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How to Handle Asking Sellers to Lower the Price

Getting a Price Drop: How to Have the “Tough Love” Talk with Your Seller

Sometimes in the realty industry, a little tough love is called for. It’s never easy. It’s certainly not fun. But it’s always necessary. How can you get through it without the emotional blowback? We’ve got the real estate selling tips to help you lay on the tough love, and not only survive, but thrive…

How to Help Sellers Get Past Ugly Home Sales Obstacles
Open a sellers’ eyes to listing issues without stumbling clumsily through your explanation or alienating them:

– Seller Has Listed Over CMA
“We began marketing your listing at what the industry refers to as the ‘seller’s price,’ the amount you hoped to get for you home. Following 3 weeks with no offers, it appears the market is not on par with this preliminary pricing. I’ve double-checked our original market analysis, and have a copy for your review, and I’d like to suggest offering your home at a price the market indicates, in this case, $XX.”

– The Price You Put on the Home is Too High
“I am in a position of having to deliver some difficult news. It is one of the toughest parts of my job, but I wouldn’t be providing you the level of service you deserve if I didn’t. My initial price recommendation was based on what you were looking to take away from the home sale, but the market is telling us that pricing is incorrect. I would like to get together with you and discuss price adjustment options.”

– Price is Right, But No Offers
“Homes that linger on the market are either priced to high or in poor shape. Since your home is in excellent condition, I believe the market is telling us we missed the correct price. I suggest we lower your listing price by $XX and see if that nets offers.”

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Our Secrets: Tips You'd Love to Share with Sellers

Our Secrets: Tips You’d Love to Share with Sellers

You know you have some; most agents have at least one: Secrets. The kind you want to share with sellers, but are afraid to. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll look into these secrets, and what may be lost when agents keep them under wraps.

What Secret Real Estate Selling Tips are You Keeping from Sellers?

– It’s not the Lawn Maintenance – Smells Sell.
Or don’t as the case may be. Some agents mow the grass before each showing to appeal to buyers. Closely related to areas of your brain linked with memories and emotion, smells market to buyer nostalgia.

– Staging Isn’t Static.
The staging secret’s out of the bag… but the details are not. Most home buyers (and even some realtors) don’t know elaborate, cozy spaces fare better in the winter, while simpler, sparser décor rules summer.

– Discounted Agent Commissions are No Deal.
Agents proposing discounts typically offer sub-par services. Excellent agents execute fast, flawless transactions that net top dollar, earning every penny.

– The Right Price is Important – But so are Bands.
The need to set the right price is no secret, but staying within ‘bands’ will net more foot traffic and offers. Priced too high? Buyers looking for lower price-points will miss the listing, and those looking for a ‘fancier’ home may be disappointed.

– Black Holes are Real.
And they exist in the real estate market. Sellers who list right before people go out of town for major holidays are often sucked-in.

– Exaggerations Take a Bite Out of Sales.
Sellers overstating a goldfish pond as a waterfront retreat drive off disappointed buyers in droves, extending listing times. Realistically describing features net far better results.

– Huge Price Drops Make Sellers Look Desperate.
Price right from the start. Multiple offers are far better than greedy, unrealistic pricing.

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How to Handle Asking Sellers to Lower the Price

Scripts to Help You Encourage Your Seller to Lower the Asking Price

The Internet Argument
Sellers often say, “But everyone finds their own homes on the Internet these days…” A great theory, but buyers still need an agent to show the home. And when buyer’s agents are pushed into the showing, you can be sure they’ll point out every flaw in the house… potentially some that sellers never knew existed – and that the price is too high. Sellers are, in essence, pushing for every buyer’s agent NOT to sell their home.

That Whole ‘Morality Thing’
Shouldn’t realtors put their clients’ interests first? While the exceptional ones do, in the real world, things often work out differently. Discounted services alienate buyer’s agents. In a perfect world, a good agent should explain up-front how they’re paid: No salary, only a commission if a home is sold.

When sellers also consider agents also don’t: A: Work for free, or B: Like being paid less for the same job (a demotion), that measly 0.5-1% starts looking a bit petty – especially in addition to all the other negative effects of ‘discounted commissions.’ Among top real estate selling tips: Here is where a sit-down with clients and a buyer’s agent contract shine, ensuring all parties understand the situation – and get the services/salary they deserve.

The Illogic of Discounted Services
Good doctors and lawyers don’t discount their rates. They don’t have to. Clients flock to them because of their superior abilities. It is the same for buyers and sellers agents, which each likewise require a specific skillset for success.

Clients should be asking themselves why an agent would discount their services: What aren’t they getting? Experience? Attention? Marketing? Accurate pricing? Each agent has their own way of doing things. We are not lemmings. Lousy agents are easy to identify: They’ll do anything to get a listing.

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How to Handle Asking Sellers to Lower the Price

How to Handle Requests for a Lower Selling Commission

Discount brokers are popping up nationwide, sporting “sell-to-the-commission” tactics. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll take a look into how this concept backfires for all parties, and how to explain to buyers why a fair commission will net a better all-around sales experience.

The Unalienable Truth of a Fair Commission:
Lower Sales Cost + Lower Commission = Shortage of Showings.
This also equates to confusion and frustration for buyers and sellers, who are left on the sidelines. If more buyers/sellers understood the following facets of agent commissions, they would finally understand why ‘you get what you pay for’ when it comes to sales commissions.

The Split:
In the typical 50/50 commission scenario, a 5% split would pay 2.5% each to the buyer’s and seller’s agents. With a discount broker, the buyer’s agent typically ends up shorted, getting 2% to the seller’s 2.5%. With an average home price of $250,000, sellers see that 0.5% saved as an extra $1,250 in-pocket. This miniscule portion, however, points agents representing buyers to other homes not nickel-and-diming agents.

The result? Less showings, with less potential sales. Less competition, with a lower possibility of the coveted ‘bidding war’. A longer time on the market, with buyers wondering what’s wrong with the home. A negative stigma, resulting in a lower purchase price, and lagging sale. It’s the same extended market time that overpricing leads to, which likewise kills the potential to get top dollar.

The Ridiculous Question
Ask your sellers to ask themselves, “Which house do you think a buyer’s agent will want to sell: A competing home willing to pay the typical commission, or a home listed by a ‘discount broker,’ which involves the same work for them, but pays less?”

Delve into the nitty-gritty of this argument in Part-2, exploring what you assume clients know, but often don’t, about commissions, and the real estate selling tips to break it down from Properties Online today.

Make Your Next Open House a “Live” Video Event

Pack hundreds of qualified buyers in the doors without maxing out occupancy levels at your next open house with the latest in real estate selling trends: Live streaming video. Agents are jumping aboard the bandwagon of this latest listing craze – and with good reason. Studies show when a listing has a video attached, interest increases a staggering 403%.

Live On the Scene: Your Local Agent
Real estate agents are increasingly casting themselves as the directors and on-camera hosts of area open house events, touting their latest listings via live streaming and social media platforms such as Facebook Live.

The Grand Trifecta of Benefits
Agents hosting live events earn a hefty payback…

  1. Showcasing the home to a larger pool of potential buyers.
  2. Providing essential information in a convenient format which is of huge value to shoppers.
  3. Leveraging the event to expand their online presence and reputation.

How Does It Work?
Agents hosting live open houses typically guide viewers through the home, accepting questions posted in the ‘comments’ section of the hosting service. Questions are answered live, much like a call-in radio show. After the event, insightful agents review questions and comments, posting necessary information on missed opportunities in a follow-up.

Beyond the Open House
Footage of the event remains available online as long as needed, and can be shared via an endless variety of social media platforms for added exposure. With contact information gathered from each participant, agents are free to follow-up post-event as well. Contact is typically well received, thanks to the unmatched capability of video and live streaming to display your personality and create an immediate personal connection.

Make your next open house a lot more compelling with the latest in real estate selling trends from live streaming to informational and personal promotion videos. Take full advantage of today’s video sales technology with the help of Properties Online today.