Vacant home with no mortgage, should you wait to get your asking price?

Overpricing your home can cost you bundles even if the home is paid for. It’s called missed opportunity costs. It’s pretty obvious to all of us that a vacant home for sale with no mortgage will cost us taxes and utilities, but not many people think about the missed opportunities costs.  Here is the scenario….-A seller puts their paid for, vacant, home on the market.-The market value of the home is $475,000.-The seller thinks since the home is paid for they can over price the home and wait for an offer, thinking they are in a good negotiating position.-Seller has an asking price of $510,000-The seller has purchased and has a mortgage on a new home. Here is the problem with this scenario. The seller still has taxes they have pay on that vacant house aprx. $300-$500 per month. They also are paying utilities to keep the house from getting musty maybe $50+ per month. These are commonly known costs and many sellers are willing to risk these costs to get a few thousand extra dollars, but not many sellers think about the “missed opportunity costs.” If the real estate market is flat or dropping then there are better places to put that $475,000. I am not an expert in the financial advising but I know there are many mutual funds that return 5-15% regularly. Another option would be to buy another home in an area that has bottomed out and get a great deal and use it as an investment. With that kind of money you could put 20% down on many properties.

  So sellers, don’t forget about those missed opportunity costs. It’s best to list and sell your home at market value (see Should I sell my house now/Pricing it correctly) and put that money in other investments than let your house sit for months maybe years just to try and get a few thousand extra dollars.  Greg R Benson – Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland Real Estate

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