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So you want to talk price?

So you want to talk price?


When I first came to real estate I realized very quickly that people have all different ways of pricing a home and I am not even talking about the differences between agents, brokers and appraisers. There are multiple ways to price a home.


Let me share a story about how I flew one Monday to a town in Germany.

English Armorial porcelain


Why was I flying to Germany? I had seen a small advert for an antiques auction and one of the photos showed a large Chinese Export Porcelain Service with a coat of arms on it. I realized there was a chance, if no one else had seen this small advert that I might buy it cheap. Well I saw no one on the plane so my hope rose. But when I walked into the auction room for the public viewing of the items for sale it was crowded with several dealers I knew.


It is illegal to buy something in a group without telling the auctioneer if you plan on reselling it among yourselves later. We all looked at each other and knew this could become expensive. We decided to let the auctioneer know we were going to purchase the service together. But one of the older more experienced dealers said, only on condition we are all in the same ballpark on price. He did not want to give us youngsters a chance to purchase something we usually would not because we valued it less.


So we each went through the service and worked out what we thought it was worth. Then over lunch we all put down what we thought on a piece of paper. Amazingly, all four of us were within a very, very close range. But, it was when we discussed how each of us got there that it became interesting. We all valued the parts of the service differently, some of us did not attribute any value to damaged pieces at all, and there were a lot, but one of the younger dealers knew he could sell those and had reckoned a value to them when the older dealers had not. The more experienced dealer valued the larger pieces like soup tureens and serving pieces more.


The point of the story is that there are lots of ways to find a value for your home. We can analyze data, like Zillow and other automatic valuation services do. We can look at prices per square foot, or price in relation to the appraised value for taxes, we can consider what you paid and study how prices have changed since then. We can look at comparable homes at different distances both for sale and past sales. We can take all these data points and combine them and maybe they will give us an accurate picture of the selling price.


But ultimately our job is to get people to look at your home who can afford it, to consider it as great value over and above any other home they have seen for sale. Some of these buyers may have seen other homes which have sold, but in reality they will be looking at homes which are for sale at the same time as yours.


Pricing a home is one part science, data analysis and one part creativity. We need to see if we can find a spot where there is less competition or where your home will get more views and create more interest.


CompetitionConsider that story above, at auction people often spend more than they intended because of the competition, they get excited and encouraged to pay more because others also value the item they want. We want to create that competition for your home by pricing it where buyers see the value and will decide this is the home they want and they are willing to pay more than the asking price and offer better terms to get it.


It is not a good idea to base the selling price on what you paid, what you need to get, or what you think the house is worth. You always need to remember, this is not about you, but what the buyers think your home is worth.


So let’s get to know what you want and discuss how we can help you achieve your goals in selling your Tredyffrin Easttown and Main Line area home. Contact Nick Vandekar, with Long & Foster Real Estate,, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543 website is We look forward to working with you and making your dance a happy one.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsNick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • September 22 2017 09:55PM
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