I did not mean to imply that my listings sell at the average days on the market, they don't or I wouldn't be able to afford being in this business. I only meant that local market statistics help to prepare a seller for what to expect. Last year it was not unusual to sell homes in a matter of days, not so now. Knowing the local market and the market for the appropriate price point helps dramatically in deciding how to market, how to price the home, and what terms to offer. I was merely suggesting to Joan to consider where her market is now. I also use my personal statistics for days on the market, percentage of listings that have sold, and list to sales price ratio when letting sellers know what to expect.
As far as telling a client that I will sell their home in x amount of days, I just can't do that. If I tell someone that I will sell their home in 45 (to use your number) days and I don't get an acceptable offer until the 46th, then I've broken my promise. I don't promise anything that I don't know 100% that I can deliver. I prefer to give an educated estimate based on my past performance and the current market. If you can promise a sale in 45 days or less every time, fantastic, I'd love to know how you do it. (I'm not being facetious, I mean really, call me). What I do promise is the highest level of service available, and the education, knowledge, and performance record to help assure my sellers that they will get the best price and terms in the shortest amount of time possible.
I absolutely agree with you that many agents will take a listing that is overpriced, or even suggest a higher price to "buy" the listing. This has become such a common practice in my market that it is getting more and more difficult to educate sellers about the correct price. With the higher end lake and mountain properties, It's almost counter productive to look too hard at the competition when pricing a home. I try to convince my sellers to look at the home as an appraiser would, sometimes I even bring an appraiser with me to list the property. This has gotten so out of hand that the number one reason that contracts fall apart in our area is that the property didn't appraise. I don't know when agents will realize that we don't set the market, consumers do.
As far as being an "normal" realtor, I've never met one. We're an odd bunch for sure. (Now I'm being facetious)