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"I'm Not Just Going To Give It Away" - Please Banish This Phrase!

Below is a great article providing perspective for home sellers.  A home priced correctly will sell.  If you expect to get a certain amount out of the home sale, you may be setting yourself up for a long time on the market or perhaps no sale at all.  You must decide what is more important:  Cash, or moving forward.

I’m not going to just give it away!  As a full time Maine Realtor® I hear this phrase at times from potential home sellers.  While I certainly understand the sentiment, I would like to suggest that we all simply banish this phrase from our common language.

Not in the habit of giving homes awayI had to chuckle this week as I was having a discussion with my own mother about a potential move and sure enough, she uttered those very words.

Trust me, the buyer obtaining a mortgage that they will be paying on for the next 30 years, does not feel like they have just been given a home. Home prices are not what they were in years past, but that does not mean that realizing full market value on the sale of your home constitutes a freebie for someone else.

Here’s the thing...I’m not suggesting you drop the idea behind the phrase, but let’s go ahead and say what you really mean:

“I want to sell my home for as much money as possible.”

Now on this, we can agree!  I am here to use all of my experience, tools, and resources to help you achieve just that...the successful sale of your home.  By “successful sale” I mean that you net the highest possible return on your investment, with the best possible sale terms, and in the time frame you desire.

I have heard it suggested that Realtors® just want to price it low, sell it quick and collect the commission.  I have personally never seen this in my market.  We Realtors are a competitive bunch...and yes, often prideful.  We pride ourselves on being able to provide our clients with the best possible results.  After all, without great results, who in their right mind would list their home with us?  I’m sure when you started to consider selling your home you didn’t say to yourself, “I’ll just get any agent, I don’t care how good they are.”  Of course not!  You want, and frankly you deserve, the best agent possible.  You want to know that time, energy, and expertise will go into the marketing and sale of your home.

Results!When you and I have a pricing conversation about the market value of your home, remember we are on the same team.  I am here to develop a pricing strategy that will bring you the results you are looking for.  Neither of us can control the market itself, but we can work together to position your home in the market in the best possible fashion and bring you results.  I’m not just looking for plain run of the mill results.  When I list a home for sale, I’m looking for put your hands up in the air, shout it from the roof top results!

I understand that some home sellers may be a bit put off or disappointed with current home values.  However, we also need to discuss the goals you are hoping to achieve with this move. Why do you want to sell?  What will your life look like after the sale?  How much will it cost you to hang on to your home?  We need to analyze both sides of the move you are considering together.  We’ve got some numbers to crunch!  By the time we are done looking at the big picture, you may find that you are not giving it away at all, but gaining so much more by being able to move forward with your plans.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsKathryn Acciari • July 28 2012 09:19AM


"I'm not going to give it away" is often followed by the bank taking it away.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) almost 8 years ago

Great post I too am hearing this phrase more and more by my traditional seller's I handle it the same way as you. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) almost 8 years ago

This is such a good post to re blog.

Have heard this sentence so many times that I sometimes say it first...."Of course you don't want to give your house away."


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 8 years ago

Hi Kathryn.  The "give away" price is fair market value.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 8 years ago

Kathryn  I missed this post - thank you for reblogging.  The homes attached tothat statement stay on the market until the owne gets "real"

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 8 years ago