Setting the Price on Your Home

Along with location and condition, the pricing of a house is a major component of the reasons why a house will–or will not–sell quickly. Although the pricing should not be dealt with lightly, some sellers have a tendency to put too much emphasis on the price and not enough on the condition, ending up with a house that is overpriced for its current condition and the overall market. Even if you find an unaware buyer that appears willing to pay the high price, when the buyer applies for a mortgage, the chances are good that the lender’s appraisal will force the price back down to market value.

It’s important to get it right the first time

Care and time should be taken when establishing the original listing price for several reasons:

  • A sense of professionalism.
  • If the house is overpriced, it won’t sell. If it doesn’t sell and sits on the market the listing quickly becomes stale.
  • If you overprice the house with the intention of reducing the price later just to “see what the market will bear”, when the price of the house is lowered, it signals to buyers that it was (and still may be) overpriced.
  • If the house is underpriced, it most likely will sell quickly–to the detriment of your net proceeds.

Some factors that affect the price of a home:

  • Location: You can’t get away from this one. If your house is located in a desirable area that is in demand, you will be able to get a higher price than you can for the same house in a less desirable area.
  • Condition: A house that has been better maintained and shows better will always sell for more than one that has had deferred (neglected) maintenance and needs work.
  • Desirable amenities: If a house has amenities that are currently popular in the marketplace, it will bring a higher price.

Methods of setting the price

CMA (Comparable Market Analysis): A comparison of similar properties in the same general area that compares actual sold prices. A Real Estate Agent can generate a CMA for you.