Seek a professional opinion when setting the asking price for your home

In the current red-hot housing market, examples of homes selling quickly for the asking price and more are reported daily in the media. Because of that, sellers often expect their home to sell in just a few weeks or even days. When that doesn’t happen, worry and doubt may start to set in.

It’s natural to have an emotional attachment to your home, but this can cloud your objectivity in determining its market value — that is, what someone else will pay for it.

You may have information about what a neighbouring property sold for, but this is of limited use unless you are intimately familiar with the facts and history of that property, inside and out. For example, has there been extensive renovations, past water damage, a new roof, an extra bedroom?

The list price is your decision, but for the reasons just given, it’s wise to seek professional assistance when determining that price.

A registered real estate professional can obtain detailed information about the listing price, selling price and other attributes of the homes that have sold recently in your neighbourhood, as well as what current active properties surrounding you have to offer, and that information can be very useful. More importantly, a professional can help to interpret what all of that information means for you.

The limited interest in your home may be a function of more than just the price. A sales representative can get feedback from those who have viewed the property or their representative. They can help figure out if the price is the real issue, or whether there are other factors, like the décor, the need for repairs, the landscaping, or the age of your home’s major systems, such as the furnace, electrical, plumbing or roof.

A real estate professional is working on your behalf, in your best interests, and wants to help you get top dollar for your home. But, any advice about setting the list price will also reflect your needs and priorities, as communicated by you to your professional.

In short, if your home is unusual in some way or there hasn’t been a lot of sales activity in your area for comparison purposes, it may be wise to talk to a real estate professional about it, and then work with your sales representative to set a listing price that will hopefully be more attractive in the marketplace.

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