Sheryl: In our case we are retired and own the home. What we get out of this one buys our next one which will be in Vancouver, Wa where we want to go. We don't have to move but would like to. I just don't see any activity going on to indicate that unless you want to give a home away you can sell it.
JR: Hi Sheryl, I hope you don't mind my feedback. Respectfully, I have to comment that I hear the previous 3 comments all the time. I can assure you no one has ever given their home away, unless it was a gift they gave someone, although many people feel like are. Although what you get out of this one buyer the next one, what the next one costs is irrelevant. Today your house is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. You may remember when you house was "worth" much more, but you may be lamenting equity that was never in your possession. I remember when my stock were worth a LOT more than they are today, but I will not be able to make a profit on any of them right now. Do I have to sell them? Thankfully, no. If I HAD to sell them I could only get what the stock was trading at. My listing presentations are 90% educational. Until the seller understands exactly where the market is, we don't talk about what price we should put on the house. Once we get to the pricing part, he seller knows where they have to price to sell, or knows they will have to call a realtor who will is either ignorant and doesn't know the market or will lie to them and put an inflated price on the house. Those 3 comments usually signal to me I have an unmotivated seller who will not price correctly no matter what data I show them.
Sheryl: I see homes all over with 'new price' and still sit there. So that indicates to me as a seller I won't be moving anytime soon, lol. We are up at WIldcat Lake a little further west of Kitsap Lake. Very nice area, less dense, quiet, safe just a few bears and critters.We did have an interested buyer, we had them crawling all over our home with their contractor son and each time for several hours. They pulled the septic report, talked to my neighbors and said the wished they could buy this without a realtor involved, they asked for copies of our power bills, etc.
JR: Just as there are unmotivated sellers, there are unmotivated buyers. If your home is listed with a realtor there is no reason to have a buyer crawling over your house with a contractor son for several hours more than once. Just the comment "they wished they could buy without a realtor" give me the creeps. How honest is a buyer who wants to scriw someone? You want to deal with someone like that without representation? What do you think they wanted to do to you with all that crawling around and pulling septic reports? They want to find something wrong with your house so they can cut the price further. The sons negativity was also an indication of that. What were you doing hearing this, were you in the house? You should never be in the house when it is shown. Their "buying without a realtor" comment also tells me they can't afford the house without a price reduction. Unfortunately "buyers" like this are all over, especially in second home area, which it sounds like you are in. These are the least motivated buyers because they already live somewhere and don't have to buy.