Top 3 Simple Reasons Why Your House Is Not Selling

by Hank Coleman

Three Reasons Why Your House Is Not SellingBeing stuck in a location that you hate or in a house that now holds bad memories can start to ruin your life. If you’ve recently been divorced and are still living in your marital home, or even if the area has become a hotspot for theft, you’ll want to get out as soon as you can.

But how can you do this? You have to understand why your house is not selling. There could be simple things that you can do to fix this.

No doubt you put your house on the market as soon as you could. But, what can you do if months and months later you’re still stuck in the same place after being unable to secure a sale? You are sure to be wondering why your house is not selling.

Why Is My House Not Selling?!?!

Your house is not selling. It has been on the market for months. There aren’t many showings or very few, and offers are not coming in like you had hoped either. Why your house is not selling can be weighing on your mind. Well, now is the time to implement our action plan.

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Use more than one estate agent

If you’re struggling to sell with your current estate agent, ditch them and employ the help of a few different ones if you haven’t signed a non-compete agreement with your realtor. It’ll cost you more in fees, but they’ll each be scrambling to beat the competition, and that’s likely to result in a fast sell for you.

Up the advertising

Don’t leave the advertising of your home down to the estate agents. Advertise in your local paper and put up posters on notice boards at schools or supermarkets. Use Facebook and Twitter to let people know you’re selling, and ask friends to share and re-tweet. In short, use your common sense and take advantage of whatever access you have to the eyes and ears of potential buyers in the area.

There’s always room for improvement

If your house doesn’t look like a showroom, then you’re missing out. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to the way your home looks, so don’t settle for what you’ve already got.

It might be to your taste, but others may hate it. If you have a viewing coming up, don’t settle for anything less than spotless, and by that, we really do mean spotless.

No doubt you’ll have visited a show house before; that’s what you’re aiming for. Neutral decor, clean scents, and no pending repairs are all things that will reflect positively in the eyes of a potential buyer.

So don’t assume viewers will be able to look past your property’s faults.

The last resort…

If you’re at the end of your tether and just need to get out, then you could always go for a quick sale through a house buying company. You’ll get cash for your property and be able to move elsewhere straight away.

Are you selling your house? Have you ever thought, “why is my house not selling?” What did you do to get your house sold fast?

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.


Hank Coleman has written 581 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.


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Bryce @ Save and Conquer

If it’s taking too long to sell, lower the price. Our neighbor recently put her house on the market for $780k. A comparable house a few streets over went on the market for $750k. Guess what, that house sold, our neighbor’s did not until she lowered her price to $750k. It then sold within a couple of weeks.

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Hank Coleman

That’s a great point, Bryce. My wife and I saw the same thing happen in our own neighborhood. Some people are delusional as to what their home is really worth. And, now the information on comparables and past sales is so readily available to everyone online.

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