I'm Not Giving My Home Away

Real Estate Agent with The Dietz Team with Re/Max Realtec

I'm not giving my home away! Heard this lately?  As a Real Estate professional and trainer I spend a lot of time studying my scripts.  It seems home sellers have been studying their scripts as well except so far they have only learned one;  "I'm not giving my home away."

This feeling is understandable considering the real estate market here in Palm Harbor, Florida has declined by 40 to 50% since 2006.  With a few exceptions though, most of these people are the same sellers that made 15 to 20% per year gains on their homes from 02 to 05 and I don't remember one person complaining about the price their home would fetch in that market.

Real Estate seems to be the only market where we try to get more for something than it's worth.  Imagine calling your stock broker and telling him to sell your stock in Microsoft for 20% above it's current value or what if the local BP station raised gas prices 50 cents per gallon above the local market because they had just installed brand new custom shelving in their store. 

So what do we do when we run into one of these I'm not giving my home away types?

1. If they are buying, remind them they will get a great deal on their new home.  If it's a move up purchase, it will be a net gain for them.  Good News.

2. If you are still in a declining market, help them self discover that a property that is only a little overpriced today will be more overpriced 30 to 60 days from now and the last time I checked, it didn't matter if your bait was one inch above the water or three feet the result was still the same.  NO Bites! :(

3. My personal favorite (not really) is when someone tells me they are going to wait until next year when the market improves.  Hello, am I missing something here?  thousands of homes in foreclosure and our market is improving?  OK, draw a graph with me. Lets say the market goes down just 10% more and then stays flat for 3 to 5 years until all the foreclosures go away and them comes back at say 5% a year.  That's 7 to 8 years just to get back where we are today not to mention the 15 plus to get back to 06 values.  This is of course an opinion and an estimate.  No one knows for sure.

4.  For the motivated seller this is good news because if you have a nice home in a good location and you are willing to price it right which (again my oppinion) is 5 to 10% below your competition you can still sell for close to full price in a short period of time.  Don't believe me, I have sold 70 homes so far this year for 97% of the asking price in an average of less than 60 days on the market

Now go ahead, I know what's next.  "Sure you can John because You are giving the house away."  tell that to my seller six months from now when their competition is still for sell and priced below what my seller  sold for.  One last thought; as a local Real Estate Professional, I don't determine market value no more than a doctor doesn't brake your arm.  He / She just reads the X Ray and says "your arm is broken."



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Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

Thanks, John.


I especially like the analogy about your bait being 1 inch above the water. I'm sure I will be using that one.

Sep 07, 2009 02:10 PM #1
Linda Powers
Resort Realty - Duck - Duck, NC
On the Outer Banks

This post is great. Too bad our profession as a whole has not learned to be completely honest with sellers. When we give them the price to get their plans on the move, they will list with a competitor because they were told what they wanted to hear. Of course, 6 months from now, the property will still be for sale with a reduced price. By then, the seller is too embarrased to admit we were looking out for their best interests. Oh wekk. win some ... loose some.

Sep 07, 2009 02:13 PM #2
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

John, there are few lines in here that just nail it on the head.  One of my favorites is the bait above the water, the other the analogy to trying to sell stock 20% above value.  People just don't see it that way. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 07, 2009 02:16 PM #3
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

Great post John. My favorite (not really too) and the most common we hear, is #3 ...going to wait until next year when the market improves. They just don't get it.

Sep 07, 2009 02:48 PM #4
john dietz
The Dietz Team with Re/Max Realtec - Palm Harbor, FL
Mega Agent Team Leader, Speaker-Coach-Trainer


First Born, second spouse, third Realtor.  :)


Sep 07, 2009 02:50 PM #5
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