Are you committed to getting your home sold?

Occassionally we run across home owners that may not be serious about selling their home but have decided that "if I can get my price, I'll sell it." This is all well and good if "my price" is in the ballpark. But if they know that they are seeking an artificially high price with the hopes that someone will take interest, they are simply "testing the market".

Chances are that this will not lead to a positive outcome. Ignoring all the data that is available to the buying public and placing an artifically high price on a home will not get it sold. It will create frustration for the homeowner, waste time for buyers and buyers agents, and put an unnecessary burden and expense on a listing agent.

Often times homeowners who are testing the market with an artifically high price are expecting that at the very least someone will make a lower offer. Don't bet on it! This is bad advice. Because of an artificially high price, you will be competing with better homes that are priced correctly. Buyers will see this and they will simply pass on your home. Because buyers generally search within a price range, if you're not in the proper price range for your condo, you will not be seen by the right group of buyers.

Buyers agents that represent the vast majority of Seattle home buyers work every day in the market and understand house values. If your home is overpriced, the buyers agent will more than likely point this out to their client.

So after "testing" the market, let's just say you've been on the market for 120+ days. Your home now has excessive "days on market" and the buying public will begin to think something is wrong with the home. "If no one else wants it why would I?" Also, agents have seen the home and are more likely to just pass it over and look for newer listings to show their clients. And lastly, you are inviting low-ball offers.

This will not be a positive experience!


We feel so lucky to have found George. When our friends and co-workers found out we were buying our first home, many offered names of other agents they knew and trusted, but we decided right away that George was someone we could trust and stuck with him. And we are very happy we did! I'm not sure the sellers would've accepted our offer if it was anyone else. He was so helpful and knowledgeable - not to mention extremely professional. He never pressured us one way or the other, and he never tried to get us to pay more than we could afford. We love our new house! Thank you so much! ~Zac & Sara, Seattle

George Beasley, Realtor