Please don't be offended by anything I say, I owe you the truth.
Sometimes the truth is painful. But I have always found that it is better to know the truth and to be able to make a fully informed decision based on fact rather than guessing based upon a pretty fairy tale.
I can easily tell you that it is a beautiful sunny day, but if you look outside and see the downpour, not only have I wasted both of our time but I have also insulted your intelligence. I keep this philosophy when pricing a home too. It will not do either of us any good to over price your home and have it sit on the market and then request price reduction after price reduction in order to get it sold.
In the last few years I have had to tell many clients (and some potential clients) "Please don't be offended by anything I say, I owe you the truth"when helping them put their home on the market for sale. While the Northfield MN area has not been hit as hard as some by the changes in the real estate market, we have still seen a reduction in home values, causing some homeowners to be underwater in their homes value.
If you are thinking about selling and looking for an honest evaluation of your homes value call me, but remember "Please don't be offended by anything I say, I owe you the truth."