Tricks Realtors Use to Get You to Visit Their Listings
Getting ready for work this morning we overheard this playing on the Today Show. Having worked exclusively with many home buyers throughout the years and literally seeing hundreds of homes with them, we could relate. Sorry for the commercial you have to sit through first (not our fault), but it’s worth watching.
How Can Your Protect Yourself and Your Time
The answer is: Information, information, information. What in the heck does “Freshen Up the Listing” mean? As mentioned in the interview,this is a technique that’s used to make the listing look like it has not been on the market very long. Is it legal … yes. How can you as a potential buyer know how many times that house has actually been up for sale and why is that important? Please continue …
How to Avoid House-Hunting Tricks and Time-Wasters
At this point you may be thinking “Why is this guy knocking and exposing some of these tricks when he’s a realtor?” Good question. The answer is myself, and our company, only work for buyers and never for sellers. We are here to help you make sense of the market and avoid the pitfalls and conflict of interests that can go with the territory. We do not have to answer to a seller, but answer to only to you, the buyer. As they say, “We don’t have a dog in the hunt.”
What Does Freshening Up the Listing Mean?
If a home has been on the market for a long time potential buyers grow suspicious as to why. This can have a direct impact on the number of people coming to see the listing. The way around this is to pull the home off of the market for a minimum of 60 days. After 60 days, the home can be listed once again and the days on market counter starts over again at zero like a fresh listing. To the untrained eye this can look like it just got listed.
How You Can Find Out If the Home Has Been on the Market Before?
If you are out looking at homes now and you have not reviewed a Property History report … you might want to consider giving us a call. There is great information that can be revealed in these reports. In fact, the story and report we’re linking to below is based on a true story:
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