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Realtors are always walking a tightrope when it comes to discussing pricing with a Homeowner/Seller. A real estate sage once told me that comparing anyone's home with anyone else's home is like comparing their kids to someone else's kids. You should probably duck when you attempt it.
We all know that the market has gotten stronger, but "stronger" doesn't mean prices have gone up, or will go up anytime soon. The best projections I've heard is that if the economy keeps getting stronger, we may see 3-5% increases/year in the housing market. Lest we forget, in most markets, that's average. We've seen what happens when home values skyrocket --- and this country cannot afford another economic meltdown. Anyway, I digress.
A few of my clients decided to take some time off, after their homes spent months on the market with few showings and no offers. It was certainly clear the prices were far too high, and we agreed to re-list the homes in early Spring. Well, it's Spring (not early Spring, but beggers can't be choosers). and we had our pricing sitdown/come to Jesus meeting. Unfortunately, there had been a metamorphosis since I last saw them. They were happy --- actually happy! Both couples had been watching news programs that told them the housing market has heated up, and this is the time to sell.
Ok. I explained that by "heating up," they mean more buyers are actually making offers. What they didn't mean is that prices have gone up --- at all.
"Oh, no, that's not true, You Realtors are so negative. We need a Realtor to believe in our home."
Ok. I believe in the Easter Bunny, but I still fill my own basket.
While I'm thrilled the economy is (slowly) getting stronger, and certainly that buyers aren't sitting on their wallets, I'm also a pragmatist. If a home was listed, last year, at $1.6 mil, and it didn't sell, I can pretty much guarantee it isn't worth $1.6, this year. Probably not $1.5 either.
I have to re-read How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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