• Steve Leaders website of the day. Steve's web site picks mentioned on "Mornings with Steve and Tim."
• General Manager/Program Directors message. Meet Steve Leader and give your feedback.
• Beach Trailer for sale. Our family is selling our vacation property in Emerald Isle, NC
All Things Real
with Bill Sahadi
Saturday Mornings at 10am and Sunday evenings at 8pm
Email Bill Sahadi
of Previous Shows
Things Real Estate.......is Moore County's real estate forum talk show to
provide our homeowners, home sellers, and home buyers valuable information and
tips to maximize their home purchasing, home selling and home enhancing
experience. We want to cut thru the news, and the misperceptions and serve as a
public forum to give each and every listener straight talk and straight
information about our most valuable asset.
(L to R) Danielle Byrd, Director of Sales of the Marriott Residence in Southern Pines and Kit McKinley, President of the Southern Pines Business Association join Bill Sahadi to discuss community networking, special events and benefits of the Southern Pines Business Association and Moo Co.com, the areas interactive search engine for local businesses & services.
Should You Start
Out with a HIGH Listing Price?
By: Bill Sahadi
With the winds of change blowing on real estate market conditions across the
country, our sellers are competing for fewer buyers. In the Moore County area we
have experienced a lot of growth and appreciation over the last 7 years. Against
this backdrop of changing market conditions, it is once again important to
challenge a long-standing "myth" of real estate.
"The initial listing price isn't that important because the price can always be
adjusted down later." Many homeowners believe this. It is a myth. It is not
How does this whole process start?
It all starts with advertising in such mediums as newspapers, on line web sites,
real estate publications and color brochures that do such a valuable job of
getting the wheels in motion. These mediums get the prospective buyer to make
inquiries. These mediums enable prospective buyers to start conversations with
buyer agents. The buyer agents facilitate the purchasing process.
Buyers are now in communication with a buyer agent. A good agent knows the
current inventory and will know of other property that DOES fit their needs.
Those are the properties that buyers look at, and THIS is how most buyers
eventually end up looking at your house, by their use of other agents.
As a result, you need to get other buyer agents interested in your property, and
this is where your listing agent comes in, and why a good listing agent is
extremely important. The listing agent gets buyer agents looking at your
home. Those agents have clients who called in on other properties. They look at
the needs of the client; location, condition, # of bedrooms, square feet, and
other details of the property...
listing agent will also defend the price of your home by supplying sold comps to
the buyer agents to support your price. This goes a long way to educating the
buyer agent and their client. In this manner your listing agent helps to qualify
any offer that comes in. A good buyer agent knows price and can verify that a
home is priced fairly or is overpriced.
If your house is overpriced, agents are going to show similar homes that are
priced more attractively. They may show your home only to drive home their point
of relative value to convince their client that another home is a better buy.
Your listing will get passed over.
pay the MOST attention to new listings.
There are fewer NEW listings than current listings. It is easier to keep an eye
out for what is NEW, compared to the vast number of current listings.
New listings circulate on our "hot" sheet report. Our Multiple Listing service
identifies new listings for us each day. There are office previews and MLS tours
showcase new listings. A lot of attention is focused on what is NEW. With
agents looking at newly listed homes so aggressively, a properly priced home
gets attention quickly. An overpriced home gets passed over.
be thinking, "But I'm willing to negotiate!"
Buyers aren't thinking in advance about how much you are willing to negotiate.
They are comparing your asking price to other asking prices. Additionally, when
your house is new on the market, you may not be willing to negotiate as much as
you will later, once you've realized your error. Keep in mind that statistics
show, quite often, the first offer is the best offer.
So what happens if you overprice in the beginning and get more realistic down
the road? You don't have all those important Buyer Agents looking at your
listing because it is no longer NEW.
reduction later in the listing cycle often gets overlooked. It is just one of
many listings that are now stale and not one of the attention grabbing new
As time passes, you could actually become desperate to sell because you've
accepted a new job or because you have already bought a new home. That is a
recipe for receiving lowball offers, so you could end up selling for less than
if you had priced the home correctly in the first place. Agents know this, but
many sellers still mistakenly believe they should "price it high" because they
can lower the price later, if necessary.
not the best strategy.
If you start out with a high sales price, then drop it later -- your house is
"old news." You will never be able to recapture that flurry of initial activity
with a realistic price. Your house could take longer to sell. If you don’t have
an offer on your home after 12 bona fide showings with ample feedback, you’ve
got a price problem, no matter what the feedback says. So many times the
feedback is more important by what is not said.
you do successfully sell at an above market price to an uninformed buyer, your
buyer will need a mortgage. The mortgage lender requires an appraisal to satisfy
the loan contingency. If comparable sales for the last six months and current
market conditions do not support your sales price, the house won’t appraise.
Your deal falls apart. Of course, you can always attempt to renegotiate the
price, but only if the buyer is willing to listen.
Your house could go "back on the market."
Once your home has fallen out of contract or sits on the market awhile, it is
harder to get a good offer. Potential buyer agents will think you might be
getting desperate, so they will encourage their clients to make lower offers. By
overpricing your home in the beginning, you could actually end up settling for a
lower price than you would have normally received.
less experienced agents might take a listing at any price.
way, they get to make the phone ring and hopefully wind up with clients that
might buy another home that is more fairly priced. If you start out with a sales
price that is too high, there is a strong likelihood you interviewed other
agents. They didn't get the listing, of course. They got "aced out" by someone
telling you what you wanted to hear.
short, you may have ended up with an agent who was good at selling you,
but not good at selling your house.
time you’re in this position, you should seriously consider why one agent’s
suggested list price was lower than the agent who told you what you wanted to
human nature for you to want the highest price for your home. However, when you
choose the agent who promises what you want to hear, it often leads to stress
and frustration. Most of the time, it will take you longer to sell your home,
and you could wind up selling at a lower price instead.
smartest marketing tool you have is your PRICE and you generally have only one
opportunity to capitalize on it.
the Host - Bill Sahadi, CRS
Properties Southern Pines, N.C.
Top 1% of individual producers in Moore County 2006, 2007,
Top 10 volume firm in Moore County 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Involved in over 400 property transactions
Listing agent – The Castle – Aug. 2006 – Sold for
$1,600,000. The first Ch. 15 bankruptcy sale in N.C.
Obtained CRS Designation in 2008
Manage 10 other brokers in office
Published in the N.C. Bar Newsletter, Dec. 06
Published in The Pilot, Southern Pines, N.C.2006, 2007,
Board of Directors – Pinehurst Southern Pines Association
of Realtors 2007, 2008
Member of the Multiple Listing Service Committee 2007,
Past member American Red Cross Board of Directors
Past Chair – Community Services Committee - PSPAAR
Booster Pinecrest Football Team
Habitat for Humanity
1972–1975 Lafayette College – Easton, Pa.§
Writing, Golf, Landscape Design