses sell...some don't.  

There is no rhyme or reason why some houses get showings...others do not. Well....a few houses may have problems and that maybe the cause. Some are OVERPRICED, dirty, bad pictures, uncooperative sellers(or AGENTS), pets, repairs needed, ugly carpet, appalling decor, no basement, master on the second floor, blah,blah, blah. Some great houses get no showing at all! That always amazes me.  

When pigs flyI can well remember the first listing I had that expired after 180 days. I thought it was the end of the world.

My very best spin went into the marketing. Still....it just went kaput. I was heartbroken.

I vowed to not go through that again! Surely, I could will buyers to the next house I listed!

Just like yesterday, I can recall one house I had listed in Lexington. There was a deadline to get it sold because the sellers had put a contract on another home in Richmond.

Diligently, I placed all my marketing and literally sat there EVERY Sunday to make magic happen.

The house was spotless, beautifully painted and had designer decor...a dream house.

People came in a looked around for 6 months. The contract on the other home was extended. That house was gonna sell when pigs fly!  I was so sad for my couple. We had to let both dreams go.

Life went on and about 8 months later the seller called me. "Lizette", she said, "I know now why our house just didn't sell. It was a higher power watching over us. Our daughter is now pregnant and will have to live with us and we need to raise the baby. Our dream of moving and being closer to the lake to play on jet skis would have been a mistake. We need to stay put and take care of this baby. You did all you could but it wasn't meant to be."When Pigs Fly

This changed my thinking about my listings. I started to relax and believe that all would work out as it is supposed to.

Some houses get buyers...some do not. It only takes one.

When all the marketing is in place and believe me... My listings are seen EVERYWHERE on the Internet. The right buyer will come along IF they are supposed to.

My advise for sellers is to relax. Enjoy your life. If you have a great agent doing a wonderful job. RELAX.

On the other hand...if you are dealing with an agent that is a slacker and that's the problem...let them go and get an agent that takes interest in doing their best.

Since 98% of all buyers will be from the Internet, Google your address to see where it is marketed. Google your agent to see if they have page upon page of Internet presence. You need an Internet saavy agent. Less than 3% of buyers come from print ads. Don't push for this type of marketing...it's a waste of your agent's marketing dollars.

Life happens while you are making other plans -  John Lennon

P.S. These amazing Flying Pigs were sighted and photographed by my dear friend, Connie King in Tennessee.

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*Your House Might Sell When Pigs Fly*

95 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • April 18 2010 10:42AM

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Lizette,

I agree that the agent needs to have an internet presence. Without that marketing for themselves, how will they be able to market your home?

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 4 years ago

I completely agree. It happens when it happens. I had a seller who wanted to sell... but didn't emotionally let go of the house. Once she did that (5 months later when her life circumstances changed), it sold within a month.

Posted by Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) over 4 years ago

Pigs actually do fly, Lizette. Federal Express delivers barbeque from Memphis, a small town in Tennessee, to countries all over the world every day. By the way, I'm sitting here listening to John Lennon and "Watching the Wheels" as I read your blog.

Posted by David Saks, Memphis, Tennessee (The Real Estate Mart of Tennessee, Inc.) over 4 years ago

This should be a featured post...you're absolutely right.    As long as everything is primely presented, and the best is being done for the client, the rest really is "up to the gods".  

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 4 years ago

Brian - Isn't that the TRUTH! There's no way an agent can get around it these days.

Debi - You are right...it is an emotional experience for sellers. Maybe us too! LOL

David - Love Memphis BBQ! Especially the Rendevous dry version. Have a fun Sunday!

Li - Thanks! Hopefully, I will get a feature before pigs fly! The "gods" are in charge!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 4 years ago

Entertaining post with a good point.......when one has done........all they can or should do, the lords prayer kicks in.....thank you

Best

Posted by 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) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

Very nice and funny concept. I will suggest a feature.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc) over 4 years ago

I understand frustration when a listing expires or is lost however, the longer you are in business, the more likely it will occur. I do think you are right aboiut internt presence, it's helped with my listings when everything else did not!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Nice post.  You mention that 3% of buyers come from paper advertising, which is true, but the cost per lead is way higher.  It can be rather inexpensive to gain a ton of web exposure for a listing.

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Coldwell Banker Select Professionals) over 4 years ago

Lizette, everything is in God's plan, when we follow His will for our lives!  Although it doesn't always seem so when it happens, right?

In my experience and observation, there is only ONE obstacle to selling a house:  the PRICE.  If you're not getting buyers, the PRICE IS TOO HIGH.  You don't have to fix up the house, simply lower the price.

Posted by Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor (California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Lizette- A great post!! Love the pics as well!

Posted by Duane Murphy, Realtor, Foreclosures ,Short Sales, Real Estate - (Murphy & Associates Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lizette, Timely post for me as I have a few listings that are going to expire and I am feeling bad that I was not able to get a contract for the buyers.  I only had few months to get a buyer before the listing expired which is really not enough time these days to get a home sold unless you list your home about 10% - 15% under market value.  This post gives me a different outlook on my listings.  Thanks so much for the insight.

Posted by Kari A. Battaglia, Venice FL Realtor - RE/MAX Alliance Group (RE/MAX Alliance Group) over 4 years ago

I'm glad this is Featured. One of your best with a sincere voice and message.

Posted by Andrew J. Lenza (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 4 years ago

It isn't easy getting those pigs to slow down for photos!  

Posted by Connie King (CK Staging & Design, Sevierville, TN) over 4 years ago

I'm glad they found a silver lining. You make your listing very visible- the Google recommendation is key as well. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 4 years ago

Pricing always makes a difference, no amount of marketing can make someone overpay for a house in an under-priced market.

Posted by Leslie Ebersole, REALTOR - Chicagonulls Western Suburbs (Baird&Warner Fox Valley) over 4 years ago

Liz your post was very funny although you were making some important points.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 4 years ago

Lizette - you are so funny - but it is all so true, some just do not sell.  Glad the mystery was solved with yours, and how nice of them to call you and let you know how well it turned out for them.

Posted by Virginia Hepp, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 4 years ago

Great post Lizette, So true! Sometimes "it just wasn't meant to be"

Posted by Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan, NYC (The Corcoran Group) over 4 years ago

Lizette, what a wonderful thought out post. It is true, some just don't sell. I have to tell you providence is involved in all things.

 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 4 years ago

Very well said Lizette. I have a few sellers in the same situation... very well kept updated homes that have had few to zero showings and the sellers have assured me that they know I am doing everything I can but have also put things in God's hands. They said they have faith that a buyer will come and faith is a powerful thing.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 4 years ago

Good advice.  I've found if I invest too personally into whether or not certain listings sell, then it eats a part of me up.  Over the years, I'm more objective.  Cherise

Posted by Cherise Selley, Colorado Springs Realtor (Selley Group Real Estate, LLC) over 4 years ago

Lizette, 

I agree things work out for a reason.  We do a strong marketing job, but sometimes things are not meant to be.  We've actually worked with folks whose house we didn't sell years ago and sold later.  It made more sense later, of course, we originally thought it made sense the first time, but you never know!) 

All the best, Michelle

Posted by Michelle Francis, Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease (Tim Francis Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

Very well put- and thanks for the reminder- internet presence!--Steve

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

I had an expired listing, too, back in 2008.  They received two offers. Both very low...so they decided to stay put. They found out in 2009 they were expecting a "surprise baby #3".  They realize now...they needed to stay in their current home for that very reason. :)  God always knows, and He puts people where they need to be when they need to be there.

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (RE/MAX Realty Center) over 4 years ago

Lizette - Nice title!  I have to know: where was Connie when she took these great photos?

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 4 years ago

Lizette:

Great advice for clients -- and also for other agents to give to their clients. I am glad you posted this. Thanks!

Posted by Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage (Capitol Home Team | Austin TX) over 4 years ago

A great title and so true - when pigs fly!  When you have done all you can do to the best of your knowledge to market the property and the sellers have placed a reasonble listing price and it still sits there????  What is one to do?

Our area has a large inventory of properties and many great homes and bargains just go unnoticed and not shown.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

I had one like that as well. Advertising didn't work, internet didn't. Lots of showings; finally staged it and it sold.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) over 4 years ago

I needed this today!  I have had many of those "Wow, looking back, we didn't sell because we needed THIS right here" moments.  It's hard to see when you're in the here and now job of informing your sellers and watching days tick away with no showings on perfectly good homes.   But many times, that home is just waiting on the right buyer to be ready at the right time.

Posted by Joel Weihe, Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits (Realty World Alliance) over 4 years ago

I love the pics of the pigs.

Posted by Andrew Monaghan, CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker (Your Phoenix Home Source) over 4 years ago

I like the Google your agent and google your address part of your post. These are good reccomendations.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 4 years ago

Lizette, you could not have said it better!  Sometimes even the most wonderful homes do not sell, and you do have to wonder if larger forces are at work.  I'm going to re-blog this.

Posted by Kathryn Acciari, Realtor - CDPE, CIAS, Sturbridge MA Real Estate (RE/MAX Professional Associates, with offices in Sturbridge, Charlton, Auburn, Spencer, and Shrewsbury) over 4 years ago

Great story, I have a listing right now, I can't believe it hasn't sold yet! The property is in great condition. Only negative is the masters upstairs, but the house is priced 5-7% below the competition to take this into consideration.. Still no sale. I do overkill on the marketing like you. I've told myself, when the time is right, it will sell. Your post came at a good time, it confirmed the philosphy I share w/ you.

Posted by Christopher Watters, Austin Real Estate (512-298-4010) (Watters International Realty, LLC.) over 4 years ago

That is the great truth I share frequently with buyers and sellers. If it is all done correctly and still doesn't work there may be a good reason. I've seen it happen hundreds of times.

Keep in mind that worrying oneself to death over something NOT working out takes your power and attention away from being open to the UNEXPECTED opportunities that WILL work out!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

Thanks for stepping up and saying what we all know is true.  Many, many homes DO NOT SELL, despite the efforts of the agent & the seller.  Sometimes there is no comprehensible flaw.  Things happen for a reason (which I really believe to be true) and if you push too hard, you may just end up getting what you asked for, not what you needed.

Have a great day!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker, NW Metro Atlanta (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA)) over 4 years ago

Thanks for saying it like it is.  People love to blame the agent but timing and luck play into it as well as hard work, and sometimes despite our best efforts (and pricing) houses just don't sell.

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

I do agree, internet advertising is number one, although it is tough to get away from print advertising.

Posted by Paul Smith (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Mason-McDuffie) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing those flying pigs!  I want one!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing those flying pigs!  I want one!  Julie

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 4 years ago

David:

Hurray for Corky's.  Memphis still has the best BBQ.  Although Dallas is a great beef town, their culinary talents involving BBQ suffer greatly.  Seems that beef with gravy passes for BBQ over here.  Hurray for FedEx.

Posted by Bill Petrey (AgentHarvest - A Real Estate Agent Finder Service) over 4 years ago

One valuable thing I learned over the last few years is there is a reason for everything and if it's not happening, it's important to be able to drill down to why not.  This especially true for listings.  We use a formula which allows us to identify the component which is creating a barrier. 

Priced Right + Great Presentation + Strategically Advertised To The Widest Possible Buyer Audience => Showings => Offers => Negotiation => Sold 

By breaking listings down into stages, we better identify the area which is the breakdown or barrier and correct.  The real goal is showings.  If that is not happening then there is something undoubtedly wrong with the steps leading up to that.  Likewise, if you are getting showings that don't lead to offers you will find out why in consistency in the feedback. 

In terms of the 'advertised everywhere on the internet', it has to be a bit more strategic than that.  It's about knowing exactly where buyers are shopping for real estate and being there.  And not only being there but being there with great presentation (i.e. lots of photos that are straight and crisp, using well made virtual tours, etc.).  Yes, some 90%+ are shopping the internet during their home search as the NAR studies tell us; but that doesn't mean that is the only means they are finding the house they are looking for.  Other Realtors also play a role.  So are you building your relationships with other Realtors and reaching out to them as well? 

Good article, and best of luck.

 

Posted by Kathleen West, Flagler County & Palm Coast Realtor (Trademark Realty Group of Palm Coast) over 4 years ago

Lizette, Internet presence without a doubt. I agree if it doesn't sell don't let it mess you up.

Great title.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 4 years ago

Hmmm....love the flying pig, and you have also made me hungry for some of that BBQ.  Reminds me of the episode of M*A*S*H* when Hawkeye ordered all those ribs and sauce from Adam's Rib in Chicago.  LOL

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 4 years ago

Lizette - some houses do not sell and I have had the experience as well - well it might have sold if we received a price reduction.pollia

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re (HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912) over 4 years ago

Some you just have to let go and know you did your best!!!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 4 years ago

After a few months, the update conversation with the seller sure gets harder and harder...

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) over 4 years ago

Ok first.....love the flying pig pictures. I don't even see how they got that angle, but I guess I'm photoshop challenged. And sometimes there is a better plan we don't understand. It sounds like a good thing for the sellers....good karma for you.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Ok first.....love the flying pig pictures. I don't even see how they got that angle, but I guess I'm photoshop challenged. And sometimes there is a better plan we don't understand. It sounds like a good thing for the sellers....good karma for you.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

I have a question to you and all the people who have commented regarding this post.

If a property is well marketed and does not have any glaring issues then it would surely sell if priced at the current local market price?

The market price sits where demand andsupply meet. If there is no demand at a price then supply has to drop the price to meet the demand.

I would agree that it would rarely be an agent insisting on holding up a price if a property did not sell, I am sure sellers always feel they can get more for their home, but is there any case to say price is not the issue if a property won't sell?

PS - I totally agree on your online marketing point. Pictures, floorplans, etc are a must.

Posted by Duncan Logan (NationalBLS, the buyer listing service.) over 4 years ago

Lizette,  Can I use that picture?  I want to use it at the end of my listing presentations for the sellers that won't budge on their (overprice) price.

Posted by Terri Poehler, Coral Springs Real Estate Agent (Realtor) over 4 years ago

Every house will sell if it is marketed agressively, priced to move, and staged if possible. If the home is not stageable, then the price should reflect it. Oh.....one more thing: commission really matters and if you don't agree then you don't work for a living.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 4 years ago

Excellent post.  I've had the same experience.  I think one house will sell in a few days and another will never sell and just the opposite happens.  Some house just have the MOJO and others don't.

Posted by Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence (The Reata Realty Group) over 4 years ago

Your title caught my eye.  Yes, some sell you do not expect to and sometimes great listings sit there.  However, so just bark like a dog!

Posted by Jerry Morse, BBA,GRI (The Morse Company) over 4 years ago

Hm... Pigs do really fly....?   

Great post Liyzette.

Posted by Halina Kraszewski (RE/MAX Suburban, Mount Prospect, Cook County, IL) over 4 years ago

Lizette, 

Wow, I needed this post today... I just had a couple cancel on a $1.2M home because it has been on the market for over 6 mos.  They are remodelling a smaller home down the street and want to use the large house to hold incoming carpets, appliances, art work, etc.  I am very disappointed that I could not get it sold within their time-frame... and a  sad I have lost this opportunity.  Your blog helps me see the big picture-- everything will work out.  Right?  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

Things always happen for a reason.  You win some and lose some and as long as you do your best, you can hang your head up high.  Sellers might not always feel the same way but they come and go.  We're always around.

 

Posted by Russell Benson (Prudential Alliance Realty-OKC, OK) over 4 years ago

I wish your pigs would ply my way.  I have one listing that just won't budge!

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA) over 4 years ago

I used to have extra St Joseph statues in my trunk for sellers to bury in their yards. I think I'll now go buy some flying pigs... might be a good illustration for those unrealistic sellers...

Posted by Bill Swanson (CBSHOME Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Sometimes I wonder why houses I think will never sell, sell quickly and others that are perfect don't even get shown.

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 4 years ago

Lizette - what a great post! Thanks for the insight...I actually have one of the listings which puzzles me why it hasn't sold yet...well, with your perspective it is easier to cope...

With smiles,

Bo in Yukon

Posted by Bo Kociuba & Buster Elliott - The B&B HOME Team 405-812-1572 (WelcomeHomeOKC.com - We Can Move Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime!) over 4 years ago

Good post! I remember I had an overpriced listing and I kept asking the sellers to come down. They moved out in October and then the home was vacant. The seller insisted to be on the front cover of a "color" real estate book. We did. Perhaps we got a few more showings, not really sure, but it did not sell. Finally it expired, and I was happy. I couldn't get them to see it was overpriced (he was one of those people who knows everything). We he re-listed with a "top gun" and before it would sell, it eventually lowered the price, to about where I had told him from the beginning we needed to be. The home went vacant for over well over 8 months. It finally sold for apprx $310,000 and while I had it listed we had a list price of $349,900 and perhaps lowered it around $345,500. I've learned that I would rather walk away than deal with an overpriced listing. I figure this seller would have lost at least $18,000 in payments while it was vacant. ce la vie and good ridance. It is impossible to sell an "overpriced" listing not matter what you do, buyers are smarter than that. It is only worth what buyers are willing to pay, and they won't usually make an offer on a home if they feel the seller will not become realistic. Too many other fish they can fry!

Posted by Paul Walker, Scott AFB IL Area Realtor (Re/Max Preferred - OFallon IL) over 4 years ago

Lizette - Great post!  You're right, you have to be all over the internet these days.  In fact, our local paper has dwindled in size.  Only two major companies advertise anymore; the rest are all online. 

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824 (Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL) over 4 years ago

Lizette - Great post!  You're right, you have to be all over the internet these days.  In fact, our local paper has dwindled in size.  Only two major companies advertise anymore; the rest are all online. 

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824 (Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL) over 4 years ago

When things do not go right I remind myself that God is in charge and I deal with it and try to adjust my attitude.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lizette-

I have to respectfully disagree. It's always about price....get the price down to current market value and it will sell, I don't care if it is the ugliest dog in the 'hood. Now your Seller's may not agree with your assessment of price, and you may have comps that support the price, but value is an intangible and cannot always be measured solely by comps. Supply and demand, time of year and consumer confidence among a million other things all play into this very complex equation of value.

Long market time says the price is not right.

Posted by DEBORAH STONE (Hogue and Belong Bankers Hill- San Diego, CA) over 4 years ago

Just because a seller Wants to sell means that theres a buyer who Wants to buy. At least not right now.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 4 years ago

Love your graphics and title.

Many agents say that selling is all about the price but there are times like yours..it just was not meant to be. There are houses on the market right now with unbelievable marketing and pricing...and sometimes the right buyer has not come by.

Congratulations on a well deserved feature.

Margaret

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome (Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

THanks for this post today...I really enjoyed it.   Love the graphics of the pigs....

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 4 years ago

Lizette, it sounds like you forge solid relationships with your sellers - they KNEW you marketed their home on the highest level. Most importantly, while you didn't get the sale, it all worked out in the end for your clients. You will be their agent for life. BTW, David'd BBQ comment is hilarious! Keep up the good work.

Posted by Risa Liebster, Toluca Lake Real Estate (Ramsey-Shilling Associates) over 4 years ago

There's a real estate saying, 'There is no defect that price will not fix' - so I agree that price is priority. I also put my listings 'all over the Internet'!

Posted by Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR (Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA) over 4 years ago

The pig is priceless.  You've got a great point.  I'm seeing a lot more homes stay on the market these days and expire.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 4 years ago

I also agree that price is the most important factor and sometimes it's hard to  understand why a beautiful listing in a good location isn't selling or getting showings.  But if a place isn't getting showings there's got to be a reason and if everything else is A-OK then a price adjustment is needed.

I'm selling my current house and I'm my best customer.  We have a buyer that is coming back for a 2nd showing after 14 days on market.  If we don't get an offer from this buyer, we're reducing price and will continue until we get it sold.

We're motivated sellers.  We already bought a house and don't want to rent this one out.  Motivated sellers do what it takes to get their property sold.  Those that won't are just testing the waters.

Posted by Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs (Classic Realty Group) over 4 years ago

I've had homes on the market that were marketed on every online space you could imagine, I blooged, I had it up on my personal sites, business sites, craigs, yahoo, zillow and at least another 50 different websites, I've walked the neighborhood, sent out cards and held open houses each and every weekend and the home didn't sell. Turns out that either the Seller didn't really want to let go or there was another plan in the universe for the home and Seller. 

Sometimes its not about price, perfect example was a home I listed in Corte Madera in Marin County, it was in the perfect location, it was staged it was priced agressively and still it didn't sell. 6 months on the market when homes typically sold in 90 days and I couldnt figure out why there was no movement. Turns out that the Seller never wanted to sell her home in the first place, she loved where she was living but wanted to sell to take advantage of the market. An offer came in 1 day before the contract was to expire at her asking price.  At the same time the Seller received a new job offer close to home and for more money. I now make it part of my presentation to ask the Seller(s) if they really want to sell their home, they often say yes but it you take the time to dig a little deeper I find that a small percentage have no intention of selling.  I beleive that if you don't let go it won't go.

Posted by Lydia Puller, Buying and Selling in Marin, Solano & the East Bay (Alain Pinel Realtors, Marin County Luxury Short Sales) over 4 years ago

Similar story from before I was an agent - we were supposed to move to Seattle, put the house on the market. Lots of showings. Agent kept saying everyone likes it, but no one wants to write an offer. She was stumped. One day, she called to say she had been told there was an offer coming in.  I literally hung up from that call and the phone rang again - my husband telling me the company was closing the Seattle office and not transferring us.  If our house had sold, we would have been homeless!  Yes, we thanked God for his hand in our life!

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 4 years ago

I know about the flying Dutchman. Flying Bigs? That is great news. LOL

Posted by Timo Yannopoulos, Buying and Selling Kansas City Homes (Platinum Realty Licensed in Missouri) over 4 years ago

I just love your analogy. I really have a 'thing' for flying pigs, even going so far as to buy every trinket or ornament or decorative item I can find for this theme.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton (Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932) over 4 years ago

I just love your analogy. I really have a 'thing' for flying pigs, even going so far as to buy every trinket or ornament or decorative item I can find for this theme.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton (Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932) over 4 years ago

I just love your analogy. I really have a 'thing' for flying pigs, even going so far as to buy every trinket or ornament or decorative item I can find for this theme.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton (Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932) over 4 years ago

We all know that some agents will buy their listings.  Meaning that they will tell the sellers what they want to hear and not what they need to hear.  In this market I think you are a fool to buy lisitngs.  One it makes your client think that they can truly sell this home for a price the market will not support.  Second, when it does not sell you look like an incompetent agent.

Posted by Shawn Murray, Omaha NE - 402-250-7869 ( RE/MAX The Producers) over 4 years ago

Hi Lizette -- One cannot control the very chemistry of life -- we can sure add our own mix to it, but we aren't the CEO of the entire real estate buying population.  Like you said, an excellent job marketing, priced to sell, availability, etc., all needs to be done.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 4 years ago

Those pigs look real!  Its sometimes a mystery but everyone knows overpriced homes dont sell.

Posted by Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics (Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186) over 4 years ago

I had a home on the market for a whole year and it did not sell.  Happens a lot.  Just the way it is.  You just gotta make sure you have lots of listings.  I had an open house in Redmond, WA, 1/2 mile from the microsoft campus yesterday and not 1 person showed up.  It really just happens.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 4 years ago

I love the flying pigs.  I think it's true, sometimes things happen for a reason.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 4 years ago

Oh my.. gotta love the flying pigs !

There is no rhyme or reason... some do and some don't sell.  Great post

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource- SFR - Clarksv (Keller Williams Realty) over 4 years ago

Lizette - Love the post. Both the content and the flying pigs.

Posted by George Burgess (RE/MAX Heritage) over 4 years ago

Congrats on the feature. How did you get the pig to hold still while you took its picture? :-)

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 4 years ago

FLYING PIGS! Now I have to worry about flying pig droppings and Killer bees!x

Posted by Mark Gridley, TecKnow Real Estate Agent, Fountain Hills, AZ (eXp Realty, Reinventing the National Real Estate Office!) over 4 years ago

Lizette, amen to that! We can certainly increase the likelihood of the sale by giving sound counsel to our sellers for market presence, and hopefully they respond. I like what an old real estate sage once said, "do everything you can and don't be attached to the outcome", seems like great advice.

Posted by Joe Cuchiara (Higher Ground Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lizette,

I stopped worrying and taking anything personally years ago!  I do a great job at marketing and IF IT'S PRICED RIGHT, it will sell!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 4 years ago

Jason:  the pigs live in Sevierville, TN....  as do I.

Posted by Connie King (CK Staging & Design, Sevierville, TN) over 4 years ago

It only takes one to buy but sometimes the one is not out there. Even in a great house.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Michigan (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 4 years ago

Whew! those pigs still won't slow down! Connie, we need to team up again!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) over 4 years ago

Very good article. It was considerate for the seller to call you and let you know the circumstances. She knew you cared about the house as much as she did.

Posted by Mike Woods (msWoods Real Estate, LLC) over 4 years ago

 Hate to say it, but sometimes, it is just dumb luck!

 Of course, if you don't show effort, every sale looks like that!

Posted by Bob Engert (Georgia Elite Realty) about 4 years ago

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