The Impact of the New Court Decision on Pricing

The Impact of the New Court Decision on Pricing

Given the current focus on real estate commissions and buyer’s agents, how should I consider these changes when pricing my home for sale?

Understanding the true value of your property has always been a cornerstone of successful selling. However, in the light of the new real estate judgment, pricing your home correctly has become even more nuanced. Historically, listing prices took into account the commissions paid to both the listing and buyer’s agents as part of the overall transaction costs. With potential changes in how some commissions may be structured, sellers might consider these adjustments when determining their listing price.

First, it’s essential to recognize that the commission’s structure can influence the buyer’s ability to purchase. For instance, if buyers are now expected to shoulder their agent’s commission, this could effectively limit their purchasing power, which, in turn, might necessitate a pricing strategy that takes these new buyer constraints into account. Moreover, while it may be tempting to consider a higher listing price presuming that you, as a seller, might not have to pay the buyer’s agent commission, this approach can be shortsighted. A pricing strategy should not solely reflect changes in commission structures but also be grounded in a comprehensive market analysis. This includes an assessment of comparable sales, market demand, and the intrinsic value of the home’s features and location.

In theory, saving on the buyer’s agent commission might seem an effective way to boost your bottom line, but this overlooks a crucial aspect of the sales process—the appraisal.  Appraisers are keen observers of market trends, and they evaluate home values based on recent comparable sales, which include an analysis of the total transaction cost. If comparable sales in the area have typically included a buyer’s agent commission, appraisers may adjust the value they assign to homes where such commissions are not factored into the sale price. This means that by choosing not to absorb the buyer’s agent commission, sellers could face the risk of their property appraising for a lower value, which in turn could affect the actual sale price, potentially negating any anticipated increase in net proceeds.

It is essential to weigh the immediate financial benefits against the potential long-term implications of changing how commissions are handled. A property that’s listed without accounting for a buyer’s agent commission might initially seem more profitable for the seller but could ultimately lead to a lower appraisal value and, consequently, a reduced sale price.

Moreover, there’s the practical consideration of marketability. A home priced without a buyer’s agent commission might be less attractive to prospective buyers who expect this customary cost to be included. This could potentially limit the buyer pool and affect the number of offers received.

In these changing times, a nuanced approach to pricing your home is more critical than ever. A comprehensive pricing strategy, one that goes beyond just the numbers and understands the subtle dynamics of the current market, can make the difference between a home that sells promptly at the right price and one that languishes on the market.

To summarize, the shifting landscape of real estate commissions requires a thoughtful approach to pricing your home. An informed pricing strategy considers not only the seller’s potential net gains but also the home’s market value as determined by appraisers and the expectations of buyers. As you navigate these new waters, I am here to offer the expertise and guidance needed to price your home competitively and effectively. Reach out if you seek a partner in this journey—one who comprehends the intricacies of today’s market and is committed to achieving the best possible outcome for your sale.

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Preparation is Key for Multiple Offers

Preparation is Key for Multiple Offers

Are you still seeing multiple offers on homes these days? 

Believe it or not, yes! Despite higher interest rates, we are still seeing multiple offers, depending on location, condition and price range.  Multiple offers are primarily coming in the under $1,000,000 market.  If your home is in a higher price range, that does not mean that you won’t get an offer, and it doesn’t mean that it won’t be a good offer – but you may only get one, and you may need to wait for it – the market does not always offer instantaneous results.  The market is still strong, just not as crazy as it was a couple of weeks ago –the buyer demand is starting to be satisfied.

Multiple offers, over-asking-price offers and full-price offers are also far more likely in our hottest neighborhoods and historically most popular locations.  Additionally, sellers who have conditioned their home for market, both in staging and making changes to meet current buying trends, are most likely to be those with multiple and/or full price offers.  It is very important, however, to keep in mind that your initial asking price will dictate whether or not you receive a high offer.  If you choose to challenge the market with your asking price, and are at the top of your neighborhood, it’s unlikely your home will be snapped up or will receive an asking price offer – you may need to be patient and wait for a buyer who sees the value as you do.  On the other hand, if you price with last year’s prices, or shoot below market, you are far more likely to spur a bidding war.  Yes, we are selling at premium pricing on premium products, but this typically happens because the asking price feels a little on the low end to buyers to begin with. So my best advice to sellers is to take the time to condition your home to meet market expectations and then price carefully – no one wants to give their home away, but do be careful not to overshoot the market’s historic guidance on pricing.

Buyers – you still have a lot of competition out there.  If you are looking for a historically hot property (based on size, location or price range), you still need to plan to be very aggressive with your offers if you want to win, and make sure you are fully pre-approved!

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If you’re moving across town, from elsewhere in the state, or even relocating
across the country, I can help you find the perfect home! 

Understanding the Home Inspection

Understanding the Home Inspection

We find the inspection process confusing – do we have to fix everything in the inspection report before we close on our home or just the repairs the buyer requested?

The home inspection report is the document from which your buyer works to make their repair requests of you.  Some buyers will ask for everything and others will ask for only those items that they think are important. They may let some things go, for example, if they are planning on renovating an area and anticipate fixing those items as a part of the renovation.

Once you and your buyer agree on a list of repairs, these are memorialized on an addendum.  It is that addendum, called a Change in Terms Addendum (“CTA”), from which you work when completing your repairs. You need not refer to the inspection again unless the CTA references it. You do, however, need to make sure that you do everything on the CTA exactly as specified, so be sure to read it carefully and provide a copy to your contractor(s).  For example, if the CTA says that you will have GFCI outlets installed by a licensed electrician then you need to make sure you hire a licensed electrician, and not your favorite handyman, to make the repair! If the CTA says you must paint to match existing then you need to take a sample of the existing paint to the paint store and color match it – don’t rely on old paint in cans – paint fades with age and it won’t match.  Be very careful to be sure you are complying with the terms of the CTA – if you do not, or if your contractor does not, your closing may be delayed or postponed until the work is done as specified. Along those lines, be sure to review your contactor’s work when complete and make sure that he actually did what you agreed to do on the CTA.  If not, request that he return before it becomes a walk-through issue.

And of course, be sure to get paid receipts from all contractors, or if they have not been paid, notify the closing company so that they can be paid at closing.  All repairs must be paid for before ownership changes hands so be sure to stay on top of your bills, and provide receipts to the buyers agent.