Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. The weather here was wonderful. The Wrightsville Beach Holiday Floatilla was amazing as always and the Christmas Season is definintely in full swing! A special shout out to our friend and client, Mark Dillon for his Top Gun entry in the Flotilla. He won in his category for boats over 22ft. Congratulations Mark and crew!
If you are considering the sale of your home, then the following article from Realty Times is a must read. Selling your home for top dollar and in the shortest period of time is not always easy if you miss the market. This article will give you some good guidelines for home sale success.
A Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) can tell you what buyers recently paid for homes similar to yours, but that's not all you need to know to choose the right listing price. You need to know the market's appetite for your home, and that can only come from an overview of your community's current market conditions.
Market conditions are like a weather report; it helps you predict what the current crop of buyers will do. Using this knowledge, you can price your home to sell quickly, and for the most money possible.
Why is a quick sale important? The right price generates a bumper crop of buyers. If you price your home too high compared to other similar homes, you'll appear to be testing the market. Buyers will assume that you're going to be difficult in negotiations.
Here's what you need to know - what kind of market are you in? Market conditions are formed by buyers attitudes, made sunny or cloudy by jobs, incomes, mortgage interest rates, and overall consumer confidence.
It's possible that your community could have buyer's and seller's markets simultaneously. For example, your neighborhood may be hot, while the subdivision a mile away is stone cold.
A Seller's Market is characterized by confident buyers, short "days on the market" and low inventory levels of less than six months on hand. This usually results in high prices.
A Buyer's Market is characterized by longer "days on the market" and high inventory levels of seven months' supply or more. To get buyers to come in from out of the storm, sellers must offer incentives such as seller paid closing costs or lower prices.
The market conditions will tell you the long and short term trends. If the market is heating up, you can ask a little more for your home. If the market is cooling, you may need to price your home slightly under the market in order to attract more buyers.
One thing you should absolutely not do is ignore market conditions. It's said the market is always right. If you price your home too high, you'll know when you get few to no showings.
That's why it's important to ask your real estate agent for occasional market updates as well as a fresh CMA. You'll get a better idea of what your home will sell for and how long it will take you to sell.
If you would like an idea as to what your home would be worth on the market today, go to the web site, www.WilmingtonHomeValuesOnline.com This website will give you a look at your homes current market value. Unlike Zillow, this information will be accurate and based on the Wilmington home market area. Once you have signed up, it'll also send you a revised analysis monthly.
Have an awesome week and as always, thanks for your continued support and friendship!