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House Won’t Sell? Your Price is Too Low?

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Last December, I criticized a Kentucky couple for complaining that their house wasn’t selling at the price they were asking. They thought they were asking a fair price, but it’s only a fair price if someone’s willing to pay it. Either price your house to sell, or wait around for someone to come along.

But an interesting article in the New York Times is saying the opposite of what I thought was common sense. Sales of high-priced homes are apparently not in a slump like those asking average prices.

This split in the market helps explain why the sales of Manhattan apartments, some of the priciest homes in the country, have remained fairly strong. The national trend has gone largely unnoticed, though, because neither the federal government nor the National Association of Realtors — the main sources of housing data — report statistics for different price segments.

The article provides some examples illustrating the different ends of the spectrum. Here’s why the market is still going strong for super-expensive homes:

* The rich aren’t affected as much by the stagnant payrolls.
* Foreign investors swoop in when the dollar is cheap.
* Low and middle income families are hurt more by higher interest rates and the meltdown of the mortgage market.

This news probably won’t help the Kentucky couple. Unless their house is seen as desirable by the affluent, they won’t benefit from raising their asking price.

Published or updated July 11, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar dong

My brother wants to buy a place in NYC, but it’s almost impossible just because there are just to many price insensitive folk there. The wall street bonuses that were paid out this year didn’t help….

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avatar dnn

This is common question in real estate world, people want to sell houses for decent price, but buyer never accepts original price, and asks for discount.

Well if i were a seller i would try to save my order, if i were buyer i would try to buy it with paying less.

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