When you have finally decided to sell your home, you will be surrounded by all kinds of advice from friends and family as to the best selling price.  Much of this advice is well meaning, but it is not the best source of information to arrive at for this valuable point of information.  Whether your are considering selling a Piedmont home or perhaps an Oakland home, there are three very effective sources that you should use if you want to be assured that you are pricing your home at its best.

1. My Website--www.brucewagg.com--With its comprehesive Multiple Listing sources and search engines, you can search by city, town, price, etc. to see what homes in and around your home are selling for.  It will show you pictures of the houses, and, in most cases, provide a guided photographic tour throughout.  It is an excellent beginning to give you a sense of the current sales marketplace for homes like yours.

2. Your Automobile--Once you have located houses in your area that seem comparable to yours, make a list of them, and get in your car and go out and look at each.  Compare the neighborhood, traffic patterns, amenities, ambience, and determine where your home fits in this picture in terms of price.  Is your residence in better condition?  Does it have more to offer in terms of landscaping, patio or yard, space inside, upgraded kitchen, new bathroom, etc.?  If possible, do this before we move to step #3 below, because it allows you to become a more active participant when we finally discuss pricing.

3. The Market Analysis (MA)--One of my most imporatant jobs as your agent is to prepare a Market Analysis for you.  This is a written summary presentation for you to review and consider.  It will draw on the very latest information available to show you what other homes like yours--"Comparable Homes" are selling for. We will compare homes that are as close to yours as possible in terms of location, size, numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms, yard space, and more.  It is very helpful and detailed, and will be a major souce of information for your final pricing decision. 

By using all three sources above, you can be assured that you will have arrived at the best and most informed price possible when placing your home on the market, and one that will move the sale forward at the best possible pace.

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