How to Price a Property so it Sells

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As a realtor, you know that property price determines the level of interest in a property you're selling. From the number of showings, to the number and quality of offers, to the way clients rate your services, price is key. Unfortunately, it is also something about which clients have very strong opinions—understandably so. They want a price that nets them the right amount of money, reflects improvements they've made, and captures some of their nostalgia for the home. It is incumbent on you as the real estate agent to walk the difficult line between pleasing the seller and setting a price that reflects true market conditions. This article teaches you how to set a price that reflects real-time, location-specific market realities while still catering to your clients, using Keller Williams real estate agent and ActiveRain owner Ben Kinney's pricing strategy.*

The Problem: Inconsistent pricing strategies

Implementing a fact-based pricing strategy addresses several challenges that realtors face:

  • Realtors list a property at the highest price possible to please the seller
  • Sellers argue that the price is too low (or doesn't reflect the amenities and features)
  • Banks won't loan on a price set higher than the appraised value
The Solution: Ben Kinney's 5-5-5 strategy

A successful pricing strategy is Ben Kinney's 5-5-5. By identifying 5 comparable active properties, 5 comparable pending properties, and 5 comparable sold properties, the pricing will be accurate.

Step One: Pick comparables 
Be sure to pick comparable properties that have the same features, lot size, and square footage, that are located in the same area: 
  • 5 Actives
  • 5 Pendings
  • 5 Solds
Step Two: Bracket the price
  1. Find comps that match the lower price
  2. Find comps that match the higher price
  3. Pick a range inside which you're willing to list the home
  4. Pick a goal price you feel is appropriate
  5. Pick a price that you wouldn't go above
Step Three: Show sellers the bracket during the listings presentation (but not the actual price)

Put the comparable properties in front of the sellers and let them pick the price.



Brivity CMA automates the 5-5-5 strategy, setting up bracketed pricing based on actual active, pending and sold properties, rather than a pre-written price.


If you show them the facts, they can't argue. Facts take emotion out of the discussion. This puts the responsibility on the seller to identify the price.

Why the 5-5-5? What to say to sellers about pricing

Remember, the goal here isn't to tell sellers their home is worth the highest price possible. It's to tell them the truth.

Ben Kinney's Pricing Script

To the seller:

"I'd like to share a strategy that allows both you and me to figure out how to price the property because I need to sell the property three times. Number 1 - I have to sell it once to an agent so they'll show it to their buyers, because 86% of sellers are represented by real estate agents. Number 2 - I have to sell it to the buyer to get them to write an offer. Number 3 -  I need to sell it to the bank, and the bank's appraisers to get them to give a loan on the property.

Since it has to be sold so many times to so many people, you have to use the same data that all those people use when getting a home price. And the appraisers, the banks, the agents, and the buyers use active home listings, pending home listings, sold home listings. This is why we developed the '555' that allows us to accurately price a property by picking out 5 comparable active properties, 5 comparable pending properties, and 5 comparable sold properties. 

These properties together create a bracket. The bracket is the highest price you'd consider selling your home for and how many days on market that that will take. You might be able to price your property 5% higher, but it could then take you a year to do it. Or, the lowest possible price for your home might sell in a day. We need to pick where in the range you'd like your home sold. Does this sound like a good way to price your home?"

By using the 5-5-5 strategy, you use the data to tell the price, which takes the emotion out of the equation and keeps potential sellers from being offended. With 5-5-5, you're using the same method as successful ActiveRain Owner and real estate agent Ben Kinney. This will get you more offers and ultimately allow you to sell more properties.



*Who is Ben Kinney?

Ben Kinney is a nationally-known entrepreneur, professional speaker, trainer, author and real estate agent. He is the author of Soci@l; is listed in The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends Top 100 agents for both total units sold and total sales volume in the nation; and was named "Innovator of the Year" by Inman News. The Ben Kinney Companies includes 1000+ agents in nine Keller Williams brokerages spanning from Bellingham, Washington to Austin, Texas and across the pond to London, England; a collection of real estate-related software companies, including ActiveRain, Kwkly, Brivity and Blossor; and the Ben Kinney Training Organization.


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Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is such valuable information.  Thanks for sharing..

Nov 01, 2018 09:21 AM #182
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

Excellent! This information is spot on.  Thanks for sharing

Nov 01, 2018 01:28 PM #183
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It has worked to list the lowest in the neighborhood. People flock over and seller raise the list price to what seller wants. Then the bidding starts 10-15% over.

Sine summer it does not work. So you make it lower or take it off the market....

Nov 01, 2018 08:26 PM #184
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I don’t ever see this not top listed because it’s so popular and it’s always pertinent information.

Nov 01, 2018 11:44 PM #185
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It has worked to list the lowest in the neighborhood, you’re totally right about that and the range helps people have a more expanded view. Right on, Sam Shueh

Nov 01, 2018 11:45 PM #186
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Good information. How can we see a sample report?

Nov 08, 2018 08:23 AM #187
Adam Feinberg
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

I am always amazed when a listing goes up and I speak to the listing broker- and their price was entirely shooting from the hip. Your post highlights that brokers should have a strategy and data that backs their price. Love it.

Nov 08, 2018 11:54 AM #188
LaShonda Solomon
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Kennesaw, GA
Serving Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Bartow Counties

Great information!  I always provide sellers with a bracket price based on the comp.  I also like the script about selling the home 3 times.  This is so true.  I will definitely be implementing this on my next listing presentation.  

Nov 12, 2018 07:44 AM #189
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Great reminder and information.

Thanks for the post.


Nov 12, 2018 11:59 AM #190
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Timing is everything to avoid the over priced listing with too much wiggle room that pendulums to accepting an offer or a chainsaw size price reduction that swings way way too far the other way. Price it realistically upfront and market full throttle to not linger on the market and develop real estate price tag mold.

Nov 30, 2018 03:57 AM #191
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is such good info for us.  I am bookmarking for us..

Dec 07, 2018 07:40 AM #192
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information.  Don't know why it took me so long to find this blog.

Dec 10, 2018 04:50 AM #193
Taylor Chiu
Chiu Properties LLC - Heber City, UT
Real estate agent / investor in Utah

This is awesome, look forward to using it

Dec 13, 2018 12:47 PM #194
Joshua Lother
Gwen Fowler Real Estate - West Union, SC
Real estate pro serving the Golder Corner

Great info. I've been doing something similar, but with only 3 comps at each point. More will be that much better.

Dec 14, 2018 08:49 AM #195
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the listing strategy. I like the idea of providing a range for listingprice.

Dec 18, 2018 04:18 AM #196
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

I am getting into the mindset of using positioning instead of pricing. It may be symantics but go to a seller and tell them we have to lower the price, versus telling them that we need a re-positioning strategy. 

Dec 18, 2018 04:41 AM #197
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

I like the phrase I have to sell it three times. The rest I already do but now will include this. Tks

Dec 18, 2018 08:05 AM #198
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

One of the few posts I don't mind seeing in the featured list month after month.  

Dec 18, 2018 11:50 AM #199
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!


Great information for us all.  Thanks for posting it.

Jan 03, 2019 07:42 AM #201
Peter Spain
Cancasa - Punta Cana, DR

Excellent information and something that will prove useful as a reference.


Jan 31, 2019 05:49 AM #206
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