4 Guaranteed Ways to Get Rid of Buyers for Your Santa Cruz Home for Sale

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Sunday, October 11th, 2009 at 9:10am.

Sometimes, just sometimes, it seems that people don’t really want to sell their home.  They put the “Santa Cruz Home for Sale” sign up in the yard and then steadily push potential buyers away.  If you don’t want to sell your home, here are a few ways to get rid of the nosy buyers:

1. Open houses – Especially if you’re using a real estate agent, your home will be open to the public (i.e. buyers).  The best way to discourage these buyers is by making sure you’re there to point out all the flaws and issues you’ve had while living there.  They’ll eat it up and walk away.

2. Curb appeal – Weeds can cover up a beautiful lawn like nobody’s business.  Putting away the lawnmower, garden sheers and weed eater is an excellent way to ditch potential buyers.

3. Painting the house – Every article written by a real estate guru on “how to market your Santa Cruz home for sale” will tell you to paint your house in neutral colors if it needs to be repainted.  Therefore, it stands to reason that if you’re playing “ditch the buyer,” the best thing to do is pick a color that screams, “Here I am!”  No worries.  Once you know for sure your house won’t sell, you can always repaint.

4. Clearing the house – It’s a known fact that buyers like to be able to see themselves living in the house.  Your job is to go around and put up as many knick-knacks and pictures as possible to let them know it’s YOUR house.

Of course, if you’ve put up your Santa Cruz home for sale, chances are you do want to sell it.  Pay attention to the above and make sure you aren’t pushing clients away.  If need be, ask your real estate agent to go over the house with you and provide suggestions on how you can improve your home’s buyer appeal.

If you’re trying to sell your home and want it to be marketable, I can help.  Call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at lauren@laurenspencer.com for more information.



1.  Open houses

2.  Curb appeal

3.  Neutral colors

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