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any given time, three
general factors affect the sale of your house: the current real estate
the location of your property, and the competition. These three factors
always in flux. Interest rates rise and fall; neighborhoods lose or
cachet; similar houses suddenly arrive on the market; and the pool of
one can control these
factors, and you can’t wait until all the conditions are
absolutely perfect to
sell your home. Smart sellers don't put themselves at the mercy of
factors – they maximize conditions to their advantage.
review the three
factors mentioned above: market, location and competition.
will make your
property stand out from the competition whether the market is booming
In a buyer's market (where there are more houses than buyers),
home is the best way to make it memorable and easy for buyers to recall
end of a long day of house hunting.
all heard it
before, "location, location, location" is important. If your house is
in a less-than-ideal location, you can't move it. If that's the case,
most of it. Turn your house into the most appealing house in that
Remember, if your house doesn't stand out, another
will, and it will get
a number of houses
with similar features are on the market, yours needs to shine. If two
are similar in structure or layout, buyers will choose the one that
feels as if
it could be a home.
that you have
considered the above factors, how do you decide how to price your house?
there isn't an
exact formula to arrive at the magic number, only a price range. Why?
houses are a commodity and are subject to laws of supply
and demand, plus
market conditions keep changing. Prices rise when there are more buyers
sellers; they decline when more houses exceed buyers. The availability
money also affects sales, but ultimately what the buyers feels about a
what determines the price he'll pay. While the buyer determines the
price, you establish the listing price of your home.
you put a house up
for sale, there is a high probability that the asking price will be
The key is knowing when to lower the amount. Keep in mind that timing
everything. If you have had your house on the market for some time and,
last minute effort, decide to lower the price, it may not bring you the
is during the first
two weeks that your home will bring the most traffic. This is when the
fresh on the market and in its peak sale time. If you wait too long to
down the price, the current buyers will have already seen the house and
necessarily show new interest.
doesn't mean that
another group of buyers won't come along, but buyers are bunched in
ranges. Therefore, in order to grab the attention of the next price
buyers, you would probably have to make a significant reduction.
arrive at a realistic
listing price, research the competition. Learn what similar houses have
recently sold for as well as what "comparables" haven't sold. This
will provide a good idea of the price buyers are and are not willing to
houses similar to yours. Remember, a buyer will be looking at a number
houses with similar features and amenities.
features in your house will determine its price range. For example, a
three-bedroom, one-bath house in a certain neighborhood will sell for
a three-bedroom, two-bath house in the same neighborhood because buyers
willing to pay more for a second bathroom.
your home can be
very emotional for the entire family. How do you put a dollar amount on
memories? Many sellers are offended if the market value of their house
reflect their emotional attachment. However, you need to consider that
memories won’t qualify as a feature to strangers.
overprice your house- that
usually backfires. As mentioned above, the most
of buyers arrive ready to buy within the first two weeks a house is on
market. They've done their homework. They won't buy a house that's
If a buyer is interested in your home, they still have to secure a
order to obtain that mortgage, your home has to come back appraised at
asking price. For example, if you were selling your home for $100,000
appraisal came back at $95,000. Mostly likely, the deal would fall
you would have to lower the asking price to match the appraisal.
a conditional offer
falls apart or, it stays for sale on the market for a while, the chance
taking longer to sell has greatly increased. So, if you’re
the seller of a
house, it’s imperative to procure an appraisal first, or work
with a qualified
real estate agent who can guide you into an appropriate asking price.
it's your responsibility to price your
house so that it will sell quickly and
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.