Home Seller’s Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Home Seller’s Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Survey of 1,000 Real Estate Agents Reveals the Top Six Ways to Sabotage the Sale of Your Home

The most common reasons that a house will not sell in a good market are often well within the control of the home seller according to a recent survey by the ActiveRain online real estate community. In a poll of over 1,000 real estate agents, it was revealed that the top six ways home sellers turn potential home buyers away are:

Data provided by ActiveRain.com.  ActiveRain is an online community of real estate professionals who exchange best practices, write real estate blogs, and get free education from the industry and their peers.

Pricing a home correctly when it first hits the market is essential to getting the home sold for the asking price. If the home is overpriced, it looks tainted to buyers when the price is reduced and they often still think that it is overpriced. The longer a home sits on the market, the less likely it is to sell at or near list price.

Sellers typically have a price in mind of what they feel their home is worth. They usually derive this information based on what their neighbor’s home sold for or what Zillow estimates their house is worth, which are not accurate means to price a home. Neither is basing a list price on the fact that single family home prices rose 8% in Steamboat in 2013. This percentage is an average of all areas, so while some neighborhoods’ home prices increased, others decreased.

Here is a video I made a while back about this very topic:

A good real estate agent knows the market inside and out and spends plenty of time with their sellers before their house ever goes on the market to avoid these expensive mistakes.

Here are a couple more articles I’ve written on this topic:
 No Cookie-Cutter Pricing in Steamboat Springs Real Estate
Don’t Keep Yourself from Selling Your Home

Is your real estate broker giving you honest information and straight talk? If you need assistance in pricing your Steamboat Springs home or getting it ready for the market, please let me know. I am passionate about this community and its real estate.



Charlie Dresen
Real Estate Associate Broker |Sotheby’s
Local Knowledge | Global Exposure| Defining Service
970-846-6435 | Charlie@SteamboatsMyHome.com
610 Market Place Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

The “Biggest Home Seller  Mistakes” infographic was create by ActiveRain, an online community of real estate professionals who exchange best practices, write real estate blogs, and get free education from the industry and their peers. Find the infographic at http://www.activerain.com/seller-mistakes.


About SteamboatsMyHome.com

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Charlie relocated to Steamboat Springs with his wife Carol and their son, Finn, to become a Steamboat Springs realtor eager to share the joys of Colorado. Charlie is a second generation realtor and is proud to be a member of Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. After graduating from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, Charlie worked in the high-tech industry in Seattle for several years before deciding to follow his father's lead and began his career in real estate. Working for Windermere Real Estate in Seattle, Charlie had a great, innovative career in the highly competitive Seattle market before moving to Steamboat in 2005 and delving deep into Steamboat Springs real estate. At Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty, Charlie has become one of the top agents with his innovative style and tireless perseverance.
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