House sitting on the market

This past peak season of the real estate market was the best we have seen in a decade. There were so many homes being bought and sold, we published several blog articles dedicated to home buyers having a frustrating time trying to even put an offer on a house.

While this is a good market for sellers, not all homes are “flying off the shelves” so to speak. Some houses are still sitting on the market and frustrated homeowners may want to know why.

Real estate is not an exact science, but there are a few obvious reasons your home may not be selling - reasons obvious to seasoned realtors but maybe not to homeowners.

If you are trying to sell your home - with little or no interest - start with these issues first:


It can be very difficult to part with a home you have loved and lived in for many years. You have likely given it blood, sweat, and tears in a literal sense so it means much more to you than it does to the person coming in trying to tell you what it’s worth.

The sad reality is, however, that even with the market being hot for sellers right now, the only way to truly predict an accurate selling price is to look at what comparable homes have sold for in your neighborhood.

Of course, the realtor you hire will do what you tell them to do with your home. However, if he or she hasn’t at least tried to give you the reality of the situation, he or she is not doing their job. In fact, that realtor is actually doing you a disservice. An overpriced house is one of the most obvious reasons it won’t sell.

Lack of Aesthetic Appeal

There is a reason we have whole television shows devoted to the buying and rehabbing of “fixer uppers.”

Most people don’t want the hassle of buying a house that looks bad whether from poor curb appeal or on the inside because of decor and finishes that are old or in need of repair.

Look at your house honestly and critically. Is there peeling paint on the outside? Does the screen door need to be replaced? Are there overgrown bushes or trees blocking the view?

Likewise, design choices inside that are more than a decade old are likely to detract. Do you have old carpeting? Do you have wallpaper that passed its prime 10 years ago?

A word about curb appeal in the era of online shopping: if the picture of the front of your house doesn’t look nice, prospective buyers will skip it and move on. Most people don’t want to mess with having to clean something up.

They want a home that looks nice when they buy it. And most buyers these days are looking at pictures of listings for a long time before they ever go to visit a house in person.

It’s Not Upgraded

We get it. The last thing you want is to buy a new set of kitchen appliances you won’t get to use. Or put a new roof on a house you are about to vacate. However, your house will stand out - and not in a good way - if those things are old.

There are always going to be other homes on the market with key items updated. Yes, replacing a roof more than 10 years old does seem like a hassle and a waste of money, but chances are good you will be paying for it one way or another.

If your home has been sitting on the market, it might be the time to invest in some upgrades.

It’s Not Clean

You may not smell the cat odor or the smell of cigarettes in your home anymore, but I guarantee a prospective buyer will. A prospective buyer will notice your clutter, even when you don’t.

We even suggest taking down everything personal as soon as you decide to sell. Family photos, collections, and even too much furniture only detract from a showing. Take the time to clear out your storage areas - especially your garage - and invest in a short-term storage solution to get rid of some of the clutter if need be.

This is also your chance to touch up paint - or repaint entirely - clean your carpets and install new outlet covers. Taking care to make your baseboards and trim look new can make a huge difference. These things aren’t going to break the budget.

And yes, we know showings are annoying. The reality of the situation is that once you list your home for sale, you have to take ownership of getting it sold. Making sure it’s clean, clutter-free, and brightly lit will go a long way. It may, in fact, be all you need to get it sold.


Channel your frustrations into action: listen to your realtor and fix the problems with your house. You may be looking at a sale within a couple of weeks.

If you are ready to put your house on the market, please give us a call. We would be honored to help.