What value should I list for?
One of the most important aspects of selling a property is to determine the listing price. Not only does it require a fair appraisal of a property’s market value, but also how long the property should be kept on the market to achieve its listing price.
One of the most important aspects of selling a property is to determine the listing price. Not only does it require a fair appraisal of a property’s market value, but also how long the property should be kept on the market to achieve its listing price. A property is rarely listed below market value but properties are often on the market for an exceptionally long time, usually because the price is too high. So what is the balance between listing price and time that it takes to sell the property? The immediate observation is that a property listed above market value generally takes longer to sell. Being prepared to wait that much longer increases the chance of finding the right buyer prepared to pay the higher price. But, how much above market value is too much, resulting in no buyers coming along that see the same value in the property?
An interesting observation is that the higher the value of the property, the higher the average difference between the listing price and the transaction price. It seems that owners of more expensive properties tend to list their properties for relativity higher market‐related values compared to more affordable properties. This may be due to the higher “penalty” experienced by mid value and low value properties if listed significantly higher than market value. This penalty comes in the form of longer time on market which is the number of months between the listing date and transaction date. Even though there is a sensitivity around the listing price and the time on market of the property, the time between the listing date and transaction date will most likely only be affected if the price is very high relative to the market value of the property. In essence, it has been established that listing a property at prices significantly higher than the fair value may lead to higher waiting periods from the listing date to transaction date. Even though more expensive properties tend to be less sensitive to higher listing prices, it should be cautioned not to list low value properties for much higher than fair value since it could significantly increase the time needed to sell the property, and the property may not even sell. Be realistic and request advice or a valuation, from a property specialist before listing your property.