It's simple. Price your home right and it will sell quickly and for full price. Overprice your home, it will take longer to sell and it'll sell for less than full price. In today's hot real estate market, buyers know a good home when they see it because they run out to see everything as soon as it comes up for sale. If it's priced right, a home will attract multiple offers and sell for full price or more. If it doesn't sell quickly, given the shortage of supply, it's clear a house is overpriced and will need a price reduction to attract a buyer.
Two thirds of the sellers got it right during the first quarter of the year and sold their homes quickly and for full price or more. When you price your home, position yourself to be in that two thirds that sells for full price. If you do, you'll end up walking away with more money in your pocket.
What a difference a year makes! Who had any idea a year ago that 1/3 of the Seattle Eastside homes that sold in December, 2012 would sell for over full price? No one anticipated the lack of inventory, the level of competition, and the subsequent increase in prices. The market picked up steam on the eastside as the year progressed. The trend became apparent as each month had buyers clamoring for homes and fewer and fewer coming on the market. The year finished with a fabulous sales record. One third of the homes sold for over full price, 23% sold for full price and 42% below full price.
Market time dropped to record lows as homes were snapped up. The homes that were well priced and in great condition are those that sold for more than full price.
We start out 2013 with these positive trends in the marketplace. Expect it to continue!
In the third quarter of 2012, almost 30% of the homes that sold in the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Issaquah sold for over full price! The demand by buyers for homes and the lack of inventory is creating this huge uptick in competition for a home. When more buyers are competing for the same house, the offers often have to be for more than full price to stand out from the competition. Many homes are now getting multiple offers and many, almost a third, are now selling for more than the asking price.
We've recently sold several listings in which the selling price was over $20,000 more than the asking price! In one instance, the home had come on the market only hours before. The buyers didn't want to take the risk that another offer would be written before the seller had time to respond, so they offered over full price. Another home sold within 48 hours. Three buyers made offers for that home.
As you can see in the above chart, the homes that sell for more than full price, sell for about 3% above the asking price, with the range from just a hair over asking price all the way to 22.5% above the asking price!
Twenty-one percent of the homes sold for full price. This means 51% of the homes on the eastside sold for full price or more!
The homes that sold above full price only lasted on the market, on average,16 days. Homes that sold for full price were on the market for about a month.
But what about the other 49%? (Not to be confused with the 47% that was talked about in the election)
Why did half the homes sell for less than full price if the market is so hot? More than likely, one of these reasons was the cause:
You can't change the location or the fact that there is competition for a particular home. But when selling a home, you need to maximize your buyer attraction by pricing your home well, having it in stellar condition, and presenting it well to the buyers through fabulous marketing.
If you have questions about how to have your home be one of the 51% that sells for full price or more, feel free to contact us!
Yes, yes, yes!
You should put your Eastside-King County house on the market now and I'll tell you why:
First, here are the "market" reasons:
We have one of the lowest number of homes for sale and the highest number of sales in the last 15 years!
In October, the last month in which we have statistics, there were 1,821 homes for sale, which was 45% less than October, 2011! There were 67% fewer homes for sale than in 2008!
October had the most Eastside pending sales (1,202) of any October in the last 15 years! The average number of October sales for the has been 867 home sales, which means this October was 39% higher than the 15 year average!
With these high sales numbers, buyer demand is unusually strong for this time of year.
There are a lot of buyers out there who are jumping on homes to buy the minute they hit the market. We know because that just happened for one of our sellers. The home was gone in a matter of hours.
Because most people don't think it's a good time to put your home on the market, it's exactly the right time to do it. Most sellers will wait until after the first of the year, but there's less competition during the holidays.
Buyers are worried they won't find a good home if they wait too long. Buyers are out there and making offers to buy homes.
Homes are warm and inviting during the holidays. This is the time of year when people feel like "nesting" at home. A cozy home only supports the feeling. The holidays bring rise to all kinds of homey feelings.
Many homes can actually show better during the holidays. Homes are nicely decorated, making the home feel more warm, colorful, and personal.
If you're planning to sell your home in the next 6 months, rethink your plan and consider going on the market during the holidays. Happy Holidays! (And it that doesn't work, then get on the market early in the year!)