Buyers ~ Do Not Assume that Every Home You Approach is Overpriced!

Reblogger Lyn Sims
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Mr. or Ms. Buyer is this you?  You've been told in the media that home prices are adjusting downward but what if they are wrong?  Your local realtor spends day in and out looking at homes in the area and knows what prices are doing for your market.  If you're looking for 'that deal' and the realtor can back it up with sold prices in the area you should move forward before someone else does!  My sellers have now priced their homes BELOW MARKET in order to attract more buyers! 

We are dangling the best priced 'carrot' that we can to entice you into making an offer.  In my area we do not 'pack in' as they say, 10 to 20% off the list price.  It's just not done and it defeats the purpose of pricing a home correctly. 

Enjoy this wise advice from Jane Peters who sells in the L.A. area.

Original content by Jane Peters BRE# 01439865

It is in most people's nature to look for a deal.  Having lived in the Middle East I am certainly used to offering ridiculous prices straight off the bat, walking away, and waiting for the vendor to come running after me.  If you pay full price there, after walking away, the shop keeper will spend the next half hour rubbing his hands together in glee.

It is not unheard of here now to try and get the price of something lowered, even in major stores, but there is no personal connection by the salesperson with the item being sold in stores.

Now you go to someone's home, the most personal of possessions.  You automatically assume that the house is overpriced, even though your agent may tell you that they have looked around at the comps, and it seems to be within range.  You can certainly afford the price listed.  You love the house, but you cannot bring yourself to start with a reasonable offer.

You talk to your agent and tell them what you are willing to pay for the property, which is beyond reasonable.  Your agent advises you that the offer would not be worth the paper upon which it is written, and you are going to insult the Seller.  So you wait.  You come back a few weeks later and decide to make an offer, a little higher than before, but still too low.  This house has been sitting on the market for a while, so you are sure that the Seller is going to be more "reasonable". They are going to fall over and kiss your feet. But, as happens so many times, Murphy's Law of Homebuying kicks in. There is another offer being considered, all cash, and much higher than you were going to offer.

Had you made a reasonable offer when you first considered buying, and by "reasonable", I mean one that would encourage a counter offer, you may have been successful in buying the property you obviously love.   Now, even if they look at your offer, chances are both offers will be bid up close to the asking price.

Los Angeles home sales are turning around and most realtors are professionals who know the market.  If a house is overpriced it will often quickly be dropped down to at or near market price.  At some point you have to realize that there is a value to the home that you cannot go below.

Back to Murphy's Law of Homebuying.  The minute you want to make an offer on a property, another buyer will come out of the woodwork, especially on a property that has been sitting on the market for a while, and definitely when you have been hanging back.  It never fails. 

Buying or selling real estate in Los Angeles can be an overwhelming process.  Contact Jane Peters, Los Angeles realtor specializing in absentee owners, relocation to los angeles, and those who need that extra attention, in order to make the transaction a smooth, trouble-free, and fun experience.

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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
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I quite agree, the way a buyer approaches a house and the mindset they take can make a big difference!

May 12, 2010 12:06 PM #1
Susan Laxson
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Thanks for re-blogging this post - I missed it the first time and agree!

May 12, 2010 12:06 PM #2
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
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It's a great post, wanted to share it with my readers.

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