TIPS TO HELP SELLERS GET THEIR FULL ASKING PRICE
Selling a property for the full asking price can be challenging, especially within the current market where supply far outweighs demand. Everybody is looking for a bargain which means that sellers are going to have to convince buyers that their home is well worth its asking price.
These days, sellers are not ill-informed. Thanks to internet access and property portals, buyers have access to all sorts of information that they can use against sellers in order to lower the asking price. To negotiate towards achieving your full asking price, you need to be as well researched as buyers are so that you can convince the buyer that your property is indeed worth the full asking price in comparison to what else is available.
Below are some further tips for sellers who want to sell at full value:
1. Don’t give buyers a foothold on which to haggle down your price
To sell for the full asking price, all issues that buyers would have to address themselves once they move in, such as chipped paint, yellowing ceilings and scratched cupboard doors, ought to be addressed before the house goes onto the market. Beyond this, conduct thorough electrical and plumbing inspections prior to the negotiation process, and have all necessary planning approvals and compliance certificates in place so that you can prove that no further work would need to be done on the property after the new buyers move in.
2. Arrange for back-to-back viewings
To give buyers a sense of urgency, arrange for multiple viewing appointments on the same day. This gives buyers the impression that the property is in high demand, which may push up their offer. Apart from this, arranging for multiple viewings close together increases your chance of receiving more than one offer from which to choose. This gives you the confidence to be a little more persistent in terms of your asking price.
3. Don’t be scared to negotiate
Rather than turning down offers right off the bat, engage with the buyer to find out why they are offering less than the full asking price. At best, this conversation can lead to some sort of a compromise where the buyer and the seller meet each other halfway. At worst, the seller discovers a possible reason why buyers aren’t willing to pay the full price and can address the issue to achieve full value when the next buyer comes around.
Partner with an experienced real estate professional who you can trust to negotiate on your behalf. Real estate professionals deal with these kinds of transactions every day, which means that they have mastered the art of price negotiation. They also know local market conditions better than most (if not all) buyers and sellers, which means that they will have the best chances of convincing a buyer that the property is worth what it is being marketing at.