Why Do People Get Irate When I Refuse To List Their Property?

Just asking because I was called a lot of things on the phone yesterday by a client after telling them that I didn’t wish to list their property because they were asking too high a price for it and it would affect the quality control on the site.

Property Sellers in Denial
Property Sellers in Denial

One thing I often remind buyers is that I genuinely work for them to get them the best deal on properties. Properties that are overpriced do not get onto the site because I am wasting everybody’s time by putting them up, mine included. When you as a buyer look on the site you must ask yourself the question, why is that place so expensive compared to others if I have placed properties that are too expensive onto it.

So down to the nitty gritty, if a property is listed on another site at 230k and I don’t think it is worth that I have a right not to list it don’t I?

I suppose that the other agent is totally right and I am wrong of course because the seller told me I was.

I reserve the right to be wrong though.

Protecting the integrity of the site and the listings on there is more important to me than pacifying a seller who is obviously living in cloud cuckoo land. However I did try to be nice about it. Turns out I mustn’t be much good at being nice about it if what I was called is true 😉

Now compare with this morning when a client phoned me to place their property on the site after an interlude of four months. They were courteous, asked about the market, asked how she could help to sell it and then lowered her price by 25K compared with the last listing. This house for sale in Domeño you can see here. It is on the site and might sell. The other one won’t.

140000 Euros House For Sale In Domeño
140000 Euros House For Sale In Domeño

Now if the seller who abused me on the phone had have read my book Web Marketing For Estate Agents, they may well have had a different atitude

6 thoughts on “Why Do People Get Irate When I Refuse To List Their Property?

  1. Hi Graham

    must have been a Newcastle/Fulham/Brum/Man City supporter.

    I have a really good technique on people hurling abuse down the dog. You replace the receiver while they are in full flow.

    However, the last time I did that, next morning I had a couple of embarrassed plod on the doorstep, enquiring whether I had had a sudden fatal illness. The other party had been overcome by guilt…



    1. Good story Chris! I reckon he just inhabited a parallel Universe. Everything is sweet and light there you know

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  3. Spot on Graham as always. You probably also get “yeh but I paid this for the house 3 years ago” that’ll wash with a buyer in today’s market!

    Most common reason other than price for not taking on a house

    me: “Can we get a copy of the Habitation Certificate?”
    client: “my lawyer says I don’t need it to sell”
    me: “does your lawyer recommend that you buy a property without it?”
    No further questions m’lud

    1. Yep Paul, the but I paid 200k three years ago comment is usually met with a Ok so assuming a standard 35% reduction for houses that are selling at the moment that means we can sell it for 130k now right! Usually that gets them angry unfortunately so I need to coat it a bit!

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