What to do When Your Home Won’t Sell
Is Now The Time To Sell?
10 Tips To Help Sell Your Home That Won’t Break The Bank
How To Determine Price
Preparing Your Home For Sale
For Sale By Owner Or With Agent?
Must Do Repairs Prior To Sale
Finding Hidden Buyers
Staging Your Home
Making Your Home Irresistible
Negotiating Tips For Sellers
10 Don'ts In Selling Your Home
What is a Short Sale?
Unable To Move Up? Raise The Roof


How to Determine Price

While you probably already have a price-at least an approximate one-in mind for your home, you'll need to do some homework before making the final decision. If you're using an agent, getting the selling price (The listing price means nothing) of comparable homes in your area should be simple. But don't just assume your agent has done the job properly. Look at the comps they present. Are you familiar with those homes? Are they really similar to yours?

Unless you're in a rural neighborhood, are they more than ½ miles from your home? Are you separated from some of them by major dividing lines such as freeways, railroads, industrial or commercial areas? (If so, then those homes probably are not comparable.)

If you are planning to offer your home FSBO (For Sale By Owner), you will have to determine the recent sales prices of homes in your area. Ask your neighbors. Call Realtors® for info on homes they have sold. And there are websites that can provide some help, although not all of the information will be as current as you need.

When comparing your home to those you know have sold, try to be as objective as possible. Of course you think your home is better than most; but it's your home and you're biased. Compare the number of bedrooms, heated square footage, number of baths, overall condition, special features, lot size, etc. Always compare homes that are similar in age. If there is a significant difference, the comparison is not valid. (Use the Homebuying Checklist found in the Buyer's Corner.

It will be helpful to do a square footage comparison of all the comps in your area and then to compare with your home. This will give you a basis to begin your calculations. Then, you can add or subtract for the differences between homes.

Once your comparisons are done, it's time to determine your selling price. Analyze current market conditions. If you are in a buyer's market (lots of unsold homes) you may have to adjust your price downward. And, if you are fortunate to be in a seller's market (little inventory, homes selling fast) you can adjust upward. Realtors® like to remind us that "all real estate is local," and that's true. It doesn't matter what the national trend is if sales are completely different in your specific area.

You also have to understand the difference between price and value. Your price is the amount you place on your property. The value will be determined by the purchaser. It is subjective and is what buyers perceive your home will be worth to them. And the good news is, value can be greatly enhanced. Check out the sections, Staging Your Home, and Making Your Home Irresistible.

When establishing the final price, it's important to be realistic. Don't overprice your home. It will sit on the market unsold until you lower the price, and then potential buyers will wonder if there is something wrong that caused you to have to lower it. If you do your homework and are objective in pricing, you'll be ahead of many other sellers.


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