Changing Leavenworth Realtors: A Guide to Selling an Expired Leavenworth House

Are you considering firing your current real estate agent?

 

Thinking about deciding not to re-list with them and changing Leavenworth realtors?

This time of  year in Leavenworth we talk to a number of homeowners throughout the Leavenworth and Lake  Wenatchee area who are considering putting their house on the market to sell.  Some need to sell, while others are still trying to decide if the time is right.

One group we particularly enjoy helping is those home sellers who have tried in the past to sell their house with another agent but without success.   Known in the real estate business as ”expired listings”  these are homeowners looking for better advice and a change in direction.

This house on Ranger Road in Leavenworth's Ski Hill neighborhood was on and off the market for 4 years.

ski hill house

Our suggestions:

  • Stage the house to sell which included removing lots of personal items and decorations that prevented buyers from actually SEEING the house.
  • Professional Photos
  • Accurate Pricing (based on recent sales of similar homes)

The result: dozens and dozens of showings instead of a few each summer, and more importantly - SOLD in about 5 months.

This next house was a challenge because it was off the grid and ran on solar power with a generator backup. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea. It had been on the market nearly two years before we met with the sellers.

3400 Camas Way, Peshastin

Our suggestions:

  • Stage the house to sell. Remove wall paper, new paint and carpet, remove art and antiques that are distracting
  • Professional Photos
  • Accurate Pricing

 

wall paper before and after Before and After: Wallpaper

The result: Sold in just 2 months!

The sellers said "Geordie and Allyson are right on! They really know the business and did a great job prepping us and the house for a quick sale. It worked like a gem and I totally trust them to get the job done."

This last example is another we are very proud of. This was a 6 unit condo complex in downtown Leavenworth. The units were newly built and had been on the market about a year before we were asked to help out.  We worked with the bank that was carrying the loan to sell these as short sales.

1107 Front St

Our suggestions:

  • Allow nightly rentals in the covenants
  • Professional Photos
  • Realtor Lock Box and Easier Access
  • Accurate Pricing

The result: All six units closed within a 6 month period.

 

By now, you are probably seeing a theme among the advice that we give our clients.  The advice we give sellers is the same, whether we are listing it for the first time or we are helping out a seller on an expired listing that has been on the market for years.

The house must look absolutely fabulous, both in person and online. It also needs to be priced competitively. Modern buyers are smart and they will compare your home to Zillow's Zestimates and to the tax assessed value in addition to other houses in the neighborhood for sale.  If your house is listed for $100,000 too much (which is unfortunately all too common) the number of showings will be small and the number of offers even smaller.

If you tried to sell your house in Leavenworth last year without success, we would love an opportunity to meet with you.  The changes we suggest might be easy or they might be difficult. You might not be pleased with our assessment of the value of your home in today's market.

We promise though to be honest and up front with our assessment and to give you the very best that we have to offer.

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Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Leavenworth-area real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.

 

Testimonials

 

Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Laura Anderson

 

 

As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  –
 

- Jean Stern

 

 

Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Terry Foster

 

 

Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Ryan Olsen

 

 

It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Cammie Schlosser

 

Moving to Leavenworth?

Are you looking for a cabin or a condo in Leavenworth that your family can use as a home base when climbing, skiing or hiking around Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee?

Maybe you rent a house here and have decided to stay, surprised how a summer of rafting somehow turned into seven years.

Maybe it’s time to escape the hustle of the big city (and its rain) and move to Leavenworth with its four seasons.

Maybe you bought a condo years ago, don’t seem to use as much, and it’s time to sell.

Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.