As a real estate agent, I know what desperation looks like. You can see the wild look in clients or other agent’s clients easily enough. They want to get rid of their house as quickly as possible for whatever reason and the process is taking too long for their liking. Homeowners have desperation in the selling process for all manner of reasons but it can sometimes be hard to spot if you don’t either work for them or work with them like I do. It can be helpful to know when a seller wants to sell quickly because it may mean you get a better deal or you can move in more quickly. If you can’t as easily identify that crazed look in the eye of the seller, then try to use this list of seven signs that may reveal the homeowner is eager to sell and sell quickly:
1) The listing basically screams “BUY ME”
One of the most obvious signs that the owner is eager to sell is multiple price reductions or right off the bat listing the property for below market price.
2) The curb appeal isn’t quite up to par
If someone is unhappy where they are, there might not be very good upkeep of the yard or they may forget to bring the mail in every day.
3) The closets are partially empty
If the closets are all half empty, that may be a sign of divorce which could mean that they will want to speed of the process.
4) There clearly has been an addition to the family
If there is crib squeezed into the parents’ bedroom that may mean that the homeowners need more room and need it as soon as possible.
5) The property has been listed by an estate
The property may have been inherited and the new owner is looking to liquidate the assets in a timely fashion.
6) The homeowners answer everything candidly and quickly
A more desperate seller will be up front with you on everything wrong with the house because they know it could slow down the process later on if they don’t disclose everything.
7) The seller has already moved out
If the house is vacant, the owners don’t likely want to be paying the mortgage on a home they are no longer inhabiting for too many more months.
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