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How closely are you monitoring your client’s satisfaction gauge? After 100 days of marketing, should a seller have the right to “fire” you? I am an active member of Trulia’s Voices, which is Trulia’s discussion forum where buyers, sellers, agents or other real estate professionals can exchange ideas, questions and answers on a multitude of topics. The image you see above is an alert that is emailed to me each time someone posts a question in the home seller category in NJ.

Last week, a Home Seller in Gloucester County NJ expressed public dissatifictaion with his or her Realtor/agent. The poster, named 4ofus, wanted to know who was or the top selling agent in Gloucester County since his/her 3 year old home was on the market for 100 days and has yet to sell.

After 100 days of marketing, is it fair of a seller to ask for another agent? Is it justified to “lose” your exclusive listing agreement simply because a property has not sold after 100 days of marketing?

17 asnwers later, 4ofus received advice primarily from agents who did not side with the seller but rather reminded the seller of outside factors that can and often do affect a property’s marketability.

Here are the top 5 variables that can and often affect’s a property’s marketability.

1. Price: A seller’s agent will prepare a market analysis of a home’s approximate value but ultimately a seller sets the price. Price is the most important part of a marketing plan. If a property is not priced correctly, it is likely to remain on the market for lack of buyer’s interests. If buyers do not see the value in a home, they will not buy said home, especially in markets where there is plenty of inventory.

2. Location: Is the property located in a desirable section of town? School District? Walking distance to public transportion or excluded from other neighbors (It all depends on what is desirable for buyers in that area). Busy Street versus on busy street. Corner lot versus non-corner lot.

3. Condition: Is the house clutter free? Freshly painted with neutral tones? Free of an overbearing personality or overbearing furniture? Updated versus not updated.

4. Accessibility: 24 hours notice versus vacant with real estate lockbox; or key at the real estate office versus key on site in a lockbox. Open to short notice appointments versus some notice or even canceling apointments when notice is not given.

5. Presentation of information (advertising)-property description, pictures or lack there of, exposure of listing details albiet on-line and off-line.

The top 4 are all controled by the seller.

Post By Audeliz Angie Perez (160 Posts)

Angie Perez is a NJ Circle of Excellence award winning real estate agent for Weichert, Realtors in Edison. She sells anywhere from 12-25 houses per year on a consistent basis since 2005. Ms. Perez is primarily a buyer's agent on 60% of her real estate sales where she represents rental income investors, first time home buyers & trade up home buyers of 1-4 family homes within specific towns encompassing 4 NJ counties: Union, Essex, Middlesex and Somerset County. Many of Ms. Perez's clients appreciate her ability to negotiate favorable real estate deals for them. Many of her clients commented that her research abilities, her honesty, her knowledge of local market trends and her proficiency to manage multiple real estate transactions from start to close are some of the reasons why she was hired as their agent of choice. Please call, text or email Angie Perez to ask if she lists or sell in your town. If she can not help you, Ms. Perez would be more than happy to help or refer you to someone who can.

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