Buyers, Do Not Assume that Every Home You Approach is Overpriced!


Every buyer and agent should read this post.

Via Jane Peters Los Angeles Living, Los Angeles Homes (Westside Brokers):

It is in most people’s nature to look for a deal.  Having lived in the Middle East I am certainly used to offering ridiculous prices straight off the bat, walking away, and waiting for the vendor to come running after me.  If you pay full price there, after walking away, the shop keeper will spend the next half hour rubbing his hands together in glee.

It is not unheard of here now to try and get the price of something lowered, even in major stores, but there is no personal connection by the salesperson with the item being sold in stores. Murphy

Now you go to someone’s home, the most personal of possessions.  You automatically assume that the house is overpriced, even though your agent may tell you that they have looked around at the comps, and it seems to be within range.  You can certainly afford the price listed.  You love the house, but you cannot bring yourself to start with a reasonable offer.

You talk to your agent and tell them what you are willing to pay for the property, which is beyond reasonable.  Your agent advises you that the offer would not be worth the paper upon which it is written, and you are going to insult the Seller.  So you wait.  You come back a few weeks later and decide to make an offer, a little higher than before, but still too low.  This house has been sitting on the market for a while, so you are sure that the Seller is going to be more “reasonable”. They are going to fall over and kiss your feet. But, as happens so many times, Murphy’s Law of Homebuying kicks in. There is another offer being considered, all cash, and much higher than you were going to offer.

Had you made a reasonable offer when you first considered buying, and by “reasonable”, I mean one that would encourage a counter offer, you may have been successful in buying the property you obviously love.   Now, even if they look at your offer, chances are both offers will be bid up close to the asking price.

Los Angeles home sales are turning around and most realtors are professionals who know the market.  If a house is overpriced it will often quickly be dropped down to at or near market price.  At some point you have to realize that there is a value to the home that you cannot go below.

Back to Murphy’s Law of Homebuying.  The minute you want to make an offer on a property, another buyer will come out of the woodwork, especially on a property that has been sitting on the market for a while, and definitely when you have been hanging back.  It never fails. 

Buying or selling real estate in Los Angeles can be an overwhelming process.  Contact Jane Peters, Los Angeles realtor specializing in absentee owners, relocation to los angeles, and those who need that extra attention, in order to make the transaction a smooth, trouble-free, and fun experience.

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About susanmorrison

After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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