Ever wonder what could keep a home from selling? Look no further than these doozies.
Daniel Bortz, provided by
Published 5:00 am CDT, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Ever wonder what could keep a home from selling? Just ask a listing agent. They’ve seen some doozies.
Listing agents, as the professionals who help prep a home for sale, are often tasked with telling home sellers why their house might not sell in its current condition. It’s a tough job, but it sure beats saying nothing and then watching a home sit indefinitely.
While most corrective tweaks are small—say, a fresh coat of paint or a solid decluttering—sometimes the things that stop a home from selling take everyone by surprise. Here are a few that listing agents have dealt with, and the solutions that saved the day.
3. Noisy neighbors
Homeowners value privacy, but, alas, they don’t always get it.
Courtney Poulos, a broker at ACME Real Estate in Los Angeles, experienced this firsthand with a client who was looking to sell a stylishly remodeled three-bedroom home. Unfortunately, the house “was right next to a large apartment complex,” Poulos says.
“When you were in the backyard, you felt that the occupants of the apartment complex were looking right down on you,” she adds.
Poulos agreed to list the house, but remembers a couple of troublesome open houses. During one, a couple living in the apartment building out back “were fighting and you could see them and hear them from the backyard,” she says. At another open house, “one of the neighbors had his TV on so loud that we had to blast music of our own in the open house to try to cover it up.”
The fix? “Since we were not getting the offers we wanted after the first couple of weeks, we built a 12-foot fence, incorporated canvas sun shades, installed twinkle lights, and made the outdoor space much more private,” Poulos adds.
The costs tallied up to $3,000, but it was a modest expense considering “this backyard solution ultimately helped sell the property.”
Take-home lesson: No one likes noisy neighbors, especially those who can see right in your house without effort. So, if your home is located adjacent to an apartment building or another home, you’ll want to take steps to provide yourself some privacy.