Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Your Home is Not Selling

Your Home is Not Selling

SoldYour home has been on the market for many days and it is just not selling.

Let's start with a few possible reasons:

  • Hard to show (tenants or owners who restrict showing appointments)
  • Dirty or in need of repairs
  • Dated, could use upgrading
  • Functional obsolescence - 5 bedrooms with only 1 bath for example.
  • No curb appeal - lack of landscaping, etc.
  • Messy or cluttered
  • Insufficient or ineffective marketing
  • Priced too high

The bottom line is that for whatever reason your price is too high.  The market has rejected what you are offering at that price.  Now the other items on the list may be bringing down the price, but none the less you are priced too high.

So what can you do?  You can lower your price or increase the market value of your home.  You can also do a combination of the two.

Increase the market value:

  • Paint and carpet are relatively inexpensive and will help to raise the value.  If you do not replace the carpet, steam clean it.
  • Clean the windows.
  • Clean the exterior - cut the grass, pull weeds, pressure wash driveways, trim the hedges, plant some flowers.
  • Make all minor repairs.
  • De-clutter and stage the home to make it show at its best.
  • Improve the marketing of your home.

In a changing market the real estate agent who charges the lowest fee, may not be the cheapest.  You need a professional who does superior marketing.  Find out who is selling homes in the neighborhood. Notice I said selling, not listing.  The agent with the most signs may be successful at getting listings, but not at selling the homes.

There are agents who do a great job of marketing themselves or offer extremely low commissions to get listings, but may not move the homes.  In a changing market you need to be on top of the game to be successful.  If the agent is working with lower commissions (marketing fees).  How will they pay for the increased marketing required to succeed?  Where will they cut the corners?

If you need open heart surgery do you look for the cheapest or the best?  Do you call a plumber or a surgeon?  Ok no nasty e-mails please.  I know selling homes is not heart surgery, but in most cases it is even more expensive.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home on Oahu, I would be honored to be interviewed for the job.




Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Comment balloon 16 commentsRandy Prothero • May 07 2008 03:55AM



A clean home is a home that sells! That`s our motto...

Posted by Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission. (Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. ) almost 11 years ago
What is the other saying? Oh yeah, if you can smell it, you can't sell it!
Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I looked in the window last week of houses that I was going to show.  Just inside the door were multiple piles of doggie doo.  It was obvious that it wasn't the first day of the gathering and you can bet we didn't open the door.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago
Hi Randy,
Yes!  A list that agents should present to their clients.  What most of us take for granted, some people just do not get.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 11 years ago
If sellers don't get realistic then they really are wasting time waiting for a market to change...it has been changing over the last few years and it took a long time to bring it where it is today and will take even more time now to correct. Especially with no upgrades or cleaning it. I just listed one so dirty that I'm afraid to show it.
Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Randy the time shows your blog was at 3:55 a.m.  Is this Eastern time or do you not sleep.
Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) almost 11 years ago
I know! We have one we call the dirty house! I hate that we have it listed. The guy absolutely does not care and even left one of his vehicles in the garage. They LIVED in the house that way and don't see a problem with it. That's just normal to them. However, it's a really good deal if you can look past it. It's the "must have vision" house. Heh.
Posted by Terri Hayley (Plantation and Coventry Homes) almost 11 years ago

Scott - Good motto

Gary W. - I just recorded on one the kitty litter box chased away buyers.  My buyer felt it helped him get a better deal.

Cindy J. - Last year I went to show a home that was less than a year old.  It had piles of doggy doodoo on the deck in front of the door.  It got worse inside.  They rented it out and the tenants trashed it within a couple of months. 

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Cynthia T. - I am amazed how many sellers just don't get it.

Neal - They have to realize they are competing with the other homes for sale in the area.  What makes their's better?

John W. - That is eastern time.  I was on the day before about that time though.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Terri H. - If it is priced appropriately, any house will sell.  If they clean it up the price would be higher.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Aloha Randy,

Determining price in this market can be very tricky. Great points for Sellers to consider.

However, for those who don't have the time to do these tasks themselves or have a hard time looking at their home objectively should contemplate the services of a professional stager.

When median home prices are over 600K, as they are in Hawaii, people want more value than just the plot of land, they want a home they can actually live in without having to remodel. Thanks for the post.


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) almost 11 years ago
Kimo - Excellent point!
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Randy, if it looks good, smells good and is priced right, it should sell!  And people seem to have a hard time getting all three of these ducks lined up at the same time!
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Patricia - I have had sellers who failed with other agents call me to list their homes.  I require they fix the problems that prevented tyhe home from selling.  Some will respect you for giving to them straight and be successful, others are usually doomed fail again.

You can also be straight without being insulting.  That is where salesmanship comes in.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago
Randy, you made excellent points on all counts. If only all the listings could be staged like a Martha Stewart showpiece, and all real estate agents would properly budget for the marketing. Would that be paradise?
Posted by Michael S. Mackey, REALTOR ABR, CRS, GRI, RSPS (CENTURY 21 All Islands) almost 11 years ago

Michael - It would be harder for us to sell our client's homes if everyone did it right.  Since that is not case we have a competitive advantage.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

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