In buying or selling, the most recent Sold properties (3-4 Months) will show you where similiar (style, location, and amenities) properties comparitively sold. This is the point where Buyers & Sellers have agreed on the value of a house, and sets the current market. In addition, looking at the current "Active" properties on the market, will show you what is available in that price range, and what type of property product you can expect . If there is ample competiion, the property you want to buy or sell has to stand out above the rest. The most prominent item is price. That will create traffic to the property. The property should then be spotless clean, maintained, de-clutter, and ready to move in. That's the property that will have the most demand, and is the best "deal" for buyers!