Ten times a day I pull a “Hot Sheet” on our local MLS giving me the new listings that just came in and then I pray that a house pops up that my clients would love. I contact agent friends and ask if they know of anything coming up or if they know someone who might be interested in selling.
They are doing the same thing with me. “Hey, Mary, you must know someone who needs to sell their very cool and reasonably-priced house.” If I did, my clients would be buying it. So where are the sellers? Why are they waiting?
I have a theory: sellers aren’t putting their house on the market because they can’t find anything to buy. And because they still believe the media which is saying “gee, the economy still really sucks and your home isn’t worth the dirt it sits on,” they think that buyers will lowball their house.
I’m not sure exactly where their home is but it isn’t Northern Colorado and more specifically Fort Collins and Loveland.
So, I hereby declare “National Put Your House on the Market Month.”
Call your favorite agent or ask for a referral, shine up that dull kitchen and tired bathrooms, throw all that clutter in a storage unit, mow the lawn, get rid of the cobwebs, maybe try a coat of paint and list that house!
Do Your Patriotic Duty and Sell Your House!
Then at the count of one, two, three , all the houses go on the MLS. We would all be running around next week, writing offers, hiring inspectors, appraisers and title companies. Agents would be so busy; we would have to hire babysitters, dog walkers, housekeepers, car detailers. Personally, I would step up my attendance at yoga classes to relieve the stress. The economy would rocket upwards.
Okay, maybe I exaggerate but the reality is that buyers are competing for the same houses and for sellers, its déjà vu all over again ( if I may borrow a quote from Yogi Berra), harking back to the heady days of early 2001-2004. Hopefully, we stay a little more grounded but we have appraisers for that.