I usually pass on a smart article I have read or a cool tid bit for my blog.This week I am going to write one myself. I feel passionate about the answer to this question. So I am venturing to share.
A graceful market. Webster's definition of the noun grace is "simple elegance or refinement of movement." As a verb "do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's presence". Grace is a word society uses a lot in life moments but do we use it in a sales transaction as big as buying or selling a house? Rarely.
Buyers are savvy. They know what they want, they are willing to wait and they rarely will pay what they perceive to be extra. Seller prices have come back but the market continues to show that inflated prices don't fool anyone.
As a seller your job is to create the perception of value - sometimes that means investing to sell. Sometimes it means cleaning out the house or depersonalizing. This can often be hard and humbling. You love your house. You may have raised a family with all your houses quirks and you may consider them all charming. It's okay. They are charming. Every memory is yours to savor. But your buyer won't be you. They will have different dreams.
As a buyer you are looking for your unique checklist of needs vs wants. You have studied the market on the internet endlessly. You are willing to wait and you are ready to feel important as this purchase for you IS important. You want what you want because this is a new beginning for your life and your family. Each town will offer you something a little different. Each house will satisfy most of your wants and needs but rarely all. You will tirelessly work to find "the one." Remember - when you find IT - the seller has tirelessly prepared for you. They have cleaned and scrubbed and worried waiting for you. Even new construction has been built with care ready for your love. Buyers be glad you are at the end of your work - sellers be glad in the same. But be GRACEFUL with each other. You are both trying to satisfy your journey and relax in the end. Do honor and credit to each other's presence. Work together. Be willing to compromise. Do your due diligence wisely and above all else remember this is easier if both sides exercise elegance and refined movement.
Good luck. A new future awaits! Spring market is an exciting time.
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