Real estate agents reveal 11 reasons why your home is unsellable
20/08/2019 17:22 | Source: Business Insider
Business Insider asked real-estate agents across the U.S., and they point out 11 reason that prevent your home from being sold.

1. An unfavorable location 

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"Location is a huge factor," Butch Haze, who sells homes between $3 million and $10 million in the San Francisco area, told Business Insider. "In San Francisco, I also keep an eye out for big power lines obstructing the window views. Space is tight in the Bay Area, but backyards still make a difference."

Elana Delafraz of REAL New York, who rents homes in the city for $3,200 to $5,000 a month, added homes that are next to places like a fraternity house or an airport could be particularly tricky to sell or rent

2. An unrealistic price tag

When a home isn't selling, it's probably because the price is too high, according to some agents.

Noemi Bitterman of Warburg Realty, who handles sales in New York City for homes between $500,000 and $1.75 million, said: "An unsellable home is one that is not priced right.”

3. Bad odors, especially from cats

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Some agents told Business Insider that bad odors as a common reason a home won't sell. Three agents said that odors from cats in particular are bad news.

Jose Laya, who sells homes in Miami, said residual scents from smoking can also pose a problem.

4. Lack of natural light

Not having natural light can make an apartment much less desirable, said Michael Bello of REAL New York, who handles $5,000-a-month rentals in New York City.

Colin Turek of Compass in New York City, who sells in the $800,000 to $2 million range, said: "Nobody wants to live in a cave, so keep this in mind as you reno!”

5. A death in the home

A death in a home can make it particularly difficult to sell, said Delafraz of REAL New York.

6. Poor architecture

According to Robin Kencel of The Robin Kencel Group at Compass in Connecticut, factors that make a home unsellable "are the ones that cannot be changed: location, low ceilings, difficult floor plan that cannot be easily modified, poor architecture." 

7. Mold or other environmental problems

Other problems that can make a home unsellable include "significant environmental issues such as mold throughout the walls," said Kencel.

8. Maintenance or structural issues

Ignoring major repairs and putting off necessary renovations can make a home unsellable, said some agents including Rob McCann from Pennsylvania, and Jason Tsalkas of Compass.

9. Old-fashioned decor 

For sure, an outdated or badly decorated home can be basically impossible to sell, several real-estate agents told Business Insider. Eric Mendelsohn, who sells homes for an average of $1 million in New York City, said a home that's particularly "dated" can be unsellable.

10. Clutter


Home sellers need to make sure their home is as attractive as possible to sell it, according to agents.

Jared Barnett of Compass said: "It's important to do the necessary work to list the home, such as any cosmetic work needed, decluttering, and staging.”

11. Uncooperative sellers

Sometimes, it's the seller of the home that can keep it from selling, Maggie Ross of Compass pointed out.
She said: "Unruly pets or an unwillingness to do the work to show the home - purging belongings, vacating the property for showings, removing pets from the home (especially loud or odorous pets), and a general attitude of not wanting to put your best foot forward.”