Why Buyers Wont Buy Your Home


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Why Buyers Wont Buy Your Home


Written By: PJ Wade
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Theres no list of reasons mdash; no top ten or even top three reasons mdash; why buyers wont buy a specific listed property like your home.

Theres just one reason.

When buyers wont buy listed real estate, or even put in an offer close to asking price, theres just one reason why mdash; its the list price

List price must communicate value and opportunity to buyers for whom the listed real estate represents what they want and need. Individual buyers have individual home-buying wants, needs, and goals which range from solid financial investment to discovering their dream home, or both.

  • When the list price on a specific property communicates value and opportunity to buyers who are ideally suited to recognize high value and great opportunity, these buyers want to act. They are compelled to put in an offer before someone else snaps up their dream home/ideal investment.
  • When list price does not accurately communicate value and opportunity mdash; usually because it is unrealistically high for the current real estate market, location, ownership benefits, and property condition mdash; buyers not only wont make an offer, they may not even want to view the property.

The list which is vital for sellers to consider is the list of reasons why listing price can be a barrier to the successful sale of their real estate. Heres four of many reasons why list price can turn buyers off and leave the unsold real estate sitting on the market:

1. Listing "Home" Not Real Estate: Sellers may start out intent on selling their home. However, they will find the selling process challenging until they realize exactly what they are actually selling. Not their home, but real estate mdash; bricks and mortar, land, and >2. Value vs Cost: Seller improvements do not hold equivalent dollar-value for buyers. For example, a seller who recently paid thousands to modernize windows and replace the roof, may expect list price to reflect this out-of-pocket cost. Some buyers may attribute move-in-ready value to these property improvements, but the actual dollars attached to these seller expenditures may fall short of seller costs.

3. The Market Now: Economics can change quickly. The current real estate market is the one buyers are shopping in. For instance, the higher priced market last year, last month, or even last week means nothing to buyers once economic conditions change. Sellers who hang on to a now-historic selling price that they missed out on and who refuse to adjust to market-dictated price down-grades, can create a listing barrier by sticking with the out-dated higher list price. The listing message may be interpreted as "stubborn seller here," which does not attract buyers. Letting go of missed opportunity can be a challenge for sellers, but this does not help the property "shout" opportunity to buyers.

4. Selling: Only Half The Winning Real Estate Strategy Sellers who expect their real estate win to come exclusively from the sale of their real estate, miss the point of real estate as an investment. The full return from real estate ownership mdash; on top of the benefits gained by living in the property or renting it out mdash; comes from selling the property and putting the earned profit to work either to purchase more real estate or to invest the funds in other ways. Sellers who only spend time and effort on selling, may miss out on even greater returns from putting their sales profits to work. Selling or cashing-in real estate is only half the winning strategy More on this topic in my next column.

Real estate professionals are trained to understand the economic and financial complexities of establishing market value and list price for the real estate held by their clients. Ideally, list price is established by the seller based on information, selling strategy, and market data provided by the listing professional and on seller goals. Select the right professional for the correct expertise to get the list price right.

List price is based on market value which is more accurately represented by a range than an absolute figure. Depending on the marketing strategy that matches seller needs and wants mdash; including seller time constraints and moving criteria mdash; the list price may be set on the optimistic side or with a practical slant.

What value and opportunity will your list price communicate to buyers?

This is the third in our Savvy Seller Series:

  • Five Key Questions For Home Sellers
  • Are You Prepared For Disaster?

To understand more about how buyers view the sales process, read our

Savvy Buyer Series:

  • Buying: From Whose Perspective?
  • Savvy Buyers Search Out Visual Disasters
  • Home Buyer Regrets Are A Reality

For more on PJ Wades views on communication, visit Whats Your Point? blog

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