Sellers are facing pricing obstacles

By Clint FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty

Sellers are facing pricing obstaclesThe local market experienced a record high uptick in August when 36 site-built homes successfully closed escrow. Surprisingly, September then saw sales dip back down to 22 homes sold, very close to a record low. With the market gyrating, sellers with homes on the market keep wondering, “Why isn’t my home being shown and why isn’t it selling?”

Pages of print advertising, frequent open houses, beautiful staging, strategic Internet placement, etc., certainly help with the marketing and presentation, but in the end there is only one factor that sells a home — correct pricing. Sellers face many obstacles in correctly pricing their homes. The sooner sellers can work through these top pricing obstacles, the sooner they will see a sale.

1) Need for a certain amount of cash. Undoubtedly, this is the number one reason mentioned for incorrectly pricing a home. Many sellers state that they need a certain amount of funds if they are to sell. Without that amount, the home just cannot be sold, they claim. Although the need for cash is a legitimate reason, it really has nothing to do with a home’s value or the present market.

2) The shifting market. Many local sellers are frustrated that they still cannot sell their home for what they paid for it just a few years back. While other markets around California have risen significantly, Ridgecrest still remains relatively flat. As a result, some sellers cannot correctly price their home.

3) Fear. Some sellers have an underlying anxiety that selling their home at a true market value price will cause them to lose a significant amount of equity. This fear leads to indecision, which in turn leads to poor choices in pricing.

4) Emotional involvement. Many times sellers are so emotionally involved in the value of their homes that they cannot think objectively. Sellers fail to look at their homes from the viewpoint of the market. “The price is good enough for us, and if someone doesn’t like it…” is a sure sale-killer attitude.

5) Neighbors. Enthusiastic neighbors, though meaning well, can sometimes lead sellers astray with their words of advice. For instance, some can be totally misinformed about the housing market, and yet end up influencing a seller with their opinion of value. Do not fall into this trap! Contact a realtor who can give you a pinpoint market analysis of your home without opinions attached.

6) Overeager agents. There are some realtors who will accept a listing at any price. They unfortunately do not study and know the market, nor do they have the courage to tell the seller the truth. They just want the listing. Possibly, they may take the listing at a high price with the hopes that the seller will later be willing to adjust the price. An overpriced home is a home with few potential buyers and no offers.

Ridgecrest facts as of October 2013

• To date there are 146 homes on the market ranging from $30,900 to $599,000.

• The past three months’ prices-per-square-foot average of sold single-family homes are College Heights $137, NW $100, NE $82, SE $89. SW $76 and RC Heights $96.

• The median home price rose slightly from $157,500 in July to $160,000 in August.

California fast facts

• The California median home price is $441,330.

• The lowest median home prices are Del Norte $100,000 and Ridgecrest $160,000.

• The highest median home price by region is San Mateo $980,000 (Source: C.A.R.)

Need more info on home prices with correctly pricing a home? Call Clint Freeman, at 760-382-1082. For more on the local Ridgecrest market go to

Story First Published: 2013-10-16