Does your seller plan to buy another home? The good news is ...

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I had an interesting conversation with a seller whose home I held open.  Her home has been listed for some time and she has reduced the price but has had no offers and is getting concerned.  She was close to tears today, lamenting that if she can't get enough proceeds from the sale of her house, she won't be able to buy a home in the neighborhood to which she wants to move.

I explained the fallacy in that reasoning, and it is something that most people don't think about.  If the market were on fire and her house would sell for a high price, then the house she wants to buy would also be more expensive. With prices down a bit now, her house will likely sell for less than she had hoped, but the house she wants will also be less expensive to buy.  The ratios between the two are probably close to the same - just in a different bracket.

If you look at it that way, the seller who plans to buy another home isn't really losing anything with the market down, and unless her income dropped dramatically, she will find it easier to qualify for her new purchase because with interest rates and prices both low her payments will take a lower percentage of her income (and her buyers will also find it easier to qualify for a conventional loan on her house.

It's all good.  Attitude is everything!  We can conquer this market - it's all in how you perceive it and how you present it. 

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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Many people are not seeing it that way. And they have to be reminded.
Sep 30, 2007 05:40 PM #1
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

You are right to think about it this way. However, you know what my Seller mentioned which is very true?

A net number on the closing papers on the Sell side makes a lot of difference in making up in the Buying side - spreaded over time (30 yr note)......

Sep 30, 2007 05:47 PM #2
Lola Audu
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This is an excellent way of thinking about it.  In addition, often times, the house a home owner is thinking of purchasing is in a higher price bracket, so the potential savings are even greater.
Oct 31, 2007 10:27 AM #3
Karen Ann Martin
Safe Harbor Realty - Westport, MA
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 I agree,  The lower amount they will receive on the sale of their home is about equal to what they will save when buying. so any time is a good time to sell as long as you will be buying.
Oct 31, 2007 10:41 AM #4
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