Days On Market-Does It Matter?
Days on market is a statistic or data point available on our MLS. Buyers usually ask how long a property has been on the market. I know as a negotiating strategy, we maybe a bit more aggressive in a pricing offer if the property has been on the market awhile.
I encourage buyers to avoid getting hung up on the number of days a house has been on the market. The real issue should be, is this the house for you and can we structure an offer that will work for the buyer and the seller?
What seems to happen in cases where the house has been on the market a short period of time is buyers does not want to act too quickly. There maybe something else out there better than this one and if we wait awhile, the price on the house in question maybe reduced. Wrong strategy if you like this house. Better to make an offer, with a reasonable price now than to wait. If you like the house, chances are someone else will snap this one up before the price is reduced.
Now for the houses that have been on the market awhile, the buyer's concern that maybe something is wrong with the house and that's why it is still on the market. I find that in many cases houses are on the market for extended periods because the market does not agree with the owners price. The inventory of available homes is high enough that buyers, in many cases, are not making offers on houses deemed to be overpriced.
Its been my experience over the past year that most houses on the market for extended periods of time are unsold becasue the market does not agree with the owner's price. So if you like the house, make a reasonable offer, based on what other homes are selling for in the area, regardless the number of days its been on the market. Obviously the Seller's Disclosure and Inspection will be used to help you come to a final decision on the property.
Don't let the "Days On Market" be the over arching statistic used to determine if this is a good deal or not. If you like the house, make an offer.
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