Spring Cleaning time!

Spring Cleaning Just Ahead Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds, Sun Rays and Sky.

It was almost 60 degrees this past weekend and really started feeling like Spring. I know I just probably jinxed us into another blizzard or two in March and April. Regardless, the weather got me in the mood to do some clean-out in our garage.

While moving some things around and tossing others, it got me thinking that now is the time for agents to start doing “Spring Cleaning” with their current inventory. We all know Spring is when the Buyers come out of hibernation and savvy Sellers want to list. Now is the time to revisit those listings that maybe haven’t moved as quickly as once hoped. Perhaps, the sellers have been “stuck” on a price or maybe the original list price was just too aggressive. What ever the case, if your listing has been on the market for longer than the average days on market for your area, it’s time to rethink your pricing.

TCG DOM Chart

There are thousands of shiny, new listings on the horizon. These listings are going to compete directly with your older listings. Many of the buyers currently in the market are anxiously waiting to see these new listings, even holding off pulling the trigger until they arrive.  Some of them are the same buyers that may have already seen and passed on your listing. The only way to get their attention again is to make a calculated change to your pricing and marketing strategy.

When looking to make a pricing change consider these points…

Be honest…with yourself and your client. If the pricing of the house was off from the beginning, admit it and start fixing the problem.
Be realistic…sometimes real change hurts. Adjusting the price by a couple hundred dollars just to have the listing show up on the hotsheet probably isn’t going to do it. Real change will involve careful thought and meaningful action.
Be in the market, not just on the market. If your listing is priced higher than the immediate competition, it will be passed over. Look at it this way, why would an informed buyer purchase your listing when they can get a very similar home down the street for less? The answer is “they won’t.”
Be willing to seek help. We all like to be the real estate expert. We all like to think we have our finger on the pulse of the market and our pricing is spot on. Well, this goes back to point one. Be honest with yourself…sometimes we need help or a fresh set of eyes to look at the situation. Be willing to get help from another agent, your broker or a real estate appraiser.
Be willing to walk away. Sometimes cutting ties is best for all involved. Maybe your Seller is unwilling to budge on the price or “has to get” a certain number. This is where you have to make a sound business decision. Are you able to help your client to the best of your ability in a situation like this? If not, it’s probably time to step away and direct your talent, effort and energy elsewhere.

The 2016 Spring Selling Season is poised to be pretty significant. Low inventory, low rates and pent up buyer anticipation are going to add up to a hot market. Hopefully, you and your clients can take full advantage of it with adjustments to the pricing of your older inventory.

If we can be of assistance to anyone considering making some changes please feel free to contact our office. We are always helping agents and their clients with Pre-listing and Market Value Appraisals as well as Home Measuring Services.

The Coyle Group’s team of Philadelphia appraisers are a leading provider of appraisals for Estate/Probate, Divorce, Bankruptcy, Tax Appeal and Pre-Listing. If you need a guest speaker at your next sales meeting, please give us a call. We would welcome to opportunity to speak to your group and field any appraisal related questions you may have. For more information please visit our website at www.TheCoyleGroupLLC.com You can also contact The Coyle Group at 215-836-5500 or appraisals@coyleappraisals.com
* Data obtained from TReND MLS. Average Days on Market measured from February 1, 2015 thru February 22, 2016.

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  1. Interesting post. It sounds like you’re in my camp. If a home is priced right, it will sell. That drone video probably won’t help if the price is in the clouds.

    • Thanks for the comments, Gary. Without proper pricing there are going to be a lot of older listings that will get “lost” when the new spring offering start popping up!

  2. Great points- And sometimes it is hard for an agent to be honest- sometimes we get emotionally wrapped up as friends with our clients that we don’t want to hurt any feelings by asking for a price reduction.

    • Thanks for the comments, Mark. I don’t envy agents when they have to tell family members or friends that it’s time to lower the price. That’s why I recommend getting an appraisal. At least the appraiser can be the “bringer of bad news” and the agent can retain their relationship with their client.

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