If you have been selling real estate for awhile, inevitably you are going to have a listing that doesn't sell. As a Realtor, this is very disappointing because of the time, energy and money we (well, some of us) put into getting a property sold - expensive glossy brochures, professional photography, open houses, broker tours, website promotions, e-blasts, cocktail parties, just listed cards, yard signs, Facebook and other social media ads, Google ads, weekly property photos on Instagram, pitching to colleagues, updates to sellers, showings, questions from showings, hundreds of texts, emails and phone calls with client, etcetera. We do all of this before making the first dollar (that's why we charge 6-7%).
So, why didn't the property sell?
Was it the brochures? Handy to have and to share, but a buyer doesn't fall in love with a home and not buy it because there were no brochures or they weren't nice enough.
Was it lack of open houses? Probably not. Statistically, less than 2% of homes are sold via open house.
Was it lack of awareness by the Realtor community? If it was on MLS then this is probably not the case. MLS is an invitation to every Realtor in the area to bring their buyer.
Was it bad photos? That is a real possibility.
Was it due to lack of a push on Facebook. Unlikely.
Was it because the property was hard to access? Very possible.
Was it because there was no buyer/broker cocktail party? Highly unlikely.
Was it because the property showed poorly, was messy or in disrepair? Totally possible.
Was it due to lack of enthusiasm by your listing agent? Perhaps.
Was there a fixable problem that needed to be rectified. Possibly.
Was it because the asking price was too high? This is usually the case.
It’s better to be the First Child, the Second Spouse, and the Third Realtor
Unfortunately, sellers don't want to hear that their asking price is too high. They look for other reasons first. I get it. I have sold several personal properties and always wanted to set a new high price in the neighborhood. As Realtors, price can be an uncomfortable conversation to have with a seller. We want your property to sell for a high price. You end up happy. That makes us happy. We end up making more money, which also makes us happy.
It is interesting to me when a property sells with the second or third Realtor and the seller attributes the sale to something other than the new lower price. Some sellers believe it was the prettier brochures, fancier virtual tour, bigger brokerage, aerial photography, Facebook posts, just listed cards or something else other than price. I am not sure why this is the case. Perhaps, sellers just didn't want to acknowledge with the first Realtor that their property was worth less than they thought.
Was it the Asking Price or Something Else?
Below are 20 recent sales in the Sarasota area where the property was listed with one brokerage, failed to sell and subsequently was listed and sold with a 2nd brokerage.
Was it necessary to lower the asking price to get the property sold with the 2nd broker?
20/21 or 95% had a price reduction
15/21 or 70% had a price reduction greater than 5%
Average price reduction of the 20 sales was 16%
Largest price reduction - 30%
Smallest price reduction - 1%
Price at Expiration
Price at Sale
% Price Change to Sell
1521 OAK ST, #16
1111 N GULFSTREAM AVE, #13B
5084 WINDWARD AVE
100 OGDEN ST
1947 MORRILL ST
430 GIVENS ST
1102 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DR
565 SANCTUARY DR, #B206
1655 QUAIL DR
1800 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DR, #B307
2489 HYDE PARK ST
1625 S LODGE DR
2500 WILKINSON RD
5855 MIDNIGHT PASS RD, #219
505 S ORANGE AVE, #1502
6308 MIDNIGHT PASS RD, #17
1212 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DR, #909
2582 BAY ST
577 S SPOONBILL DR
1912 HIGH POINT DR
2423 VACCARO DR
I'm confident that if I examined more sales with 2+ listing brokerages that the results would be similar. Even if the number of properties sold without a price reduction were to double or triple they would still only be at 10%-15%.
I am a firm believer that a price reduction is the most common reason a property sells with a later Realtor (2+). With that being said, I have seen properties not sell for other reasons. If your property isn't selling, you should consult with your Realtor, review your asking price as well other potential problems.