What have other homes in your neighborhood sold for recently? How do they compare to yours in terms of size, upkeep, and amenities? If you live in Old Town Alexandria, it’s important to look at what homes have sold for in Old Town Alexandria. If you live in Kingstowne look at sales prices of similar homes in Kingstowne. Also, understand the distinction between sales price and listing price. When looking at comparables, the sales price is what the home actually sold for.
How many other houses are for sale in your area? What condos are for sale in your building? Are you competing against new homes? Are they building a brand new condominium across the street? In this case the listing price is what other people are asking for their homes. I hate to be the one to tell you, but no one cares what you paid for your home. Whether you paid too much or too little, the price is still governed by homes listed for sale now and homes that have sold.
Consider your contingencies.
Do you have special concerns that would affect the price you’ll receive? For example, do you want to be able to move in four months? The more hoops you expect to put your buyer through, the lower price you can expect. This is true for buyers moving to the area to work at the Pentagon or for tech savvy buyers working in Tysons Corner.
Get an appraisal.
For a few hundred dollars, a qualified appraiser can give you an estimate of your home’s value. Your Condo Alexandria REALTOR® can make some recommendations, or if you prefer at no charge we can prepare a comparative market analysis to see what you home might sell for. We’ll take a look at homes that are for sale now and similar homes that have sold recently.
Studies show that homes priced more than 3 percent over the correct price take longer to sell. This is probably even more true now that we are in a buyer’s market.
Know what you’ll take.
In the end, it’s critical to know what price you’ll accept before beginning a negotiation with a buyer.For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.