She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by just trying to be nice!


this is a great post by Carol Ann Palmieri of our RE/MAX Executive Realty office in Franklin.  This does situation does not happen very often and I’m thankful of that.  Sellers should be out of the home when it is shown.  Trying to help can lead to a disaster.

Via Al and Cal Realty Group Al Mussi Carol Ann Palmieri (RE/MAX Executive Realty):

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by just trying to be nice!

Chatty Folks

I find that the guidelines in life are generally there for a reason.   For example, you are required to show identification when cashing a check, because some one has taken advantage of the system  or, there is a disclaimer on a hot cup of coffee that lets you know that the coffee is Hot!  🙂    You know what I am talking about. 

The suggestions your real estate agent makes are done for a reason too!    

One of those suggestions will surely be,        when there is a showing on your home, leave!  

All too often, a Seller will feel the need to stay for showings, maybe to add information that they feel the buyer needs or because they are just uncomfortable with people being in their home when they are not there.  

This is what happened the other day when Mrs. Seller remained home.

My Buyers are relocating to the area.  They are deciding among several communities and we were to look at a couple of homes in a particular town that were side by side on the end of a small, intimate cul de sac. 

Now, in this area, most of the agents use the lock box system, which allows a Buyer with their agent to view the property unaccompanied by the listing agent or seller.   (typically this is viewed as a good plan as it allows the buyers to really look through the home without feeling rushed or uncomfortable.) 

We viewed a number of homes that day and there was one where Mrs. Seller decided to stay home.    She gave us permission to view the home and provided us with some information on the property.  And then she started!   Chatty Cathy!      She told us all about the neighbors.  She let us know that there were more folks leaving.    She told us of the folks (another home for sale) getting a divorce, and others leaving to get into a new school system.   She let us know that she was looking around in another town for a “smaller” home and the list goes on!   

Now let me tell you, that if my Buyers did like the home, they now decided against that neighborhood and that entire town because of what Mrs. Seller had to say!   

She sabotaged a possible sale of her own home by trying to be just nice!

So, please Mr. or Mrs. Seller.    Heed your agents suggestion on taking a walk!    We know you love your home, but, you don’t want to inadvertently talk a Buyer out of it!


Carol-Ann Palmieri

Al and Cal Realty Group



About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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