Preparing your home for showings and picking a list price

After a fairly long week, I just needed to grab a bit of a break this weekend. I haven’t been able to crank out a single thought worth recording so I thought I’d share a couple of the best posts that I’ve read this week on other excellent blogs.

Both of these posts are most relevant to home sellers.

Teresa Boardman, “the goddess of blogging” from St. Paul, Minnesota writes an engaging post titled, “Sellers, can we talk?” It recounts her experience in attempting to show a home which has been left in total darkness.I couldn’t help but relate to most of the issues she encounters.Her experience brings home the importance of properly prepping your home for each showing. You’re going to be much better off as a seller if the showing agent can focus on the home, and her client, as opposed to chasing the cat down the street or stumbling around looking for lights.

Read Teresa’s post here.

Doug Quance, of Atlanta, Georgia recounts a rather sad but true story of a stubborn seller who is cheating himself out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in “When do you know the listing price is too high for your home?”Even in a good real estate market, a listing price needs to make sense to prospective buyers. They almost always look at several homes and an overpriced listing serves nobody, except your competition. In a declining market, proper pricing is paramount. If the price is too high to start, it can only look worse as prices decline (not a real concern in the Saskatoon real estate market at this time).

Read Doug’s post here (no longer available).

Teresa and Doug, thanks for letting me lean on you this evening. Nice work with these excellent posts.

Norm Fisher

Royal LePage Vidorra


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