Homes and Condos For Sale in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida.

Home and condo sellers in Ft. Lauderdale can hurt their own chances.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida were Home and condo sellers find interest heats up in the spring as many families look to get settled in a new place before the school year starts in August. But the traditional March-through-May buying season can be a dud for sellers who don’t deliver what they promise or who stand over buyers as they open cupboards and peek in bedrooms. “Some home and condo sellers are their own worst enemies,” said Robert, an agent for Coldwell Banker in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. Here are few things that turn off prospective buyers:
• A cluttered house or one that smells. When sellers have too many possessions, buyers have a hard time imagining themselves living there. Sellers should put their stuff in storage – or move out altogether, if possible. Pet odors also are a big turn-off, as is a house that reeks of cigarette or cigar smoke. “If buyers smell smoke, they’ll walk out immediately,” said Jon, an agent for Real Living 1st Choice Realty in Coral Springs, Fla.
• False or misleading advertising. Sellers and their agents may stretch the truth by claiming a home has four bedrooms, but the fourth room isn’t a bedroom because it doesn’t have a window and closet. Joanne, a Canadian looking to buy a home or condo in Broward and Miami-Dade county said one home was advertised as waterfront but only had a water view. “It’s a waste of our time,” she said.
• Sellers not committed to selling. Some sellers want to test the market, then waffle when buyers show serious interest. Others ignore offers or are insulted by what they consider low bids. “No offer is insulting,” said Bob, an agent for the Keyes Co. in Boynton Beach, Fla. “It’s a point to begin.” Wishy-washy sellers don’t use lock boxes that give agents quick access, or they’re not accommodating when it comes to scheduling the homes for showings. “If you want to sell your house, there should be very few times when you can’t show it,” said Cathy, an agent for Coldwell Banker in northeast Broward & Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
• Overpricing the house. Many sellers are too attached to their homes and think they’re worth more than they are, agents at Coldwell Banker say.
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