What the market is as we pass through 2009 is an uncommonly robust buyers’ market. That means if your goal is to sell your home within any sort of reasonable time frame, buyers must first detect real value when comparing yours against similar properties.
Four and five years ago, exactly the reverse was true. Sellers were in total command of the market. Inventory was low, demand was uncommonly high and prices soared as a result. Sellers simply had to price their homes in line with recent sales and they would find buyers within days, if not hours. Frequently they would net more for the property than its original list price when interest among competing buyers erupted – as it so often did – into bidding wars. Would-be buyers simply had no other choice than to yield to sellers; or stay on the sidelines.
If your home fails to stack up pricewise with others in its competitive class it will end up as lonely and forlorn as TV’s Maytag repairman. Buyers have too many homes to consider without having to spend time visiting overpriced listings. If they do happen to preview an overpriced home, it only confirms in their minds what great deals can be had elsewhere.
Happily, as trends in recent sales indicate – mine included – if the price is right the buyers are there. That’s why having the best possible presentation for your home has never been more critical. Beyond helping you establish its correct price – a meticulous process, at best, involving major input from multiple sources – it is the agent’s duty to make sure your home is exposed to the most potential buyers. With eight out of ten buyers now starting their home search on the Internet, you need to be represented by an agent steeped in both the traditional forms of property marketing and the latest techniques on online marketing.
Throughout my career my success on behalf of my customers has largely been predicated on the fact that I have always advocated pricing a home exactly in line with what the market will bear at precisely the moment it is listed. That way you sell faster, get a better price and don’t waste precious time or money “testing the market”; or worse, chase the market down with sporadic price reductions as prices decline further.