In many parts of the country, real estate sales and continually increasing prices have been on a six-year romp. With sellers firmly planted in the driver’s seat, a significant percent of homes have been sold “as-is” with little or no regard for repairs. As we begin seeing shifts in some markets, however, requests for repairs are beginning to reappear like spring flowers after a long winter freeze.
The listing presentation was going well. The sellers loved my approach to property prep. They were pleased with the marketing plan and advertising collateral. Just as I was getting ready to have them sign the listing agreement, they said, “About the price … we want to ‘test the market.'”
With an extreme shortage of housing inventory plaguing many markets across the country, many homeowner wannabes are locked in an epic struggle to purchase a home.
Of all the misconceptions sellers have about the real estate business, the one that strikes me most is the notion that a neighborhood expert is required to sell a home. Based on my experience, going with a neighborhood expert can be more of a hindrance than a benefit.
Having shown thousands of homes as a Realtor, I’ve fielded multitudes of questions from buyers as they’ve walked through various homes. Asking questions is wise — it’s better to get answers up front than discover nasty surprises after escrow closes.