5 often-heard absurd statements about buying and selling real estate

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I've now been in real estate for over 15 years. It's been an interesting ride -- with the ups and downs of the housing market. Consistently, though, there are several statements that I hear with some regularity. While I've learned to stifle a laugh when I hear them, they continue to amuse me. Here they are. 1. "I'm not going to give my house away." Actually, I get a little irritated when a seller says this to me. When a buyer commits to a sale of over $1 million, in what universe is that considered a “give-away”? Walking out the door and handing over the keys -- now, that is "giving away the house." What the seller wants, needs or would like to get on the sale does not always equate to fair market value. This fact became painfully clear during the last decade when property values were declining.  A home is not worth what sellers have invested in it or what some real estate website suggests. A home is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it and what a ...