Selling a Home
If you are thinking of selling your home, chances are you're caught up in a mass of emotions. You may be looking forward to moving up to a new home or facing the uncertainty of a major move across country. You may be reluctant to leave your memories behind or eager to start new and exciting adventures. Remember, we're here to help you with any of your needs. Call or email us today!
Setting the Listing Price
In setting the list price for your home, you should be aware of a buyers frame
of mind. Based on a list of houses for sale in your neighborhood (which can be
in the form of a printed list from us, or online search results that youve found
yourself), buyers will determine which houses they want to view. Consider the following
NOTE: Never say
"asking" price, which implies you don't expect to get it.
- If you set the price too high, your
house wont be picked for viewing, even though it may be much nicer than others in
the area. You may have told your REALTOR to "Bring me any offer.
Frankly, Id take less." But in that list of houses, yours simply looks too
expensive to be considered.
- If you price too low, you'll
Your house will sell promptly, yes, but before it has
time to find the buyer who would have paid more.
To determine the proper list price, contact
me today and I'll provide you with
the following professional services:
Using Comparable Sales
- Furnishing comparable sales.
- Analyzing market conditions.
- Helping to determine offering incentives.
- Estimating your net proceeds.
No matter how attractive and polished your house, buyers
will be comparing its price with everything else on the market. Your best guide is a
record of what the buying public has been willing to pay
in the past few months for property in your neighborhood like yours.
Also we can furnish data on sale figures for those
"comps", and analyze them for a suggested listing price. The decision about how
much to ask, though, is always yours. The list of comparable sales we bring to you, along
with data about other houses in your neighborhood presently on the market, is used for a "Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)." To help in
estimating a possible sale price for your house, the analysis will also include data on
nearby houses that failed to sell in the past few months, along with their list prices.
This CMA differs from a formal appraisal in several ways.
One major difference is that an appraisal will be based only on
past sales. In addition, an appraisal is done for a fee while the CMA is
provided by us and may include properties currently listed for sale and those currently
In the normal home sale, a CMA is
probably enough to let you set a proper price. A formal written appraisal
(which may cost a few hundred dollars) can be useful if you have unique property, if there
hasn't been much activity in your area recently, if co-owners disagree about price, and
any other circumstance that makes it difficult to put a value on your home.
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