How to Handle Nosy People When Selling Your Home

Did you suddenly decide to sell your home, and you’re not ready to face everyone who’s most likely to ask why? There are many personal reasons why people choose to sell their homes, and homeowners are never required to disclose them to the public — only to prospective buyers who ask. But what happens when your family or close friends ask the questions you don’t like? 

If you’re one of those people who don’t like talking to “pryers,” that’s alright. We understand that the process of selling a home can be very personal, and you shouldn’t be pressured to explain everything to people. So here are some tips that can help you deal with these people without getting stressed out:

Be Prepared

Sometimes, things become annoying when you’re caught by surprise. However, if you expect them to happen, you can prepare yourself better. Whenever a get-together comes up, whether it’s with your family, friends, or colleagues, you should anticipate questions and not negatively react to them immediately. This is because, sometimes, people ask out of genuine concern.

Stay Truthful

Tip #2 is, to be honest. You don’t have to disclose all the details. If things aren’t good (that’s why you’re selling the house), you can simply say that things haven’t been good — that’s totally fine. If you stay truthful the first time, you wouldn’t have to worry about hiding from or avoiding these people the next time.

Moreover, being honest can prevent additional stress. When we’re dishonest, we’re often pressured to maintain it because who would like to be called a liar, right? So when we tell the truth, we’re actually helping ourselves too.

Switch the Topic

We’ve all been placed in an awkward situation at least once in our lives. This is often when we subconsciously have to pick between fight or flight. To fight, in this case, is to tell the whole truth no matter how uncomfortable it is. On the other hand, flight, in this case, is to either run and hide or change the conversation.

Again, selling a home privately without people asking why is a personal choice that you’re not obligated to explain. And while we’ve heard time and time again that it’s never good to run away all the time, your situation can be an exemption.  It’s alright to “run away” from the taxing questions, but we recommend doing it subtly by merely switching the subject of your conversation.

Avoid Them Physically

Another flight response is to avoid these people just until you’re comfortable enough to talk about your issues with them. It’s alright not to be ready right away, and it’s okay to take a break from things (or people) that give us unnecessary stress. You don’t need to be the subject of gossip just because you’re having problems, and drawing the line is the sensible thing to do to protect your mental health.

If avoiding snoopy family and friends can help you move forward from the problems associated with your home, then go ahead. Remember that avoiding people while selling your home doesn’t mean cutting off ties forever.

Create Distractions

Events can be the worst because it’s when a lot of people will have the chance to ask and expect an answer from you. You can prevent this by taking control of things from the start. Creating distractions can mean organizing games, facilitating a program, or any activity that keeps people busy. This way, they won’t have the time and opportunity to speak with you as much.

Tell Them It’s a Private Matter

This is an alternative to the “stay truthful” tip. This time, it’s not about saying why you’re selling, but it’s about being honest to people about not wanting to share the reason with them outright. Instead of saying, “it has just been a bad time,” you can also say, “I’m sorry, but I’m not comfortable talking about it to you.” This can be a bold move that could elicit either a positive or negative response, but at the end of the day, they have to remember that it’s not about them, and they should respect your choice.

Sell Your Home Off-The-Market, Fast

If none of these tips work or you never want to try them, don’t worry; you can still sell your house fast and privately at the same time. How? In the real estate industry, there’s what we call selling a home off the market.

Off-The-Market selling means you sell your property without listing it on any MLS. This means you don’t have to advertise or announce the sale to the public except to a few selected people. 

Spire Property Solutions is an example of an off-market buyer.  We buy houses directly from homeowners and can buy your home from you fast without going through a real estate agent. There’s no lengthy process because we buy houses for cash — no lender and time-consuming appraisals!

You won’t have to sit long and tolerate annoying questions from people anymore because we can close a deal in as quick as seven (7) days!

Call us today at (678) 318 – 1801 and get an offer for your house within 24 hours!

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