Selling Your Home is NOT a Business Decision. It's Personal. Very Personal.
When you purchased your home, you probably heard this: "buying a home is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make" or "the time to think about selling is when you buy, so that when you sell, you'll make money." I believe that when buying, people just want a place to call home. Homebuyers want a place to live, love, learn, share and raise a family in a place that suits their lifestyle. I don't think that turning a profit upon selling a home, is a high priority for most homebuyers (even in this economy).
On the Flipside of the Coin
I hear real estate agents talking all of the time referring to the sell of a home as a business decision. Personally I don't share that view even when a short sale is involved.. I don't believe homebuyers buy a home so that they can operate it as a business. I believe that selling a home has more to do with one's personal finances and personal financial goals (which by the way are unrelated to business).
If you purchased your home for the sole purpose of turning a profit when you sold it, you are likely a real estate investor and so this message may not apply to you.
But if you purchased your house as a place that you planned to make a home, raise a family and have a place to call your own, then chances are that the sale of your home is anything but a business decision.
It is very much a PERSONAL decision and NOT a business decision. I'd simply like to say that we know it's a tough call when it comes time to sell your home. AS tough as it may be, it would help everyone involved if you could be as objective as possible during the process and thereby reducing the strength of the emotional attachment to the home. We know it's tough, but you made a smart move when you decided to buy and I'm sure that this move to sell is even smarter given your current situation. You don't have to treat the sale of your home as a business decision, but it would help to have the objectivity and clarity of thought like that of a business person.
When working with a Realtor® be sure to select one that understands the emotional attachment that one has to their home. Choose a Realtor® that is understanding and does not dismiss your feelings while at the same time, expressing the need to be objective.