It can be very frustrating trying to sell your home for what you "need" vs what the market thinks it is worth. I agree with the earlier posts, ask your agent for advice. ask your agent why she/he thinks you have not rcd an offer yet.
there are some basic criteria to maximize exposure your agent should be doing- internet ads (Zillow, trulia, craigslist, mls, postlets, etc etc) with as many photos as possible. that is great that she/he is doing open houses - more exposure.
then basic marketing efforts for you - make sure the house is spotless, remove personal property as much as possible, house should be available for all showings (even short notice).
other than that, it is going to be an issue with is the house priced right for the market?... more
It's true that there are peaks and valleys in the real estate market but the buyer's needs know no season.....By narrowing you home's availability, you could be eliminating future buyers and delaying its sale.
That's a great question, because you are getting a number of responses. Overall or generally speaking buyers are wanting a good neighborhood feel, surrounded by homes with like home values or greater and every home showing pride in ownership that is nearby them. Being on a busy street can detrimental. Newer homes are usually in a subdivision with wider streets, homes tend to have like home values, perhaps a little more stable at least in the minds of buyers. If you are priced too high you will tend to drive potential home buyers to those newer homes, though they may have less square footage, but more likely to have a one or two car attached garage, vs a detached garage.
Every buyer is different and there are some home buyers that appreciate the character of the older homes, Home buyers never want to "overpay" for a home and especially in this slower "buyers market". They will compare what their money will buy, try to stay within their comfort zones, they will usually try to get a home that fits comfortable, certainly not too small, but not always the very largest either (they think about heating/cooling bills), but they also usually want to try to grow into the home a little bit (unless they are downsizing). And with all of that said they will perhaps give up a basement for an attached garage, they will give up space for "move in ready", If their are young children or one on the way, they will want bedrooms to be near the master bedroom.
Every house is different and unique and buyers are too! There is nothing 100% written in stone, and of course your question is meant to get different answers or opinions. I would say the one thing that I mentioned above "Buyers never want to overpay" is the one thing that really doesn't change, but when the market is red hot and home prices are going up very very quickly, they are certainly willing to drive up home prices as needed to meet market demand, and get the right home for themselves, especially when the asking price seems more fair than other listings they have reviewed and rejected.
I hope all goes well with your sale and your next home search.... more