Selling Your Home - The right list price is a key to the timely selling of your home!

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

How Much Is Your Home Worth

Pricing Your Home Right / Value Theories and Pricing

The correct pricing method is a (CMA) comparison of your home to similar homes which have recently sold and which are currently on the market. If the market is rapidly changing the most valuable sales will be the most recent. Generally, a sale that is aged more than six months is too old to provide a realistic picture of what the current market is doing.

Comparable homes are chosen using a number of criteria:

  • Proximity to your house
  • Size - the square footage should not be more or less than 15 percent of the size of your house's size
  • Age - the age of the comparables should be as close to the age of your house as possible
  • Basic appeal to a market - number of bedrooms and baths, number of stories, and the garage size should be similar
  • Amenities - these are costly extras such as a pool, hot tub, and recent major renovations
  • Normal sales conditions

After the comparable homes are selected, values are adjusted. This is done to make the homes as much like the subject as possible.

Pricing your property is a science and an art. When you price in line with recently sold data, you have clear information that shows what homes sell for. This is valuable because your home must appraise for at least what the buyer will borrow against it.

The art of pricing comes in analyzing your competition, assessing the buyer demand, current market conditions, available financing, and the lure of the new home market. Your sales professional compiles and analyzes all of this input in a competitive market analysis (CMA). The goal is finding the right balance between selling and getting the most money.

Value Theories and Pricing

The right list price is a key to the timely selling of your home. Overpricing discourages buyers from looking or making an offer. Your sales professional will prepare a market analysis to help you set the right list price.

Two general theories affect pricing. The first, the Pyramid of Value, says that the number of buyers willing to purchase your property is indirectly related to the price. In other words, the lower the price, the more buyers will be willing to buy. The second is the Time Theory of Value. This says the length of time it takes to sell is directly related to the price. Thus the higher the price, the longer it will take to find a buyer. Your sales professional will be mindful of these rules in relation to your timetable and goals.

An appraisal sets value based on an expert's opinion. The appraiser considers recent sales of properties that are similar to yours. A market analysis will differ from an appraisal. In addition to recent sold properties, it will compare your home to active properties you will be competing against.

While the ultimate goal is to net as much as possible, the price should be in line with active comparable properties and recently sold properties. Ideally your price should be more attractive to a prospective buyer than the competition. Since a buyer will need an appraisal to secure a loan, the property must appraise for the sales price. The lender will not lend if there is a risk that the true value of the property is less than the loan against it.

For assistance with any of your real estate needs, please contact me by email, phone or visit me at my office, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your goals and dreams, or just to ask a question - no pressure, no hassle, no obligation - just a friendly conversation. I would welcome the opportunity to make a difference for you.


Anthony Stokes Pereira
Office: (845) 770-2188
Cell: (845) 538-7021
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