A recent study shows that newly listed homes get 3.4 times more online views than homes with a price drop. This evidence supports the advice I regularly give to home buyers: pricing your home accurately the first time is vital to its success on the market.
Many buyers use online platforms for property research, and every one of those sites uses the number of page views as a key performance indicator (KPI) of interested buyers. The study conducted above showed that a new home receiving 100 page views on the first day it is listed would decrease to 51 views on day two, 25 views on day seven, 17 views on day 30, and so on.
For a price change on the same home, the numbers are significantly lower. There would be 29 page views on day one, 18 page views on day two, 15 views on day seven, and leveling out to 13 views on day 30.
This shows that far fewer home buyers are interested in homes that have changed in price than they are in newly listed, well-priced homes.
Another factor in a buyer’s decision is the number of days a home has been on the market. The longer a home sits on the market, the more suspicious a buyer may be that something is wrong with it. Combine this with a lack of interested buyers, despite multiple price drops, and it could be nearly impossible to sell.
Bottom line: Price your house appropriately the first time.
Use current market data to determine your asking price, even if the data suggests a lower value. Resist the urge to price your home too high and you may see multiple buyers competing for the home rather than watching it sit on the market for months.