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Stereotyping Sellers-Buyers & Brokers

Hope is an abiding attitude in the real estate business.

Sellers “hope” their house will sell.  They want a quick purchase, at the highest price.  Delayed maintenance shouldn’t impede negotiations and a comparative market analysis doesn’t mean pricing at current market value.  As in”  “I want to net out at this number, can’t or will not lose money, will not cut the grass, paint, or complete any fixes that will help sell my home.”

Buyers “hope” they can buy a home of their dreams, that it’s truly affordable, the school system is perfect, the local park is a few blocks away, and the taxes are “reasonable”.  “I need a seller’s concession to help with closing costs, a fire place, and finished basement.  “If you can’t find that for me Mr. Broker or Agent, I’ll find someone who can.”

Broker’s “hope” their seller understands proper pricing is the number one reason why one home sells more quickly than another similar one down the block.  The CMA, Comparative Market Analysis, pinpoints recently sold properties within a short distance of the one to be sold, adjusts some for positive features like an in ground pool, special or extraordinary interior or exterior features (water front-100 acres included-rentable chalet, and so on) or a negative adjustment for substantial delayed maintenance, mold, no landscaping, buried oil tank, etc..

Broker’s “hope” their buyer clients understand you can really only accomplish two primary goals regarding home ownership within a budget-LOCATION AND PRICE or PRICE AND LOCATION.  Any additional factor like more acreage, great school district, pool, deck, finished basement, wine cellar, high end appliances are a true bonus.

No one should ever lose hope.  But-Sellers and Buyers need to realistically evaluate a broker’s guidance on how best to sell or buy real estate.  This advice isn’t about inflating your broker or agent’s ego.  It’s about your money and how best to use your real estate professional’s years of experience to get what you want.

These buyer/seller/broker hopes are somewhat stereotypical snap shots.  Individual sellers, buyers, and broker/agents vary in great degree.  Putting people in boxes does little to forward the real estate process.

If you, the seller or buyer develop the trust and confidence in your real estate professional, stick with that person and listen critically.  Then, ask the needed questions, get the answers, and get on with moving in a positive direction toward closing.