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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sellers - Enlist your neighbors assistance!

Sellers, how about enlisting your neighbors in the effort to sell your home? I know...you hired that real estate agent to sell your home, not the neighbors!

But, consider this scenario, please.

I was showing properties last week in a very nice area of Viera, Florida. Most of the homes are well maintained, even the homes that I know are rental properties (As a military family we rented a lot of houses through the years...hate the bad rap some people give renters!).

However, one very nice home presented this to the prospects:

  • bicycles all over the sidewalk out front (neighbors children I believe),
  • grass several weeks beyond the "need to mow state,"
  • Loud, OK, extremely loud music blaring throughout the neighborhood (sounded like a block party without the party!)

I am not advocating being deceitful but first impressions are lasting. The way we found things are quite possibly not the usual neighborhood condition but it did scare off my clients!

I am familiar with the Viera area and know that most of the time this is not the situation.
If you have your home on the market, ask your neighbors to be considerate.

Besides, they want the next owner to be just as nice as you are! More importantly, THEY SHOULD WANT YOU TO SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AS IT HELPS ALL NEIGHBORHOOD PRICES!

As a seller you do all you can to present your home in its best light. Your real estate agent is doing all they can to market your property. Why not, at a minimum, ask the neighbors cooperation?

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida. Proudly working with buyers and sellers in Viera, Florida and the surrounding communities of Suntree, Rockledge and Cocoa, Florida.

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