"Being an educated seller – sans rose-coloured glasses – can make the selling process much more efficient for all involved."
How much is your house really worth?
Everyone knows how much their home is worth. Don’t they?
It’s the conversation that can strike fear into the heart of even the most experienced real estate agent. A person’s home is often his absolute pride and joy. Often it has been home to wonderful family memories or the blood, sweat and tears that were poured into those stunning renovations. Then you throw the ever-discerning buyer into the mix. She has hunted the open-home trail for months, researched her preferred suburbs and compared homes upon homes. Ultimately, it is these people who will determine what your home is really worth.
So when it comes time for an agent to have the price-setting conversation with a seller, the reality of the market conditions can come as, well, a rude shock. It is often the case that the seller is sporting a lovely pair of rose-coloured glasses. What is a castle in his eyes could be – for lack of a better term – a shack in the eyes of the buyer.
When deciding how to price your property, there is often a disparity between what the seller expects and what the market is offering.
Here are a few key tips to help you through the price-setting process:
A good start is an appraisal – an inspection to estimate the sale price of a property. An agent will appraise your property at no charge if you ask.
This is not a “pluck a figure from the air” kind of appraisal. Under the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act, if you request the agent to provide a market appraisal on your home, the agent will provide a comparative market analysis (CMA) or written statement for your property.
The criterion for a CMA is comparing three properties of similar standard and style sold within a five-kilometre radius in the last six months. If an agent is not able to provide a CMA due to lack of comparable sales within your area, he must supply you with a written statement outlining how he arrived at the suggested market price of your home.
From the CMA or written statement, and taking into account the current property market, sellers will have formed a foundation from which to set a realistic selling price for the home.
In any market conditions, establishing a realistic price when selling your home is important, however, it is even more important when there are more sellers than buyers in the marketplace. After all, being an educated seller – sans rose-coloured glasses – can make the selling process much more efficient for all involved.Amanda Haack is events manager journal deputy editor at the Real Estate Institute of Queensland. This article originally appeared on the REIQ blog.