Facade shot of a renovated single level brick house in Loftus.
Cost effective renovations like paint and garden maintenance improve buyer appeal and positively impact property value.

A question that I am asked on a daily basis is ‘What is my property worth?’. As you can imagine, real estate agents are appraising property on a daily basis and for most of us we use a ‘comparative market analysis’ to determine value.

When I started in real estate some 16 years ago I asked my employer at the time for the formula to appraise. In my mind you could add a percentage or fixed price for a bedroom, bathroom or garage.

What I have come to learn though is that real estate doesn’t sell for ‘comparative value’, it sells for ‘market value’. The property that sticks out for me was a four bedroom house in Vermont Street, Sutherland back in 2010. The record price in Sutherland for a four bedroom house was $830,000 and I felt this property was better and could fetch $900,000 but there was no evidence to suggest that. Now I won’t give you the whole story but what I will tell you is that I sold the property for $1,000,000 and set a new record for the suburb.

My lesson from this sale was that this process could be replicated and if I managed the variables in my control in the right way that I could manipulate value favourably.

By the same token I observed the variables that impacted price negatively and designed my process to avoid or mitigate these.

Living area in apartment professionally styled by Maker/Made
Presentation of a property is a variable that can be influenced in your favour. This empty apartment in Sutherland was styled by one of our interior design professionals.

Now, when it comes to price, the truth of the matter is we never really know market value until we test the market. Put another way, I don’t know the price until I find the buyer who buys the property.

However, some agents see themselves as valuers and are focused on ‘comparative value’. In my view, as a professional salesperson, my role is not to analyse value, it is to create or add value!

Now, I am not going to give away all our secrets in this blog. But I will tell you that there are three key areas being Marketing, Negotiation & Communication where we can add value as professional real estate agents.

If you would like one of the Hill & Viteri Property team to demonstrate this to you give us a call on 9545 2220 or click here to arrange an appointment. If there is a particular team member you are looking for click here to meet the team.

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