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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seller's Remorse - Dealing with Seller's Remorse

By Elizabeth Weintraub, About.com

Just like buyers who get cold feet, sellers can also feel remorse, have second thoughts. Seller’s remorse often happens because the seller was not really motivated in the first place. Sometimes sellers think they want to sell, but they don’t really have good reasons to sell.

What is Seller’s Remorse?

Sometimes sellers want to “test” the market, to see how much a buyer will offer, to figure out if a home is priced right. That is a wasted effort and pointless.

Real estate agents spend money to advertise and market. Agents receive no return on that investment and earn no money when sellers are not serious about selling.

Seller’s remorse means the seller has decided it was a mistake to list a home for sale and no longer has a desire to sell. A seller of a Victorian fourplex in Sacramento decided to put his home on the market because he felt the market was declining. He thought if he waited a few more years, the value would fall so low that he would lose his opportunity to make a reasonable profit.

After his Realtor brought him an offer, he panicked. He came to the conclusion at midnight that he could not part with his home of 16 years at any price. Suddenly, the reality of the situation hit him. It was all fun and games when buyers came through to tour. But when the time came to sign on the dotted line, the seller froze. It’s a common reaction when a seller is not truly motivated.

How to Prevent Seller’s Remorse

Owners can prevent seller’s remorse by thinking through the entire process and having a plan — a relocation goal — including strong reasons for selling.

· A real estate agent can help a seller plan for the future and walk the seller through options. Discuss wants and needs with your agent.

· Draw up a Ben Franklin list, sorted by benefits and drawbacks to selling. If the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, then you should sell. If the drawbacks exceed the benefits, don’t put your home on the market.

· If a seller is worried about not being able to find a suitable replacement home, the seller can sell on a contingent contract. Contingent contracts give the seller a period of time to locate another home without an obligation to sell to the buyer if that home is not found.

How a Seller Can Cancel a Listing

· A listing agreement is a binding contract between the seller and real estate broker.

· Exclusive right-to-sell listings are the most common and entitle the broker to a commission if a ready, willing and able buyer makes a full-price purchase offer.

· Sellers who get cold feet can cancel the listing but may end up owing the broker a commission if the broker performed.

· Do not sign a six-month listing agreement if the agent will not agree to cancel the agreement at your request. Ask about the length of the listing and if you can shorten the term.

· Many real estate agents enjoy a good reputation in the community and would be willing to cancel a listing, but you should ask about it before you sign a listing.

· Before you fire your agent, talk to the agent, the agent’s broker and your real estate lawyer.

What Happens if a Seller Gets Cold Feet at Closing?

· Although there have been a few court cases that have ruled against the seller, generally the court will not make a seller sell.

· However, buyers often retain the right to pursue damages and sue the seller.

· Moreover, the brokers will have likely earned a commission and be entitled to demand that payment.

My name is Scott Grebner and I have been helping my clients realize their own personal real estate dreams. Real estate is a relationship-based business that works best when client relationships are built on trust and confidence. My goal is having clients be completely satisfied with the professional and caring service they have received.

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It seems that the dream of past generations was to pay off a mortgage. The dream of today’s young families is to get one. I would love to hear from you, about your Real Estate Dreams and questions.

Email me at scott@gerharterrealtors.com.                          

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