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Buyers and Sellers Rarely Agree on House for Sale by Owner Prices

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By : John Cutts    99 or more times read
According to real estate market experts, a house for sale by owner or FSBO will sell even in the current condition of the housing market. However, the desired selling price of the owner will likely never be realized. At least, not while the housing market condition is as it is. They have warned sellers to cut their listing prices and even then, not to expect to actually get the listing price.

Recent statistics showed that the tax credit provided by the federal government has helped boost home selling in the U.S. Home sales and residential property values both surged when the tax incentive was introduced. However, whatever improvement the housing market showed during the early part of the year has faltered following the deadline of the tax credit.

High unemployment rates, tighter credit rules and dipping consumer confidence have conspired to hold back the housing industry from achieving any form of serious recovery. Not even record low mortgage rates were able to provide a sustained and significant recovery for the residential property market, analysts have added.

Sales of foreclosed homes and previously occupied houses declined by over 5% in June, while sale of new dwellings recorded the second weakest month to date. With these factors in mind, analysts are warning homeowners who are planning to launch an FSBO or a house for sale by owner not to be overly optimistic when it comes to getting their asking price.

They further added that the majority of economists are predicting a further two to 10% decline in home prices in the coming months, to be followed by a bottoming out of the housing market that will take a long time for the whole country to climb out of. They stated that the bottom will be a long one and will take some time for the industry to scale.

Analysts have stated that most sellers believe that their homes should fetch more in the market and are worth more than the price their real property agents are recommending. On the other hand, buyers believe that a house for sale by owner is often overpriced. In such cases, analysts recommend that sellers first examine their local market thoroughly before deciding on an FSBO.
John Cutts has been educated in the finer points of the foreclosure market over 5 years.

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