Re: advertising and antsy seller - Posted by B.L.Renfrow
Posted by B.L.Renfrow on October 25, 2000 at 23:02:07:
What are the sellers so concerned about?
Are they still living in the property and don’t want drive-bys stopping to look? Or don’t want the neighbors to know they are selling? Assuming they are otherwise rational people, I would try to find out exactly what concerns them, then address it.
Do they realize you are an investor and will be marketing the property? Presumably they do, since they know about the lock box. If they thought you were going to be living in the house I could see how they might be upset, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Personally, I always start my ads as soon as I sign an agreement with a seller. Waiting until closing to start advertising would just ensure a longer vacancy. I am in a small town and advertise prominently, so my sellers who are in the area usually see the ads. I have had a couple get a little miffed when they saw the price I was asking, knowing, of couse, they are getting considerably less. But I have already explained my role to them, and the fact that my intention is to make a profit, which most of them understand and accept even if they don’t particularly like it.