Before the torrid real estate market of recent years, a common pricing strategy was to list your home for between 2.5 to 5 percent more than the expected sale price. This way, you would have room to negotiate with the buyer. If you used this approach today, you'd be lucky to receive any offers. Recently, listings that were priced at or under market value received offer--sometimes multiple offers. Over-priced listings sat on the market unsold. One risk of pricing too high for the market is that you won't receive offers. Sellers often find this hard to believe. Why won't buyers just make an offer if they think a listing is priced too high? The answer is two-fold. First of all, if a listing is priced too high in a market where well-priced listings are selling, this may indicate that the seller has unrealistic expectations. Making an offer involves a big emotional commitment and it takes a lot of time. Most buyers don't want to waste their time offering on a listing that's over-priced f...
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