As of today in our Daytona Beach Board MLS there are 9246 Active Listings. The buyers are out there, while taking their time and really shopping for their dream homes, sellers are getting impatient, some reducing prices while other's just sit and wait and wait!
You see I am a firm believer NEVER take Overpriced Listings unless you have written a condition to the listing agreement that a market adjustment will take place by __/__/2007. I don't blame you Mr. and Mrs. Seller for the unrealistic prices and unsaleable house. I blame the agent who put you in the mix with the other 9245 listings in the mls today. That's right Mr. and Mrs. Seller, I am the type of agent that if I feel that I cannot market your property effectively, that would be my cue to wish you well and walk away! Keep in mind for every 1 house that closes 32 stay on the market! Let's help your odds and price it accordingly.
Real Estate Professionals do not decide what the current market is, the consumer does with what has sold in the past. Keep in mind most of the real estate buyers need financing, usually an appraisal is required. Pricing it right from the get go will ensure maximum marketing exposure. Remember most Real Estate Professionals do their homework in regards to pricing, condition of the house and the buyer's criteria. If the property does not appraise you risk having the buyer walk away, which may indeed be your only buyer.
We will do our best to protect your investment! We request a copy of customer's driver's license when we show houses and use electronic lock boxes, we can run a report online to see who has been in your house. Protect your valuables, don't leave money, jewelry or any thing of value laying around your house. If a buyer or a realtor should knock on your door, DO NOT LET THEM IN! Have them call me or you call me but do not just let anyone come in!
Buyers are much more educated, 80% of the homebuyers start their search online. Zillow is working against us right now, that is a source where buyer's can see property value. Currently Zillow has our Daytona Beach Area Market valued extremely low in some areas, therefore, please do not take it personally when a low ball offer comes in, I won't! It's an offer, and we will do our best to work with it!
Your house will show better if you are not present. Buyer's will feel more comfortable walking through your house and that way if they have a question their Realtor will contact me and I can get the feedback all in one shot. Keep in mind any information you give to the selling agent or their customer may be held against you when writing an offer.
Don't assume my marketing methods are incorrect! Some of the Real Estate Publications are over 300 pages. Will you be able to find your house easily and quickly? If you can't, how do you expect the potential buyers to? I have a marketing strategy mapped out. Please don't worry, you and I will sit together to determine the best methods. Besides I will need your help, after-all no one knows your house better than you!
Just because your property is on the market, doesn't mean you should start looking at homes, timing is everything. We need to concentrate our efforts on getting your house sold to get you to the next one. So start packing, not only will you be ready for when the house sells but you will de-clutter at the same time. Without the successful closing of your current house buying a new home will only be a pipe dream.
Mr. and Mrs. Seller, please remember we are on the same team! It takes total cooperation and participation to sell houses. Remember if it doesn't sell....nobody wins!