Hey guys, when we're talking to a seller and we're having this conversation about price—because price is the ultimate marketing tool that we have—sometimes it's hard for sellers to understand the relationship between the price and interest rates.
So I wanna give you some scripting and some dialogues along these lines, which is really important. And it's focusing on the difference in affordability for buyers and really how most buyers are payment focused.
So if I'm sitting with a seller, I might say:
"Now you've probably been hearing that the interest rates have been rising. But I wanna relate that to what that means to a buyer for your home. So the beginning of the year, interest rates were pretty much at 60-year lows or around 3% level. And since the beginning of the year, we've really more than doubled. We're now pushing 7% and we're probably gonna be over 7% very soon.
And so here's what...
What is an anchor point? And how can it benefit you when you're talking to sellers about getting their prices down?
Well, an anchor point is a way that we can help sellers recognize where they're at relative to the competition of the market. And what's gonna happen to them if they don't take action.
So let me give you an example:
If you have a seller in a neighborhood and you call them and you say:
"Hey, Mr. And Mrs. Johnson, I was hoping I'd have a conversation with you because I did a little research in the neighborhood, and I know we haven't had the activity that I've been hoping for. And so I'm concerned about getting the house sold. So I did some research. I know, you know, the property over on fourth street. It's been sitting in the market for a hundred days. I know you'd drive by it every day.
"And I did a little research on that one. It looks like they started at $600k and now they're down to $550k,...
How do you normalize a price reduction?
People don't wanna feel like they're the only ones reducing their price. And some sellers may not be in tune with the market like we are. They may be assuming that the market's like it was six months ago. And they're the only person that's not selling right now.
Of course, we know that's not true. We know the market's changing. We know there's more inventory hitting the market than we've seen in a long time. We know interest rates are impacting the marketplace.
So how do we normalize a price reduction?
The way you do it is to show others in your market that are also reducing their price at the same time. So here's how you do it.
When you're talking to a seller, you can say:
"Hey, Mr. And Mrs. Seller, you know, we haven't had a lot of showings and that's probably directly to related to our price. We're seeing more competition. Interest rates are definitely...
Hey guys, now that the market's becoming more competitive, one idea to help your sellers be more competitive is to use the "Buyer Eye Strategy."
What's the "Buyer Eye Strategy?"
When you're sitting with the seller and you've just listed to the property, you might say something like this:
"Hey, Mr. And Mrs. Seller, now that we got the property listed, here's what I'm gonna do when I get back to my office. I'm going to treat you guys as if you were a buyer for a property that's very similar to yours. So here's why I'm doing that:
"I'm gonna set you up an MLS on a search pattern that's gonna include your house, but also any other houses that are listed that are similar. This way, you're gonna see everything in real time, every single listing that's happening. Every price reduction, every pending, every closing that's occurring in your price category. And this will really tune you into the market.
"And if you decide, Hey, look at this as a new...
One thing we should all be aware of right now is that a lot of home sellers are reevaluating their price.
And one thing you should be monitoring in your own market area is the number of price adjustments that are occurring every 24 hours. Maybe on your hot sheet, your MLS data sheet, it's gonna show that number. Keep it a close eye on that, and then think about it with your own sellers.
Here's something that's interesting:
In the last few weeks we've seen 3.5% of all the sellers in America reduced their price.
Now that doesn't sound like a lot. But remember, we're coming off one of the hottest real estate streaks we've ever seen in our market.
But the market's starting to cool when it comes to pricing and people are starting to adjust to get ahead of the market. Typically we don't see price adjustments begin to happen at this level until July or August.
So why are sellers starting to adjust prices much, much earlier than ever before?...
Here's a shocking number:
For every listing in America right now, on average, those sellers, when the listing goes live, are getting 4.8 offers. Let's call it five offers per listing.
It's truly one of the best times in history to put a home on the market, but will this be changing soon?
The answer is yes.
What will change this dynamic is a buyer's ability to afford the house. And what's impacting that right now is interest rates.
Interest rates are rising rapidly, approaching 5% in a lot of markets. And with that, it's pricing a lot of buyers out of the market. And if they're not priced out of the market, it's for them to readjust what they can afford downward. They can't afford that high price because the interest rate won't allow it.
So when we're looking at working with sellers, we need to tell them there's a five alarm fire going on in the real estate industry right now.
And it's interest rates. They're rising so rapidly that...
We are in what we might describe as a normalizing market. What does that mean?
We've been in an abnormal market for several years. Our market's been almost a vertical. We've had double digit appreciation for several years. And this has been a run that we've never seen before.
We're about 12 years into a 7-year cycle. So there's an expectation that we're starting to see the markets shift.
A lot of us are seeing a slowdown of showings and energy. And there's some data that backs this up. Here's some of that data:
New listings in the largest 50 metro markets across the country rose 5.1% last month.
And 17.3% of all listings in the country had a price reduction in the last 30 days.
That's in line with pre-pandemic levels, what you would expect in coming into fall. So that's like 2016-2019 levels. Last year, we didn't see that because the market was straight up. It was on a tear.
But right now sellers are starting to say, "Hey, wait a second....
What are the most expensive per square foot homes in America?
According to a recent study recently done by REALTOR.com San Jose Santa Clara had the most expensive per square foot averages across the country.
Drum roll — $1,500 a square foot, not far behind are San Francisco and Oakland with $1,200 a square foot.
Now what's the least expensive in the country? Least expensive is Decatur, Illinois at $102 and Youngstown, Ohio at $120 a square foot.
There's a big discrepancy between the two.
The reason I bring this up is because we need to know what our average per square foots are in our local market. And it's going to change by subdivision. It's going to change by micro markets. But overall, you need to know what your county averages are and then your subcategories in different market segments. That way you can speak to this as an expert.
The other thing you need to be able to do is bring these into a conversation with buyers and...
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