Papaw's NOT Happy!!!
We had another open house today to try and generate some action for the sale of our house. It was a bust! We only had three couples come through. I know, I know...it only takes one!?!?! However, the first couple was our neighbors just scouting for friends. The second couple was looking for something a lot smaller (1200 – 1400 sq. ft.) and ours is almost 2500 sq. ft. The third couple was looking for a home for the future two or three years from now.
That’s 0 for 3!
A real strikeout
as Howard Payne would say – sheesh!
Our house will be on the market for a year this coming week with very little activity over that time. The word frustration doesn’t begin to describe my feelings.
I know the market is bad with all the short sales and foreclosures.
I know we live in a fairly upscale neighborhood with homes in the $300,000 + range in South Carolina.
I know we have limited clientele (retirees or those from the North looking for a second home)...
BUT...c’mon folks we live only a couple miles from the beach in a beautiful community just south of Myrtle Beach.
What I can’t figure out (or understand) is why the Realtors continue to do only the same things they did when times were good?!?!?!
Where’s the aggressive marketing?
Where’s the entrepreneurial effort?
Where’s the thinking out of the box?
Why aren’t they trying something different?
Coming from a sales and marketing background I can only assume they are not the major breadwinners in the family trying to support a family. I really don’t get it!
Our contract with the current realtor expires this week and we’ve made the decision to not renew the contract. Our realtor has a good track record selling new homes (we bought our home through her). However, all she says is the market is killing her sales. Nancy and I figured with my sales background perhaps, I should take a stab at selling our home without a realtor. We can start by saving the 6% commission. We have talked about taking it off the market for a while, but, we are both anxious to get Nancy retired and get on the road full-timing. As long as we own the house – that ain’t going to happen! Sooooo – we will continue to keep the house in show condition and I will try and figure out how to sell it.
Nancy has said over and over again “Things happen for a reason and the house will sell when it’s supposed to sell.” I just want to improve our odds to speed up the process.
Having said all that and vented my disappointment – tomorrow is another day. So, if there is anyone out there looking for move-in condition home close to the beach, beautiful state parks, world famous gardens, and outstanding seafood restaurants – we’re dealing!
Today’s House Photo!!