Anyone Home??

[Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway (“Berkshire”), or any other entity referenced. Edina Realty is a subsidiary of Berkshire.]

Show me a “For Sale” sign that’s badly listing, week after week, and I’ll show you a “For Sale” property where no one’s home — figuratively, and quite likely, literally.

That’s because a falling-over sign can be easily corrected with a phone call to the sign installation company, which then doubles back to reset it (at least in Minnesota in the Spring, the tilt is invariably due to the ground thawing).

Usual lag to have fixed: a few days, max.

“Never Just One Cockroach”

Which begs the question: If no one’s taking care of the easy stuff, how likely is it that they’re taking care of the hard(er) stuff?

That includes things like expertly staging, pricing, and marketing the home; scheduling showings with prospective Buyers and their agents; and completing the Seller Disclosure and any city-required inspection.

Or, if/when the time comes, negotiating the Purchase Agreement; handling any inspection issues that arise; and arranging needed title work prior to closing.

My answer: “not very (likely).”

As I tell clients, “there’s never just one cockroach . . .”

P.S.: Astute observers will note that “Home Avenue” assists FSBO’s (what Realtors call “For Sale By Owner”).

See also, “Maybe THAT’S Why They Call it “a Listing“; “For Sale” Sign Repair: Two Kinds“; and “Maybe THAT’S Why They Call it a “Listing”.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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