The Price Is Right…..Or Is It?

shutterstock_147921869When I was a kid I used to love to watch The Price Is Right.  I would watch with anticipation as each player was instructed to “Come On Down” to their spot below the stage and to do their best to guess the price of some electronic, piece of furniture or something fun like a trampoline to get up on that stage and try to win really great things like trips and cars.  And to earn that spot on the stage you had to come the closest to the actual price of the item, without going over.  As long as you were at or below the actual price, you had a chance to win.  Go over the actual price and you would have no chance to win.  When you think about selling real estate, its much like this game. Overprice your property and you are automatically a loser, because few, if any buyers will be interested.  Also like the game show, if you price the property too low, you will most likely have a quick sale (still in the game), but how much money did you fail to put in your pocket? So that’s not a real win. How can you be sure to achieve the best price for your property? Just like the best part of the game show, a little healthy competition of course.

Recently we had a client who wanted to sell her home.  She had recently inherited a home and had decided it was time to put her previous home on the market.  She contacted our team and we met with her to discuss her goals and what she would like to achieve for her property.  There were some unique things about the home with the first being location.  It offered close proximity to the downtown area and was in a highly sought after school district.  It was on a supersized lot and the property perimeter was flourishing with shrubs and hedges, giving it that very private feel.  But it was also an older home, and needed some updating. She said she didn’t want to take the chance of under-pricing the property and wanted to use the online bidding method to allow competition to determine the highest price achievable.

After a full-blown marketing campaign that lasted approximately 30 days, our team had generated 14 potential buyers for the home.  The online bidding opened for 48 hours and the first bid was placed within the first 10 minutes.  Bidding was consistent throughout the 48 hours with the high bidder keeping two other bidders at bay to win the property.  And what were the results? The high bid exceeded both the seller’s and our expectations.  It achieved 66% more than the offer she had initially received from a friend of the family before listing it and it achieved 13% more than tax value.  We had a very happy client and a happy buyer.

So don’t spend time fretting about determining the right price for your property.  Let one of our team members “Come On Down” and meet with you to discuss how online bidding for your property can achieve these same results.  And when you have successfully sold your property for top dollar, you will be sure The Price is Right!

Motivated Seller or Unrealistic Property Owner – Which Are You?

shutterstock_306456218When meeting with potential sellers, it is very easy for the real estate professional to land into the slippery slope of identifying their client’s motivation.  Are they truly interested in selling or are they unrealistic in their expectations?  Sometimes that difference is not as easy to detect as you might think.  Let’s take a look at what I mean.

Mr. & Mrs. Jones are ready to sell their home in Atlanta and retire to Florida.  They know the real estate market is still slowly recovering from the economic downturn, but the timing is right and they are ready to start the next phase of their lives.  When meeting with them to discuss the potential sale we provide them with comparable sales of similar homes in their particular neighborhood and surrounding areas. They take this information and use it, along with our recommendations, to decide if they will be happy with a similar outcome for their property to meet their desired goal.  They decide the price range is acceptable and allow us to move forward with an online bidding event for their property.  In the meantime, they use the expected sales price information to start planning for their new home purchase in Florida.  Mr. & Mrs. Jones are motivated sellers.

Mrs. Smith is also ready to sell her home in Atlanta.  She is downsizing and moving closer to one of her children.  The main goal of selling her home is to start her estate planning.  She has four children and wants to be able to leave each of them a certain sum of money.  We present her with the same comparable sale information in order for her to anticipate an expected sale price.  She reviews the information, but the sales history does not meet her expectations of the funds she needs for her estate planning.  She is adamant that she will not sell for a penny less than her figure, even if sales history shows that achievement to be unlikely.  Mrs. Smith wants to sell and has a plan to sell, but with wishful thinking.  Mrs. Smith is an unrealistic property owner.

When a property is placed on the market with unrealistic expectations, it might as well not be on the market at all.  Potential buyers will overlook the property, because they have done their homework too, knowing the market value of similar properties.  Hagen Realty Group works hard to assess a seller’s motivation for selling up front to insure their expectations can and will be met, and by doing so buyers can know they are not wasting time when looking at a Hagen Realty Group property.

So if you are ready to make the decision to sell your property, don’t be like Mrs. Smith.  Be like Mr. & Mrs. Jones and be prepared to look at the facts and history to make a logical decision about the sale to insure it becomes a SOLD property!


Marketing Real Estate – Trading The Sign at The Road for The Click of the Mouse

shutterstock_4313011Twenty plus years ago when we started in the real estate auction world, most people, including buyers and sellers, thought this is what made up the marketing campaign for an auction property – pictures, signs, maybe a few brochures, come back in 30 days, put up a tent, sell the property and go home. Fast forward twenty years and the thinking is still the same, except instead of putting up a tent, we put it on the Internet.

So what does a marketing campaign for a real estate auction look like?  If you were to sell your property using the services of Hagen Realty Group, what could you expect? A lot more than a sign at the road.  In today’s world people expect information at their fingertips, at the click of a mouse, because it is there.  Want to know how many miles it is to the moon?  Google it.  Want to know how much Donald Trump is worth?  Google it.  Want to expose real estate to the broadest possible market? Make sure it can be found on Google!

Our staff works diligently to insure that the real estate we are marketing is exposed in multiple ways, on multiple sites and in multiple forms so that when potential buyers are searching, we can be sure our client’s property can be found.  Our marketing program would be considered a high impact and short term campaign that puts many facets of advertising a property together all at one time. We use multiple websites to list the property, typically over 20 different sites, as well as preparing a detailed marketing package that is available on our website providing the details of the property and the terms for bidding.  We utilize social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter, which we have found to be very useful.  So many people turn to social media to find out the news and events in their area, so why not property for sale too?  We also create a video of the property, providing a virtual tour that is available 24/7 for potential buyers.  We post this on our website and YouTube.  It’s like having hundreds and even thousands of people attend an open house for your property and you never have to open the door!

So when we are marketing your property, we are not only highlighting your real estate, but we are creating a buzz in the marketplace about the event of selling your property.  We make it fun, exciting and maybe even a little mysterious. People are intrigued by the unknown, and by advertising the property at an online bidding event with no published asking price, potential buyers become more focused on your property than the others on the market.  And voila, we have been successful in our marketing efforts by creating a demand for your property by more than one buyer.

And isn’t that the goal of selling property?  To obtain the maximum dollar possible.  How can you achieve the maximum dollar if you limit the property to a sign and little else? According to Lewis Carroll “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Hagen Realty Group will make sure we know where you are going and will use more than a sign at the road to get you there!

Not Your Grandparent’s Auction

estate-saleThe word “auction” comes from the Latin word augeō when translated means “I increase”.  Most people would probably be surprised to know that auctions can be traced back as far as 500 B.C. and were commonly used by the Roman Empire to rid the spoils from their most recent conquest.  Auctions were even used during the Civil War to dispose of seized goods.

But the auctions we were taken to as children by our grandparents, those are the auctions we remember.  We remember the estate auction we were forced to attend where they sold every piece of furniture and tupperware of the widow down the street.  We remember the equipment auctions, or the “trader” auctions, where people brought their tractors and lawnmowers to be sold to their neighbors that started in the early morning and lasted all day.  Or even the Friday night auction that also doubled for the weekend social event.  In some parts of our nation, auctions have long been a proud tradition for selling anything of value, including real estate.  But in other areas, auctions were frowned upon as a “last resort” of a desperate seller.

And my, how times have changed.  Technology has brought a whole new dimension to the world of auctions.  With the formation of EBay, auctions are suddenly exciting and cool.  What a fabulous way to sell your item and make sure you get the best price for it by making people compete for it.  And doing it all with the click of a mouse.

Hagen Realty Group takes that very concept, the virtual world of online bidding combined with an experienced marketing team and translates that into selling real estate for the maximum dollar possible, typically in 90 days or less, with the end result being happy sellers and buyers.  And there you have it, the evolution of auctions that even our grandparents would use…….and probably do!

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