Selling Stress & How To Handle It

Selling a home in South Lake Tahoe can feel annoying at times. First, there is the prep work to get it in “showing condition”, and then you have to keep it clean and get out of your houses last second for showings. All while trying to live your daily life. Even if you are incredibly laid back, you may feel like losing your cool at least a couple times throughout the process. So after all the legwork to get the home ready, can’t you just put your feet up and wait for it to sell? Not always. Read on for some potential missteps when selling your South Lake Tahoe real estate!

Showing No Shows

Yes. This happens. Thankfully, not often. However, if it is a snowy Saturday and you woke up early to get the home spic and span for a showing only to have them not show up? Well that could make anyone a little cranky. While sharing your true feelings will do more harm than good, your South Lake Tahoe realtor can ask the potential buyers agent why they didn’t show up and if they will be coming through. They can also share that you won’t be stood up twice. After all, if the buyers love the home they likely will want to make a good impression. Also, keep in mind, there could be a good explanation for why they didn’t show up.

Last-minute showings

Speaking of showings, there is always a last minute one. Even if the instructions ask for a certain amount of notice, there is always that one buyer who wants to see your house last second. With South Lake Tahoe real estate being a second resort market, we get a lot of people who come up last minute or see your house driving through the neighborhood and want to tour before heading back to the Bay area. If you want your South Lake Tahoe real estate sold, it is best to stay flexible. Your home for sale in Lake Tahoe may be in complete disarray for whatever reason so tidy up as quickly as you can and just let the South Lake Tahoe realtor know that because it was last second you didn’t get as much time to prep. In most scenarios, people will understand. I always recommend that people de-clutter, donate and start packing before they list so that when these situations arise, you are a little more prepared. Also designate a couple large storage bins with lids for a “catch all”. People will open the closets, but they won’t open up your personal property…….usually.

Getting your pets out of the home

It is hard enough getting you and your loved ones out the door, but what about your furry family members? You really shouldn’t leave these ones lounging around the house for multiple reasons. The buyers could accidentally let them out. They could be allergic or scared so they either don’t see the house or they rush through and can’t soak up all that your home has to offer. Your dog may be the sweetest animal ever, but if you aren’t home and strangers come through, they could feel protective and go on the defense. Your pet means you are liable. Luckily, there are a few ways you can handle this. You can take them with you. You can coordinate temporary pet care via a local animal sitting service. You can put them in a crate or kennel out back or in the garage and specify that in the marketing remarks. Regardless, be sure to ask your realtor what the best protocol is for handling your pets while selling.

Leaving your home clean and coming home to a mess

Occasionally people will come through in large groups or let their children run amuck in your South Lake Tahoe real estate. Most of the time your home is how you left it. Other times you can clearly tell that some younger children were having fun with the blinds. If nothing else, their agent should (key word here) restore the home how they found it. However, if you REALLY need your home to stay in pristine condition, your South Lake Tahoe realtor can specify your requests in the agent only remarks on the listing agreement. You can specify no large groups, no pets that aren’t service animals or children under a certain age. Just proceed with caution before you make potential buyers feel like they are being singled out.

Coming home to property damage

This one is VERY rare! But it can happen. This could be anything: something working before you left to all of a sudden being out of commission once you get home, damage from crawling through the attic or a family heirloom broken due to accident. Whatever it is, it is well within your rights to ask what happened. Thankfully home owner’s insurance can come to the rescue for most situations. For the irreplaceable valuables, I always recommend folks put those items away before listing. After all, you will be having strangers tour your home so you really never can be too safe.

Coming home to your door unlocked with all the lights on

There is nothing worse than coming home to finding your house has not only been left unsecured and the lights have been left on all day long. Once again, your South Lake Tahoe realtor can specify instructions in the listing agreement but you can leave a sign by the front door as a friendly reminder.

For more information on what to expect when you are listing, give me a call and let’s talk about the listing process.

Real Estate Lingo: What Does Everything Mean?

If you are new to real estate you will learn almost immediately that this industry needs its own Thesaurus. From the listing description to the things your South Lake Tahoe realtor says, you will likely be left scratching your head a few times wondering what it is they actually mean. If you are new to South Lake Tahoe real estate, you will want to read this one so you aren’t left in the dark!


This means the South Lake Tahoe real estate is available for purchase. It could have received some offers, but they were not accepted. So, if you like a home that is “active” and want to make a purchase-go for it!

Active Pending

This means the home for sale in South Lake Tahoe has received an offer. If you really want the home, you could make a back up offer just in case. It doesn’t mean you will get the home, it simply means that if the deal falls out, you are next in line.

Pending-Do Not Show

This means the seller has an accepted offer on their home for sale in South Lake Tahoe and (most likely) an executed contract with all the contingencies met. This is usually the escrow period and they do not want anyone going to see the house.


This is a fun one as a lot of people get confused with this term. “Contingent” still means pending and that the home is under contract but the sale is subject to a certain criterion being met before the deal closes. Contingencies could be the buyers house selling first, home inspections, attorney review if applicable, etc. It basically means they are waiting on something else to happen before they go through with the deal.


This term is the most obvious of the bunch. The South Lake Tahoe real estate has sold and the home is officially in the hands of a new owner. Better luck next time!

Back on market

Also known as BOMK, this home for sale in South Lake Tahoe went from pending back to active. Simply put, the escrow fell through. This doesn’t always mean something is wrong with the home, it could be that the buyers financing fell apart last second so don’t let this status scare you.


This active property is no longer active and is off the market. If you are still interested in this real estate in South Lake Tahoe, your South Lake Tahoe realtor could touch base with the sellers realtor and see if they are still interested in selling.

Temporarily off the market

Also known as TOMK, the seller has taken the property off the market for an unknown period of time. This usually happens because work needs to be done or the home cannot be shown. If you had your eye on the home, it should be back to active soon.


Unlike a TOMK listing, a withdrawn property may not come back on the market. The sellers could have decided to keep the home or they were frustrated by the lack of activity or the offers they got. You can have your South Lake Tahoe realtor contact their realtor to get the inside scoop and see if it is appropriate to make an offer.

While these are not the only terms in South Lake Tahoe real estate, these are the most common. If you are still trying to wrap your head around the lingo and how it works, give me a call as I would be happy to guide you through this process.