"We're not just giving it away!"


Line Heard Most Frequently in the Real Estate Community -

"We're not just giving it away"


I have no statistics. This is completely unofficial. Just one of those, "if I had a dollar for every time I heard this"... type of thing.


My point is - from everything I've observed - there's really no such thing as giving away real estate.


If a house is very well-priced, and I mean this from the perspective of the careful analysis of a recent market, and not from the homeowner's love of everything turquoise and her extreme reluctance to part with it, then interest will be high.


A buzz will be created and buyers will be coming out of the woodwork to view it and to exercise their option to buy it. Multiple offers will come in; a bidding war will ensue and, before you know it, the sold price will be right back up to where it was always supposed to be.


The same strategy was always employed with short sales and foreclosures. A ridiculously low asking price generated a long list of prospective buyers. By the time you were instructed to deliver your "highest and best" offer, the sale price was not so far from what one could reasonable expect the house to sell for in that market minus the cost of repairs.


Traditionally, my family has greatly anticipated annual super sales. Only crazy, doorbuster pricing for 65" screen T.V.'s with a fancy remote or all-in-one p.c. could compel a middle-aged man with various neck/back/leg complaints to spend a frigid night sleeping outside the local electronics store except for the golden opportunity to walk away with one.


Consider this basic economic concept - a restricted quantity of goods, offered for a song will always amount to a horde of people lined up around the block - many still in their pajamas! At least in real estate, that crowd will push the price up.


Homeowners:  Have no fear! If your house is really that well-priced, you will certainly know it. Demand for your property will be great and you will definitely not have to "give it away" unless, of course, you're inclined to.


The real estate game is played by getting in and out of the market quickly, before hardly anyone even notices you're for sale.  That's why agents push so hard for accurate pricing. You want buyers to chase you and not the other way around!


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Comment balloon 23 commentsJill Sackler • March 05 2018 02:26PM


There is always someoe somewhere that is seeing things that you are doing in today's world

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 1 year ago

Jill, I could not agree more. An overpriced home will sit and usually end up selling for less! Good post.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jill. Love the title and may just have heard this once or twice myself. The post however is smart, sharp and true. Well done.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

William Feela Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty Thanks. Better to get it right from the first. My husband's family is in Melbourne.

Sheila Anderson I appreciate all my readers, of course, but none more than the ones who have been there since the beginning, when my writing was tentative, at best. Wishing you all the best, always.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Hi Jill- very well said!  I've heard that remark and I'm not even an agent. Buyers are more aware of the market trends and even though inventory is low, they will need to the value of what they're purchasing. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago


                               Thank you Jill!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Good morning Jill Sackler ,

I'm so glad Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! You are right on the money....Sellers want buyers to chase them, not the other way around!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 1 year ago

Ah, such good advice. The "give it away" phrase bites sellers in the "you know what." Such silly thinking...

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 1 year ago

You're right, Jill, that IS a commonly-heard statement, and I have heard it from listing agents, too! We all know what happens when a home is priced well for the market...but some sellers don't seem to understand this concept.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

If I had a dollar for every time I heard this....I have three clients I'd like to send this to RIGHT NOW.  Great post.

Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) over 1 year ago

 Oh, yes I have heard that line.  Accompanied by, "but Zillow says..."

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 1 year ago

. . . I think I may have said it!  No, No, Just Kidding.

Surely next time someone says that to me, I will remember to tell them "Have no fear - if your house is that well-priced you will certainly know it."

The line I heard today is that my suggested price was a "fire sale."  It's not - not even close!


Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Oh those "dollar for every time I heard that" comments. We all have them! 

Great post!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 1 year ago

You're right Jill Sackler .  Houses that are priced right will sell.  Overpriced homes languish on the market.  What's the sense?  Your post should open the eyes of some sellers who think they are sitting on gold.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 1 year ago

Kathy Streib Thanks so much for the feature. I'm always humbled when that happens.

Dorie Dillard Given a choice, that's always the best one!

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD It's the curse of the quick offer that makes them question the process.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Jeff Dowler From a different perspective, I've often felt that a lengthy sale has its merits for the homeowner who may be suffering from separation anxiety. A longer transaction may let them process the move mentally.

MaryKay Shumway I figured we had all heard that line before and we could relate.


Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Fred Griffin Interesting twist that I haven't heard but I will be listening from now on...

Margaret Goss Okay, that's also a good one. Lol

Sharon Tara I didn't expect so many people to chime in, "Oh, I hear that all the time." Ubiquitous, isn't it?

Elyse Berman, PA I love this: "Your post should open the eyes of some sellers who think they are sitting on gold." Probably not but one can dream?


Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

Homes that are priced correctly will sell! That's so true!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 1 year ago

Hi Jill Sackler, well priced homes that show well sell fast, overpriced listings will either sit on the market and become stale or see a few price reductions. Great post!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 1 year ago

In the Portland Oregon market if a home in the "under luxury" category it will be under contract within a week, if that long.  We don't give our homes away anymore.

Posted by Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent, Bringing buyers and sellers together! (Compass Realty Solutions) over 1 year ago

Kat Palmiotti Thanks for taking the time to read my post.

Beth Atalay Thanks. I guess it's a process that gradually becomes clear to the homeowner.

Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home That sounds wonderful!

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 1 year ago

you gotta love the little people they truly think everything is or should be free. 

Posted by Charles Stallions Real Estate Services, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc) over 1 year ago

Jill, great post, and when homeowners do not want to take our professional advice, their home will sit on the market much longer than expected! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

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