You know, I’ve been doing this for a long time. You start to see patterns after a while. I guess that is called wisdom?
Here are some things I have learned that are typically true in real estate:
- If somebody says they are going to make an offer, every hour afterwards that you don’t have it in hand reduces your chances of getting it at all.
- If you are a seller and decline a showing, few buyers ever reschedule a time. They say they will come see it later, but never do.
- Usually the best offer you are going to get is the first offer. The times it isn’t the best offer, it will be the worst.
- If you get 10 offers on your house, 8 will be practically the same, one will be crazy low, and one will be the best.
- If 20 buyers have seen your house and given the same feedback about the condition and list price, odds are the next 20 buyers will say the same thing.
- If you get a full price offer the first day, that means you priced it just right. Don’t wonder if you should have asked more. When a house is priced too low, almost always does it get more than one offer and both will usually be above the list price.
- If you feel like you got a good deal on a house, most likely it is because it was a house nobody else wanted. You will have to give a good deal when it is your time to sell.
- Crazy realtors have the craziest clients. You can often tell a lot about a buyer by who their realtor is.
- The more complicated the deal is, the more likely it is to fall apart.
- The longer the time between contract acceptance and the closing date, the more likely it is to fall apart and not close at all.