Practicing good seller’s etiquette

Let’s face it: When you decide to sell your home, you end up interacting with all kinds of people. Sometimes those people include unknown vendors and naïve or unqualified buyers. You may find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, or feel like someone is pressuring you to make a decision without sufficient information.

When you find yourself in a sticky situation, you understand why having a real estate agent is so important. That’s part of the value that I bring to my clients who are selling homes in Greenville, SC and the Upstate.

I’m always available to help in every interaction as you are selling your home. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for some potentially sticky situations:

The aggressive agent
When we put your house on the market, the promotional materials will state clearly buyers and buyers’ agents should contact me so that I can represent your best interests. However, sometimes a buyer’s agent will contact a seller directly to try to either win over their business or cut the seller’s agent out of the deal. This is not reputable behavior and you should contact me immediately if it happens to you.

The unscrupulous vendor
Have you ever started a business or moved into a new house and suddenly found your mailbox full of junk mail? Unfortunately, this also can happen when you put your house on the market. Selling your home involves all kinds of new purchasing decisions and less-than-ethical vendors are keenly aware of this. Though MLS organizations enforce rules on how posted information is used, some companies have found ways to cull information from various sources to produce mass mailing lists. If you find yourself regularly emptying your mailbox of junk, let me know. I will advocate for you to prompt an investigation into the matter. The last thing you need to deal with is more junk mail!

The naïve buyer
Yard signs, internet listings and other advertisements will generate a lot of buzz for your home. Some prospective buyers – particularly first-timers – will be so excited about your home that they’ll simply drop by. If this happens, no matter how nice these unexpected visitors are, it’s best not to discuss your home or give an impromptu tour. Instead, politely let them know that your real estate agent is in charge of scheduling tours and ask them to contact Victoria Cottle to schedule a tour. If you attempt to handle these surprise visits on your own, you might accidentally share information that could hurt you during later negotiations.

Remember that when you choose Victoria Cottle as your real estate agent, I work for you, representing your best interests. Feel free to call me whenever something unusual happens or you aren’t sure how to handle a situation related to your home.