WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF OVERPRICING YOUR HOME?
When preparing to put your home on the market, the goal is to get the highest price possible. Perhaps you’ve owned your property for decades, perhaps you’ve invested time and money in improvements like interior updates, additions, or landscaping. Presumably, all the care and attention you have shown your home will be rolled into the cost value in your mind. And while this is all completely reasonable, it is advisable to avoid overpricing your home above all else when putting it up for sale. The risk of overpricing your home can cost you a sale at the top of the market if a motivated buyer is discouraged from making an offer due to a disparity in the list price and the true market value of the home.
BEST PRICING STRATEGY IN FAVOUR OF THE SELLER:
Many home sellers reason that they’d like to set the price barrier high and negotiate down from there, but this can be a dangerous move that could cost you some great sale opportunities. Interest in your home will be at its highest when the property is first released on the market (generally within the first week). Home buyers who are serious purchasers will be ready to pounce on new inventory that is well-priced, which could lead to a swift transaction. If the list price of your home is set too high, home buyers and their agents could be discouraged to view it. Later on, as the home sits on the market, you may be required to reduce the price below value in order to drum up new interest.
We will assist you by combing through other comparable homes on the market in your area to determine the approximate list price. Remember, the value of your home is determined by what the current market will bear; not what you paid for it originally, or how much you’ve invested in updates. Setting a fair price will attract serious buyers, and if you’re lucky, drum up enough interest for multiple offers.