Real Estate Matters: New Year’s Resolutions

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FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lose weight, improve finances and exercise more. The top three Real Estate Resolutions are exactly the same.

1. Lose Weight: In other words, some sellers have to cut the fat out of their asking price

  • We all know how hot the market is right? How about this for a startlingly fact.
  • There are over 1,000 properties on the market now that have been for sale for over a year.
  • The average market time for a property is between 70 & 90 days, depending on price range.
  • There are 1,000 sellers who have been on the market four and five times longer than necessary.
  • These sellers need to get skinnier and cut the fat out of their price.
  • Because if a property doesn’t sell, it’s not the buyers fault.

2. Improve Financial Situation

  • 1/3 of the homes that have been on the market for over a year are vacant, which means no rental income and no utility for the owner.
  • This is a major financial mistake.
  • For the non-vacant properties, in spite of the rising market the cost of ownership and maintenance will usually be greater than the appreciation.
  • So selling sooner, is a better financial decision.

3. Exercise (Exercise better judgment)

  • Almost 500 properties have been for sale with the same agent for over a year with the same agent.
  • Many between two and eight years.
  • A good agent will be bugging you to lower the price. If that’s not happening then you may have to become more active and exercise your options.

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