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Diana Wolz, Home Seller in 80129

Should I underprice my home in the hopes of getting multiple offers?

Asked by Diana Wolz, 80129 Thu Jun 19, 2008

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Good question. Check with your Realtor for advice in your particular market. I don't know your market, so I can't intelligently comment on it. However, in many markets you'll end up with the best price in the shortest amount of time by pricing your house in the lowest quartile of the properties on the market, and no higher than historical comps (in today's market, at least).

So, for example, if there are 8 properties on the market...$400,000, $405,000, $410,000, $412,000, $414,000, $416,000, $418,000, and $420,000...and recently sold houses suggest a comp of around $410,000, you probably should be priced between $405,000 and $409,000. That should sell your home reasonably quickly without leaving much money on the table.

If you underprice your home--in the example above, let's say $395,000--yes, it's likely to sell quickly (in comparison to the others on the market). But even if you get multiple offers, are you leaving money on the table. Let's suppose someone offers nearly full price--$393,000. Someone offers full price--$395,000. And someone actually offers more than full price--$398,000. Great. You've got multiple offers, including at least one above your asking price. Still, you end up with $398,000 when you probably could have gotten $405,000.

Every situation is different, and I've obviously oversimplified here. And it's always a trade-off between rapidity of sale and maximizing your net. But, in general, I wouldn't advise significantly underpricing a property in hopes that multiple offers will end up giving you as much as if you'd priced your property initially.

Hope that helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Fairfax, VA
Diana, frequently this tactic does indeed work wonders. The vast majority of sellers overprice their homes, thinking they will reduce it if does not sell. Unfortunately this leads to further declines as the home is then perceived as "damaged goods" and buyers see long listing times and smell blood.

It's best to underprice, get a lot of action in the critical first 30 days, and then -- give prospective buyers notice that they are in a bidding war with other buyers. It is ironic that underpricing often works best to get the highest final price, but due to market and sales dynamics, it's often works wonders.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 25, 2010
All it comes down to is you want to be the first house sold when you say it's for sale. Two factors will make that happen and they are intrinsically related. The apperance of the property from the curb to the backyard need to show value with the listed price. The deeper the value the more people will come to see it. More people see it chances are increased on more people wanting it and more people wanting it equals more offers. More offers means competition and the opportunity to negotiate to the highest possible price.
It works and has worked for centuries in all kinds of markets. Create noise around the product in the bazar and the excitement will carry a buyer to the heights of deisre.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 20, 2008
Jed Lane; Fog…, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
I agree with Don.

Market positioning is very important in todays market. A sense of value will generate the most interest from the pool of buyers.

Consult with your real estate professional a develop a strategy that will create the excitment and drama that makes your home the best on the market.

More than likely you will have a flock of qualified buyers looking at your home and perhaps one or two who will make an offer almost immediately.

This has been the experience in my market place.

Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 19, 2008
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