Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Setting the Accurate Price for a Probate & Trust Property

Pricing Involves More than Looking at Comparables

When you are referred to a real estate agent to sell a property through probate and trust, your attorney will have obtained an Inventory and Appraisal form, which will include an appraised value for the property. Even though you already have this court-ordered appraisal for the property, it is still important to get a real estate agent’s opinion and value for the property.

In today's changing market, we have noticed that many of the court-ordered appraisals for properties are high and the comparables that are used to determine the value are older and no longer apply. The comparables may not reflect changes in the local market conditions, and certainly the computer that lists the comparables does not have the 'on the ground' familiarity with neighborhoods that an experienced Realtor has.

When The Sanborn Team lists a property for sale, whatever it is – a condominium, single family residence, apartment building, duplex or commercial property – we make a point of viewing both the interior and exterior of the structure to see its actual condition and location.

After we have viewed the property we will then review the comparable sales and active properties in the area, sharpen our pencils and present you with a comparable market analysis and a suggested list price for the property. We work with our clients in establishing the final list price and we are always open to client input. We believe that establishing the right price is a team effort.

If you have questions or would like an opinion on the value of a property, please don’t hesitate to visit us at or call us at 310-777-2858.