U.S. News & World Report writer Luke Mullins let me know he’d written an article titled 5 Tips for Selling a House in a Slow Market. It’s a good read, especially for home sellers in Phoenix (and other “slow” markets ”” of which there are many).
Mullins’ five tips are (basically):
1. Make repairs
2. Price appropriately
3. Use an experienced agent
4. Make your home available for showing (a pet peeve)
5. Counter “low ball” offers
Nothing earth-shattering here, but it is all sound advice (read the article for more details).
My only real disagreement with what Mullins writes is in his “Know you agent’s stats” tip. While experience in the market certainly helps, there are specific time frames listed in the article that may or may not be appropriate for every situation. A blanket statement such as “It’s best to choose an agent whose properties sell in an average of three or four months, a time frame that indicates the agent understands how to price the market” isn’t always going to be correct.
If you are trying to do a short sale for example, picking an agent that has a low days on market stat but no experience in short sales is a big mistake.
If you are selling a luxury home in Phoenix, where time on market is typically many, many months, finding someone whose properties sell in 3 or 4 months likely won’t help. Reality is, it will probably hurt.
Agents tend to specialize ”” in location, price range, style, niche market or some combination. It’s an over-generalization to say, “An agent whose average is X months is too long”. To regurgitate an oft-overused (but accurate) term, all real estate is local. Sometimes down to the subdivision.
I’ve said it before, but homes are still being bought and sold every day. Sure, the numbers are lower, but if you need to sell, applying these general tips can clearly help. Yes, Phoenix is in a “buyer’s market”, but that doesn’t mean a home can’t be sold. After all, for every home bought, by definition one is sold”¦.