Seller FAQ: If my home sold in a day, was it underpriced?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

If my home sold in a day, was it underpriced?

The answer to this is… depends. It depends upon:

• What are the seller’s goals, needs, timing?

• What is the current market?

• Is the house the only similar home available in the neighborhood?

• Are you positioning the house to deliberately create a bidding war?


The seller is the boss

The listing agent’s goal is to educate the seller on all aspects of the current real estate market so that the seller can make the best decision about where to position (price) the home within the market.

Pricing depends on not only what is happening in the market but also what are the seller’s goals?

For some sellers, time is of the essence and a speedy sale has monetary value for the seller. It might be worth a seller pricing just below the market in order to get an offer quickly.

For other sellers, getting the price they want is more important and are willing to stay on the market longer.

If you received an offer on your home on the first day, would you accept it? Wait for other offers? Reject it outright? It all depends on what your goals are for the sale of your home.


The first offer may not be the best offer

The blanket advice I'd offer for sellers in a fast-paced market is to let the house “season” on the market for a few days.

In the Olympia, WA market, we have a provision in the listing agreement that allows for a seller to review offers on a future date. For example, if the house was listed on June 1st, the seller would review offers on June 5th.

This delay in response has shown to be a very profitable tactic for sellers in my current market. Some benefits of this delay in response include:

• Giving time for more potential buyers to see the home and to submit offers.

• Quelling the anxiety and rush buyers in a fast-moving market are feeling. Why is this important? Because too many buyers get into auction-mode and end up submitting an offer and escalating their offer just because they are in the frenzy of a bidding war. Sometimes these buyers who end up “winning” experience remorse and then back out of the transaction.


Evaluate what is happening in the market

  • How many showings are happening?
  • What is the feedback?
  • What is the competition? How many homes in this price range/location are available for sale?
  • Is the market in a decline or on a rise?
  • Are the marketing, the photos, the description effective?

Every market at any given moment is different, and your Realtor can guide you. For some properties, getting one showing a week is very positive while for other properties, this is disastrous.


Planned multiple offer strategy

Some sellers want to create a bidding war with the thinking that they can get more for their house than if they priced it at fair market value. This strategy definitely has its pros and cons, and those are unique to each seller and each property.

In general and in my experience, most buyers do not want to be involved in a bidding war. In fact, I’ve had some buyers give up in this seller’s market because they don’t want to compete.

Deliberately trying to create a bidding war can backfire for sellers. If buyers don’t want to play the bidding game, the seller may end up with a much lower offer than they had anticipated. It all depends on the property, the market, the buyers and the sellers involved.


Sellers, talk with your Realtor and discuss what the best listing strategy would be for you and the property. One of the many good things about real estate is that there are several ways to reach your goals.

It takes an experienced Realtor on your side who can objectively discuss the best strategies for you so that you are not left asking the question, if my home sold in a day, was it underpriced?

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and Thurston County, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Outstanding blog post! It would be great if you got featured! Your points are so well taken and written!

Wishing you the best!


Jun 20, 2017 10:50 AM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi again Patricia Feager - THANK YOU so much!  I appreciate it!

Jun 20, 2017 10:55 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Francine

Great discussion on a topic that comes up now and then. There can be so many variables, and at least in our particular market lots of properties are selling on Day 1 or 2 and often for over the asking price.


Jun 20, 2017 11:55 AM #3
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Jeff Dowler - sellers now especially in this hot market are questioning it more as they are having great success by getting offers in quickly.  They wonder if they could have gotten even more.

Jun 20, 2017 12:02 PM #4
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Indeed, the same house can have different prices, each one determined by the seller's circumstances.

Jun 20, 2017 06:58 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Boy, that is a question I love to hear. (and often do) If the offer is a full price offer it may be the perfect house for someone at the perfect time. 

I just sold a house in Puyallup where my client got 12 offers in 2 days. She laughed at the original price I put on the house as being too high. The bidding war netted my seller $20k over list.

We price houses to sell and appraise at value Francine Viola 

Jun 23, 2017 04:12 PM #6
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Francine, you've made great points here. There are many variables, and many reasons for selling. In most cases I agree that keeping the house on the market for a bit often results in a higher price, at least in hot sellers' markets.

Jun 24, 2017 09:38 AM #7
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