19 Jul Fired a Shady Realtor, Ended Up Selling for ~20% More
We just closed on a house today and I want to get this off my chest.
An out of state job change had us selling, though luckily with plenty of time to prepare, so earlier this year, in about February, I started fixing things up around the place and meeting with a realtor who'd come highly recommended to us.
Way before we were ready to list and before we'd had any discussion whatsoever with her about price, she came to us with an offer from local buyers she'd worked with previously that were looking to move and knew of and loved our house (is a small city).
She presented us with market evidence that she'd likely list the house for $165k, though with these folks being ready and willing to work with a timeline that synced with our move, we should really take their offer of $160k.
We found her market evidence highly prejudiced toward this low price and immediately cut off all ties with her. It seemed like she was trying to play up any sense of insecurity we might have in the midst of an already stressful moving process in order to get both sides of a quick sale. These potential buyers then began emailing us directly, telling us how they were such good people and that we should sell them our house for a lower price, we weren't going to get more, etc…
Just today, I'm happy and proud to report, after months of navigating the entire process, we closed on the house for $189k, nearly 20% more than this realtor's strong-arm number, by trusting our collective gut and not freaking out or getting in a hurry.