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Selling Strategies For Today’s Market

Hi folks,

I thought I would discuss possible selling strategies for today’s market, some vendors may find it interesting, but I doubt there will be a lot here they don’t already know. As we know the property market is constantly changing. Sometimes it seems to work in the favour of sellers and sometimes purchasers, there is no doubt that currently it is working for buyers.

In the housing market, the concept of supply and demand, the forces of any marketplace, refers to the ratio of the number of buyers in the market at any given time to the number of houses for sale. In a buyers’ market there are lots of houses for sale competing for a small number of buyers. This means buyers are at an advantage. Properties tend to stay longer on the market, so purchasers have more time to do the research that makes them knowledgeable about exactly what they can get for their money. They have the time and the confidence to try to negotiate hard for a ‘bargain’. In this kind of market, buyers tend to be fussy about standards of maintenance, colour schemes and details that during a sellers’ market they often have to overlook in the race to actually secure a property before the prices rise even higher.

There are two main ways vendors can avoid being stuck with a ‘stale’ property that has been marketed, inspected and left on the shelf.

The first is that attention to presentation and maintenance issues is extremely important as buyers and they will use any perceived flaw as evidence to support lower offers. The second is more important in my opinion. Buyers have time on their side and lots of properties to choose from, vendors should take special care in setting the asking price to that it is competitive rather than off putting. When there are few buyers in the market, vendors can’t afford to hold out for unrealistic prices. The property should be priced to allow a small amount of room for negotiation but not too much or purchasers will simply put it in the too hard basket and move on.

The thing to remember is that most sellers of one property are buyers of another one at the same time, so that in today’s buyers’ market, vendors who feel they miss out on the roundabout of the sale should be able to gain on the swings of the next purchase.

If you are thinking of selling your home, would like an appraisal, or want more information on the Upper Hutt property market please call me on the numbers below or contact me via email alternately fill in your details here on my website.

Kind regards,
Steve Slicker

(04) 212 6787
0275 661 949


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  • Akatarawa
  • Birchville
  • Blue Mountains
  • Brown Owl
  • Clouston Park
  • Ebdentown
  • Elderslea
  • Heretaunga
  • Kaitoke
  • Kingsley Heights
  • Mangaroa
  • Maoribank
  • Maymorn
  • Moonshine Valley
  • Mount Marua
  • Pakuratah
  • Pinehaven
  • Plateau
  • Riverstone Terraces
  • Silverstream
  • Te Marua
  • Timberlea
  • Totara Park
  • Trentham
  • Upper Hutt Central
  • Wallaceville
  • Whitemans Valley