One of those things

We are blessed with some temperate spring weather. The trees and bushes are making their annual comeback. Some of those evergreen varieties are dumping tons of pollen into the air so moving about on a windy day can be punishing to your feeling of comfort. One person expressed hope for a late freeze to limit the pollen production, but then that might damage the fruit crop.

From the earliest recordings of seasonal change. spring has been the time of new growth, of renewal, of raised expectations and hope. The baseball teams are all planning to make it to the big show in October. Gardeners are impatiently awaiting the right time to plant their offspring. And the Santa Fe homeowner is interviewing several Realtors and getting a feel for their chances of selling their home this year.

It is written that two ballteams will square off in the World Series. Approximately 92% of flowering plants, 74% of vegetables and 69% of tomato plants will bring home the goods. And that Santa Fe homeowners planning to sell this year… how will they fare in the improving market?

Nobody has a crystal ball, but statistics are reliable ways to measure. In the charts available on the right side of this blog/site homepage (go back by clicking on the header above) one can see what happened in 2012 in various price ranges, monthly or quarterly. Most wise people say we will do better this year. Can you count on selling this year? Compare sales figures with how many homes are being offered for sale.

Experienced real estate players have learned that a home will sell more quickly if all the reasons for people to reject the home have been removed. That could be cat odor, dog hair, cooking grease and smoke on the ceiling, cracked windows, worn and stained carpet, a front door that needs paint, and the beat goes on.

And then there is Price. Volumes are being written about prices going up now. Not so fast, my friend. As long as there is a year’s worth of inventory out there, what Seller would raise the asking price and risk the chance of failing to sell this year? Of that year’s worth, you don’t want to be at the end of that procession; you want to be toward the front.

The parade marching band that follows the Mounties and the horse dancing club has to sidestep some fresh deposits. Get to the front. Price so that you make it into the sold column before the horse poop shows up. Price is still number one on Buyer’s lists. It’s just one of those things…

Call me to get timely and accurate information about pricing your home. 505-470-7153. Emails welcome also; alanball2@gmail.com

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