This time of year always reminds me to reflect on those that mean so much to me; my family, friends, colleagues and clients!
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very happy Holiday season and encourage you all to find the time to enjoy with those you love most. Make cherished memories to last a lifetime. Lastly, please consider those less fortunate during this time of year, whether it be a small gift or time spent volunteering – for someone who has nothing or no none it can mean so much!
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I see this all too frequently in my market area. The same house listed on the market for long periods of time, off and on again with a different Real Estate Agency, at the same or almost the same asking price as the Agency that had it listed before. I call this the “Magic Ball Effect”; “the magic ball, goes round and round”…. This leaves Seller’s wondering what is wrong, is it my house?; is it the Realtor?, etc. But even more troubling is that is leaves potential Buyer’s wondering “what is wrong with the house if it hasn’t sold by now, must be something serious” and potentially, these Buyer’s will never go look at your house.
I will explain why I believe this happens shortly, but first let me explain how the large majority of today’s typical home buyers locate their potential new home…..the Internet. Everything a Buyer needs to know can be found online; The actual home listing, tax records, deeds, liens, prior sales, renovation and permitting information, how much similar properties have sold for, etc., and they can located this all for free before even contacting a Realtor. Only 10-15 years ago a potential Buyer had to contact a Realtor to help them find listings….this is no longer the case. So what does this all mean? It means that most of the time the Realtor doesn’t have a buyer already lined up in their pocket looking to buy your house. It means the Realtor is hoping a serious buyer will see your house online and contact them to view it. So, now you know how the majority of Buyer’s navigate the real estate market today. Those same Buyer’s also know that your home has been bouncing from Realtor to Realtor with little or no reduction in price…..and they aren’t biting.
So now, how do we fix this problem? Nine out of ten times the original problem is pricing. We love our home…we think OUR home is the BEST home on the block….much better than Fred’s next door. I have new purple shag carpeting….I LOVE purple…and shag….who doesn’t? You need to ask yourself “do I really want to sell my home or am I just testing the market?”. If you really want to sell your home then let your realtor (preferably me) do an accurate Market Analysis. Separate your feelings from the equation; you may have spent money on improvements on flooring, cabinets, paint, etc. and those can add value, but not always “dollar for dollar”. Listen to your Realtor (again, preferably me) and try to come to a compromise on pricing….everyone involved on the selling side of the table wants to get the most money possible for the house. Don’t fall into the “magic ball” trap because more often than not in the end the house ends up selling for less than you could have sold it for originally if it was listed at a more realistic price from the beginning. Call me anytime for a complimentary accurate market analysis on your home!
Happy Selling…..Debbie 🙂
If you are even remotely thinking of selling, there is no better time than the present. Interest rates are still relatively low and there is a shortage of listings on the market in Southern York County. The buyer’s are out, despite the weather, and the supply of available homes on the market is historically low. All the economic indicators are pointing towards another possible interest rate hike. When rates go up, buying power decreases, see below:
When a Consumer’s buying power decreases due to higher mortgage rates, some are less likely to buy a house and as a result home values can decrease due to the drop in demand. So, for the moment the housing inventory in Southern York County is slim and interest rates are still historically low, but with the possibility of continued rate increases in the not so distant future things could change dramatically. I am always willing to answer any questions you may have regarding buying or selling and will be more than happy to provide you with a complimentary Market Analysis on your home.
And remember, nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX! Debbie Morse, 207-451-3016
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Just as suspected, the numbers are terrific! Have a look and see how the State of Maine did as a whole as well as each County individually. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!