Advice for Sellers: The One Question You Must Ask Your REALTOR®

Reblogger Kathleen Lordbock
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Professionals MN Broker #40288835

Great blog- What will it sell for, not how much do I want or even how much do I need. Overpricing the property from the start even with subsequent price reductions later has been statistically proven to net you a lower price in the end. If you are aware that it will sell for less than you owe , then a short sale will need to be considered or not selling if that is a possiblity.

You will initially get some showings and those buyers will move on to purchase other homes that are priced at or under the market. Other agents will use your property as a comparison to sell other properties that are similar and well priced. The what will it sell for and where should we start need to be close together.

Original content by Peggy Chirico

Advice for Sellers:  The One Question You Must Ask Your REALTOR®

How much will my house sell for?


If you are thinking about putting your home on the market (or maybe you already have your home on the market), there is one question you must ask your REALTOR® or any agents that you are interviewing for the job:


What do you think my home will sell for?


Notice I didn't say,"What should I list my house for?" but "How much will it sell for?"  You will get (hopefully) an honest opinion of the most likely price for your house.  It may not be what you want to hear, but you will be saving yourself a lot of grief and aggravation in the process if you approach it from a realistic viewpoint.    A REALTOR® who knows your market will have a good idea of what you will get for your house, and that's where you should list your house. 


Why? The greatest disservice an agent can do is to lead you with false hope in order to get the listing.  When you price your home over market value, you will not sell it,  you run the risk of having no one look at it, and the listing will expire unsold unless you price it correctly.


"Well," you say, "let's start high and leave room for negotiation."  You won't get to negotiation because you won't have a contract, and you won't have a contract because people won't even look at your house.  It's better to start with a realistic price to get buyers in the door.


"But," you say, "someone can always make an offer and we will consider where to go from there." WRONG! By overpricing your house, buyers are already thinking you are inflexible.  Some may take the bait, but most will move on to something they can afford from the get-go.  In addition, when your home is overpriced, it will stay on the MLS a long time; the longer the time, the more stigma it will amass.  The first thing people will say after seeing that it has been languishing on the market for six months is "What's wrong with the house?"


"We can't afford to sell it for less than this amount," you say, "so we will have to hope that there is someone out there who will pay what we want for this house."  This is so unlikely, but even if one person HAD to have your house and was willing to overpay for it, the house won't appraise and then you will have the appraisal nail in the coffin.  The buyers (who HAD to have it) are now going to renegotiate the contract.


"Well," you say, "if it doesn't sell, we will just take it off the market and try again next year."  If you aren't serious about selling your house this year at the right price, then wait until you are serious about selling your house.  Many of our market areas have high inventories now, and the situation will improve if the non-serious sellers take their homes off the market.


Only you can decide if you are ready to sell, but if you are, price your house to sell.  Find a REALTOR® who knows your area, will give you an honest answer about the market value of your home, and will do everything possible to help you get to the next step in your life.  You will be on your way, sooner rather than later or never.



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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

It all comes down to my 3 Ps...pricing - preparation - promotion. As a real estate agent we really only control the last.  But our advice on the other two is critical!

Oct 22, 2011 03:44 AM #1
Elizabeth Birmingham
EB Realty - Grand Junction, CO

Sellers sometime feel that what they want is the price that the house will sell for in the market place. Our job to help them see the light. 

Oct 22, 2011 03:45 AM #2
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Kathleen, I usually give sellers a range to list their home and another range of where I think it will sell. Sometimes they are suprised to hear what is actually going on in their market.

Feb 16, 2012 10:23 AM #3
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Pricing is a delicate issue and needs to be addressed with the facts of the market. Sellers will often still think their house is worth more because they love it more:  


Feb 18, 2012 10:12 PM #4
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

I tell sellers that you can always judge an agent by the way they choose the price, honest or not

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