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Real Estate Nightmares: The Top 10 Home Selling Mistakes

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

By Lainie Eilenberger, Real Estate Agent for Key and Slate Real Estate Group

Title: Real Estate Nightmares: The Top 10 Home Selling Mistakes

Chapter 1: Meet Rebecca and Tom

Rebecca and Tom had been living in their beautiful Lubbock, Texas home for years. They had always loved the neighborhood and the memories they had made in the house, but it was time to move on. They had dreams of a bigger home and a bigger yard for their growing family. They had hoped that selling their home would be an easy and painless process, but little did they know the horror that awaited them.

Chapter 2: Mistake #1 - Not Staging Their Home Properly

Rebecca and Tom thought their home was perfect just the way it was, but they failed to realize the importance of staging their home properly. They left clutter around the house, didn't fix the leaky faucet in the bathroom, and left their personal items on display. The house never looked its best for potential buyers, and it was quickly labeled as a haunted house by the locals.

Chapter 3: Mistake #2 - Setting an Unrealistic Price

Rebecca and Tom were overly optimistic about the value of their home, and as a result, they set an unrealistic price. They refused to listen to the advice of their real estate agent and insisted on listing their home for more than it was worth. As a result, the house sat on the market for months, and the longer it sat, the more it became known as the haunted house.

Chapter 4: Mistake #3 - Not Marketing the Home Properly

Rebecca and Tom assumed that simply listing their home on a real estate website was enough to attract buyers. They failed to market their home properly and didn't utilize all of the available marketing channels. As a result, their home didn't get the exposure it needed, and the haunted reputation of the home grew.

Chapter 5: Mistake #4 - Neglecting Repairs and Maintenance

Rebecca and Tom were so focused on moving out of their home that they neglected to make necessary repairs and perform routine maintenance. The house was in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint, the roof needed to be fixed, and the landscaping needed attention. These neglected repairs gave the house a dark and eerie vibe that scared off potential buyers.

Chapter 6: Mistake #5 - Not Cleaning the House Thoroughly

Rebecca and Tom thought they had cleaned their home thoroughly, but they didn't realize how dirty it had become over the years. Potential buyers were put off by the musty smell, the cobwebs in the corners, and the dusty surfaces. The haunted vibe of the house only intensified as a result of the neglectful cleaning.

Chapter 7: Mistake #6 - Refusing to Negotiate

Rebecca and Tom were so set on getting their unrealistic asking price that they refused to negotiate with potential buyers. They thought they had all the time in the world to sell their house, but they were wrong. The longer their house sat on the market, the more the haunted reputation of the home grew.

Chapter 8: Mistake #7 - Ignoring Curb Appeal

Rebecca and Tom thought that the inside of their home was all that mattered, but they didn't realize the importance of curb appeal. The landscaping was overgrown, the paint was peeling, and the house looked dark and uninviting from the street. The haunted reputation of the home was only reinforced by the neglected curb appeal.

Chapter 9: Mistake #8 - Not Working with a Professional Real Estate Agent

Rebecca and Tom tried to sell their home on their own, thinking they could save money on commissions. But they quickly realized they were in over their heads. They didn't have the marketing skills, or the negotiation skills needed to sell a home effectively, and they made mistake after mistake. They were haunted by their inability to sell their home, and it seemed like there was no end in sight.

It wasn't until they turned to Lainie Eilenberger, Real Estate Agent for Key and Slate Real Estate Group, that they realized they had made a grave mistake. Lainie had the marketing skills and negotiation expertise needed to sell their home quickly and for a fair price. She took on the challenge of selling their haunted home, and before they knew it, they had a buyer.

Chapter 10: Mistake #9 - Failing to Address Home Inspection Issues

Rebecca and Tom had hoped that the home inspection would go smoothly, but unfortunately, it did not. There were issues with the roof, the plumbing, and the electrical system that needed to be addressed. They were reluctant to make the necessary repairs, but Lainie advised them to do so, and they listened. The repairs were made, and the haunted reputation of the home was slowly fading away.

Chapter 11: Mistake #10 - Not Being Flexible with Closing Dates

Rebecca and Tom were so eager to move out of their home that they were inflexible with the closing date. They insisted on a specific date, and it nearly cost them the sale. The buyer had unexpected issues that arose, and they needed to push the closing date back. Rebecca and Tom were hesitant to agree, but Lainie advised them to be flexible. They listened, and the sale went through without any further issues.


In the end, Rebecca and Tom learned a valuable lesson. They realized that selling a home is not easy and that it takes expertise and experience to do it effectively. They also realized that they had made a lot of mistakes along the way, but that those mistakes could be rectified with the help of a professional real estate agent like Lainie Eilenberger.

If you're thinking of selling your home in Lubbock, Texas, don't make the same mistakes as Rebecca and Tom. Contact Lainie Eilenberger, Real Estate Agent for Key and Slate Real Estate Group, and let her help you avoid the horror of a haunted home. Lainie has the expertise, experience, and marketing skills needed to sell your home quickly and for a fair price. And remember, is the best place to find homes, land, and commercial real estate in West Texas.

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