By: G. M. Filisko
Published: March 19, 2010
While you'd like to get the best price for your home, consider our six reasons to reduce your home price.
These sixÂ signs may be telling you itâ€™s time to lower your price.
You get the most interest in your home right after you put it on the market because buyers want to catch a great new home before anybody else takes it. If your real estate agent reports there have been fewer buyers calling about and asking to tour your home than there have been for other homes in your area, that may be a sign buyers think itâ€™s overpriced and are waiting for the price to fall before viewing it.
If youâ€™ve had 30 sets of potential buyers come through your home and not a single one has made an offer, something is off. What are other agents telling your agent about your home? An overly high price may be discouraging buyers from making an offer.
Ask your real estate agent about the average number of days it takes to sell a home in your market. If the answer is 30 and youâ€™re pushing 45, your price may be affecting buyer interest. When a home sits on the market, buyers can begin to wonder if thereâ€™s something wrong with it, which can delay a sale even further. At least consider lowering your asking price.
If youâ€™ve got to sell soon because of a job transfer or youâ€™ve already purchased another home, it may be necessary to generate buyer interest by dropping your price so your home is a little lower priced than comparable homes in your area. Remember: Itâ€™s not how much money you need that determines the sale price of your home, itâ€™s how much money a buyer is willing to spend.
Maybe youâ€™re plum out of cash and donâ€™t have the funds to put fresh paint on the walls, clean the carpets, and add curb appeal. But the feedback your agent is reporting from buyers is that your home isnâ€™t asÂ well-appointed as similarly priced homes. When your home has been on the market longer than comparable homes in better condition, itâ€™s time to accept that buyers expect to pay less for a home that doesnâ€™t show as well as others.
If weeks go by with no offers, continue to check out the competition. What have comparable homes sold for and what's still on the market? What new listings have been added since you listed your home for sale? If comparable home sales or new listings show your price is too steep, consider a price reduction.