Myth #1: It’s OK to test a high price on your real estate just to see if anyone will buy it at that price.
Truth: If you’re serious about selling your home, don’t play games. In this buyer’s market you have a very small window of opportunity to pull in serious buyers when your home first enters the market. If you play games, like overpricing your home just to test the market, buyers will stay away in droves.
Myth #2: You should price your real estate higher than the market value to allow for room to negotiate.
Truth: No matter what your reasoning or rationale, overpricing your home is never a good idea. When your home is overpriced, very few potential buyers inquire about it or visit it. If no one wants to buy your home, you won’t have anyone to negotiate with.
Myth #3: The appraisal value of your home has no impact on the sales price of your home.
Truth: Lenders consider the value of your home to be the price for which the home is appraised. For example, if you and your buyer have agreed on a sales price of $900,000, but the appraisal comes in at $860,000, the lender considers the value of the home to be $860,000, not $900,000. When this occurs, buyers will often want to renegotiate the sales price of the home to match the appraisal price.
Myth #4: Real estate agents want to price homes high because they’ll make a higher commission.
Truth: If you’ve done the work needed to find a great real estate agent, you should trust him or her to price your home correctly. Because of their experience, real estate agents understand more than anyone else the importance of properly pricing your home. If they’ve incorrectly priced your home, it won’t sell, and the agents earn nothing.
Myth #5: Real estate agents want to price homes low because they’ll sell faster and easier without the agents having to do any work.
Truth: Professional real estate agents know that setting the price too low can be almost as harmful as setting the price too high. Buyers who are looking in a specific price range may not consider your home because of the low price tag. They assume it will not fulfill their needs or worry that there’s something wrong with it.