Is spending $300 worth the difference of selling or not selling your home?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

Costco Air ConditionerI've come to the conclusion that I may have to answer this for some of my clients, but others don't see the problem. Many sellers would jump at the chance to sell their home to a buyer if they brought an offer in for only $400 less than asking price. Some would even willing to go as far as $5,000 to $10,000 below asking price to sell their home.

So, why is it when you ask them to spend $299.00 to sell their home quicker they say no? How is this possible? Am I not explaining myself clearly? Do you want your home to sell or do you want to have it sit on the market for another six months until it cools off outside?

What am I getting at? Well, when it is 75 degrees outside and your house sits at 92 degrees inside, then it is very hard to convince people that if the temperature reaches 90 degrees outside that it will get cooler inside your house. Now, some homes just can't take an air conditioner well, even a window unit. But now Costco and other stores sell a unit that just plugs in to the wall and has a pipe that fits out the window for $299.00 and can keep your house cool during those summer showings.

People looking during the summer are not looking to buy a home that is hot, even on the coolest days. They want a home that is move in ready and is comfortable to them in style and livability, and being cool can be considered livability. So, if your home is sitting at 92 degrees today, while it is cooler outside, may I suggest you spend the $400 to get your home sold quicker, or you can wait until fall and watch the price of your home drop as well.

For more information on selling your home quickly and for top dollar, please give me a call. I would love to give you some ideas on how to market your home to help you get everything it is worth. 




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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Todd~ Are you listing and selling alot of homes that don't have central heat and air? Is this unit something you can leave on all of the time?   

Jun 22, 2008 04:10 AM #1
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Wow! I guess I really didn't know that such an effective and attractive unit could be purchased so cheaply. Thanks for sharing the tip.

Jun 22, 2008 04:10 AM #2
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

It was 114 degrees here today.  My husband's air in his car just blew out - do you think he could plug one of those into his cig lighter?  :)

Jun 22, 2008 06:00 PM #3
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

TODD - It comes down to this...sellers need to cater to the buyers' needs, not their own.  Just because they can tolerate extreme heat, doesn't mean that others will even entertain the idea.  Even though it is an inexpensive fix, buyers will be annoyed at having to add A/C to a home.

Jun 22, 2008 11:02 PM #4
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Cool, I mean way cool, we haven't had and don't get that much hot weather here in NW Washington, but something to keep in mind, thanks

Jun 23, 2008 01:23 PM #5
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