We all want to get the most money possible when we put our homes on the market so it’s natural to want to ask for top dollar. After you and an experienced realtor review the comps from your neighborhood, you believe you should price it high so that you have room to come down and still make some good money. But the most important part of selling a home is knowing the current market value so you don’t price it too high. There are problems associated with listing your home too high that can actually hurt the sale.
Listings get the most showings in the first 30 days of being on the market. If a home is priced too high, buyers may choose to ignore it or put it in a “wait and see category.” The longer the home sits unsold, though, the more negatively it is viewed. Buyers will think it must be overpriced or there is something wrong with the home. If you wait too long to drop the price, most of those “wait and see” buyers will have already moved on and there will be a smaller pool of buyers interested in your listing as the days on the market increase.
If the home is on the market too long, potential buyers will think they are in a better negotiating position and you may end up receiving a lowball offer, which can be frustrating. Even if you can negotiate up, it will be for far less than your original asking price. If you want to attract as many potential buyers as possible, it’s important that the home is priced correctly from the onset of its going on the market.
An overpriced home helps your competitors. When a buyer looks at your home and then visits another that is priced the same but comes with more features, your competitor’s home will look like a much better deal.
If your home sits on the market for too long, neighbors and potential buyers will assume that there is a problem with it. The home will be stigmatized, and buyers will either be too turned off or too afraid to check it out.
No one wants to buy a house that nobody else seems to want. A house that sticks on the market for months often generates suspicions that some undisclosed feature or element is making it unsalable.
A buyer is interested in your house and willing to pay the price you are asking. But they need to get money from the bank to pay for it. All banks demand an appraisal of any property they loan out money for, and yours will not be the exception. The market runs the appraiser and they will appraise your property in accordance with it. When the appraiser comes back with a noticeably lower market value than the price the buyer is offering the bank will likely refuse to give the buyer a mortgage. This can lead you from a safe sale to an unsuccessful mortgage application leaving you with no option but to seek more buyers.
The Bottom Line:
Find an experienced Real Estate Agent and listen to their advice for pricing your home, stay realistic in your pricing and accomplish your ultimate goal of selling your home. Know that 75% of real estate marketing is the price you set in the beginning. All of the marketing and advertising in the world will not sell an overpriced home.
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