Buyers Love to Snoop

Are your secrets safe? Before a home goes on the market and home buyers start to traipse through, savvy sellers will relocate confidential information. Even so, you might be astonished to learn what home buyers can figure out about you.

Private Documents

  • Is it snooping to open a drawer?
    Not if the drawer is part of a built-in such as a kitchen cabinet or a dining room china cabinet. Buyers can innocently tug on a drawer to inspect its construction or depth and find important documents that you might not intend for anyone to see.

    I once opened a drawer and discovered the seller's net sheet sitting on top of her comparative market analysis, in plain view. It clearly indicated a lower price was expected, so you can guess what my buyer offered.

  • Don't leave mail where anybody can find it.
    Lots of sellers leave piles of opened mail neatly stacked on the kitchen counter. Buyers could find out how much you owe department stores or other credit cards. They can tell if you're late on your mortgage payments or if the I.R.S. is after you. Heaven forbid should you file bankruptcy or be sued and leave those documents on the table, but sellers do it. They must believe that buyers will not read someone else's personal mail, even when that mail is taped to the refrigerator door, begging to be read.

    I've also shown vacant homes where the mail was tossed all over the floor in the entryway. Neither the seller nor his listing agent bothered to stop by and pick up the mail. It wasn't hard to figure out that much of the mail contained collection notices. If a buyer was armed with that information, guess what price the buyer would be thinking about. It wouldn't be list price.

  • Remove Diplomas and Wedding Photos from Walls
    Notwithstanding that all personal items should be removed, sometimes sellers overlook the obvious and leave diplomas on the wall. People form biases and can carry a bias too far. For example, the seller might be a lawyer, and there are buyers who might not feel comfortable buying a home from a lawyer. For whatever reason. Diplomas also give away a seller's age or a close estimate. If a buyer sees a recent medical diploma, for example, the buyer might assume the seller is saddled with student loans and needs to sell to pay them off.

Wedding photos might give away the seller's religion, as do certain religious artifacts left in the home. Buyers can be prejudiced. Don't give buyers a way to form any opinion about you at all. Don't let buyers form ideas about you from the type of music you like or the literature you read.

  • Contents of Closets
    Often sellers who are separating or getting divorced feel a lot of pressure to sell quickly, especially if the partner who remains in the home cannot afford to continue to maintain it. But that is not information most sellers want to share with buyers. Yet they do. They may as well toss their wallet out the car window doing 80 on the freeway.

They do this by hanging either all men's or all women's clothing in the closet. Was it a heterosexual or bisexual involvement? Who cares? It's nobody's business, really, if a seller is dissolving a relationship. But once a buyer finds out a seller desperately needs to sell, the buyer won't make an offer anywhere near list price. So don't leave any telltale clues around that could give away your motivation to sell.

Before you put your home in the market, please, prep it; empty out drawers, stage closets and pack up anything remotely personal. If your house speaks to a buyer about you, it's probably saying the wrong thing. 

Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.

Laurie Williams
Remax Properties of the Summit
220 S Main St.
PO Box 4600
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Phone: 970-485-3994
Email: laurie@SummitCountySkiProperty.com
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Dear Laurie,
 
I can't tell you how much we have appreciated your hard work with listing and closing our SML 8175 condo.  Even though we discovered that my deceased husband's name was still on the deed, and we had to scramble to make me the PR before closing, everything worked like a well-oiled machine. The unit was staged beautifully, which definitely helped getting an offer within only 2 to 3 days. 
It has been such a pleasure working with you once again, and we will definitely refer you to any of our acquaintances who might be interested in a condo in Summit County.
 
Thanks again so much!l
Heidi Thomas
Laurie and Wendy,

Sarah and I would like to thank you both for the wonderful marketing services and contract negotiation you provided in selling our condominium unit in Keystone, CO.

We were very pleased that the home sold so quickly and at the asking price.  This is the fifth home Sarah and I have sold over the years and your  Elevated Living Team, by far, provided the best service we received from any real estate professionals.   
Phillip and Sarah Luna

We were pleased to have Laurie Williams of Remax represent us in the listing and sale of our condo in SummerRidge.

Laurie confirmed all of our expectations of her as a real estate agent and broker.

Competence, professionalism, work ethic, and integrity were exemplified throughout our listing.

There is no question in our minds that these personal qualities are the reason Laurie has been so highly successful over the years listing and selling properties throughout Summit County.

We would recommend Laurie Williams to anybody who is serious about selling in the County as well as those who are looking to purchase and/or upgrade.

Ron & Sue Kutsche
“Laurie was referred to me by a broker in Denver to sell my home site in a gated community. I had some easement issues that had to be rectified before we could sell the land. Laurie diligently kept working with the many different people to get them corrected. She was very responsive and more than willing to go the extra mile to get the property sold. Laurie really knows the real estate market in Summit County and I highly recommend her.” Bill Bowdish
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Thank you for visiting today. If this is your first visit, take your time and look around. I have plenty of information and resources available to you. If you are a return visitor, thank you. I would love to hear from you and tell you how I can serve all your real estate needs.