I am a proactive and aggressive Realtor. A large amount of my business is derived from soliciting business from For Sale By Owners, and Expired listings. I recently called a seller whose listing had expired after being on the market with three other Realtors for a combined time of almost 400 days. FOUR HUNDRED DAYS! It didn’t take long to make the determination that the property needed lots of work, and that addressing and solving the many blemishes and issues the property faced would cause the home to sell. I was surprised to learn that the sellers were unaware of the poor condition their home was in. Their most recent Realtor had failed to bring these issues to their attention. It was even unknown to them that the front door lock was kaput, preventing agents with buyers in tow to gain entry. That’s not good!
When I first began selling homes in Hattiesburg for the All Star Team in 2012, I remember attending a Hattiesburg Realtor Association luncheon around that time. I had the good fortune of being seated next to a well recognized, successful, and established agent with a competing firm. Sometime during the event, she leaned over and confided in a conspiratorial tone, “You know that in this town when a seller has been through several Realtors, and still hasn’t been able to get their home sold, they always call DeLois.”
I didn’t know that at the time, but her statement made perfect sense. Whereas so many other Realtors will take any ‘ol listing, stick a sign in the front yard, cross their fingers and hope it sells; the All Star Team (previously the DeLois Smith All Star Team) won’t.
A home that hasn’t sold, just like a crime scene, leaves clues. It is my job as your Realtor to uncover the tell-tale evidence. Perhaps it’s the price that hasn’t been adjusted to reflect current market conditions or trends. Perhaps those kitchen counters really do need to be replaced to attract a buyer in a particular neighborhood. Sometimes it is as simple as new paint and carpeting. We know that most clients don’t have the time and wherewithal to tackle these tasks. You can rely on the All Star Team can handle all the details of preparing you home for market. Granted, it will cost the seller some hard earned money, but in the end, it will be money well spent.
By way of disclaimer, I should point out that the vendors who perform the myriad of tasks that we contract for, do not work for the All Star Team. As a convenience to our customers, we arrange for work to be done with knowledgeable and competent vendors that have a proven track record. Vendors that we can and do depend upon to do the job right.