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First Steps To Home Selling Journey - by FARZAD ALAVI -DRE# 02160403 - Irvine, California

Understanding Location and Valuation

“But You Gotta Know the Territory” - and Terminology




In the realm of real estate, the mantra “Location! Location! Location!” holds paramount importance, shaping property pricing significantly. Whether you’re a novice or experienced seller, grasping the factors influencing a home’s price is essential.

Determining the right price for your home isn’t a straightforward mathematical equation; it involves a multitude of elements. Throughout this chapter, you’ll encounter examples of similar houses selling at vastly different prices, highlighting the reasons behind these disparities. Recognizing that a calculated home value may not align with your perceived worth helps avoid the pitfall of overpricing, a common trap that hampers sales.

Understanding key real estate terms like market value, appraisal value, and assessed value is crucial. Market value signifies the probable price a property could fetch in a competitive market. Appraisal value, determined by professionals, plays a pivotal role in loan underwriting and lending decisions. Assessed value, designated by local or state authorities, serves as the basis for property tax, often differing from market or appraisal values.




WHAT IS YOUR HOME WORTH?

Embarking on the home-selling journey requires a grasp of value, worth, and price distinctions. Various methods contribute to a home’s valuation.


ONLINE HOME VALUATION

Online tools offer basic estimates based on recent sales data, yet they lack nuance. Relying solely on these tools might lead to inaccuracies. For instance, a home appraised at $275,000 in 2015 received a valuation of $158,000 in 2017 due to limited local data, showcasing the tool’s limitations.


EXAMPLES OF DIFFERING HOME VALUATIONS

Discrepancies between online valuations, appraised values, and tax assessments underscore the complexity. Online valuations often overlook property condition and neighborhood nuances, impacting accuracy.



PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL

Real estate appraisal involves meticulous evaluation, considering factors like dwelling type, features, improvements, comparable sales, location, age, size, and condition. A professional appraiser, knowledgeable about the region, ensures a well-informed assessment.


COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS BY A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

This analysis, provided by experienced real estate agents, offers a comprehensive view of local sales and competition, aiding sellers in setting realistic prices. Collaborating with a professional ensures a strategic approach to pricing in a competitive market.




THE SECOND STEP

Navigating the Selling Process: Preparation, Patience, and Professional Assistance

Setting a home’s value involves uncertainty, with disparities between assessed, listing, and sale prices. Sellers play a pivotal role in the process, requiring dedication, preparation, and adaptability.


LIVING IN A FISHBOWL

Selling a home demands constant readiness for showings, requiring sellers to maintain pristine conditions. Unanticipated calls, updates, repairs, and photography sessions are routine, necessitating flexibility.


CHILDREN (AND PETS)

SHOULD BE UNSEEN, UNHEARD

Children and pets are distractions for potential buyers, affecting their experience of your home. You should plan for your children to be elsewhere and your pets crated or leashed, and no toys lying about or dog hair on the sofa. The dishes should always be done and the kitchen sparkling.


The pressure of showing to everyone even mildly interested in looking (not necessarily buying) may come from the idea that the more your home is seen, the more quickly and easily your home will sell. Many real estate agents provide their clients with dozens of homes to consider without a clear picture of what the buyer wants. Low-interest traffic can be heavy and a burden on the seller's time, energy, and resources.


Since a showing can take an hour or even hours out of your day, finding an interested buyer is what matters most. The home will be shown to many more uninterested buyers than interested buyers. How many times will you have to show your home? In an ideal world, your property would be shown to serious buyers only. However, many "Sunday afternoon window shoppers" exist in the real estate business.


'That said, you shouldn't waste your time trying to appeal to uninterested buyers. This is where planning, organizing, and the professional help of a qualified real estate agent enables you to handle even the most intimidating tasks without wasting efforts.



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