of the 284 properties on the market in the Neath area have had a price
reduction in the last 3 months.
average reduction has been 6.2% of the original asking price.
is great news for Neath home buyers and Neath buy-to-let landlords, strangely Neath
house sellers as well.
The last couple of years of the Neath property market has
seen some amazing prices being achieved with multiple offers and many
properties selling for way over the asking price.
Yet, as I have been writing about the Neath property market over
the last few weeks, the tide is beginning to turn, and pendulum swing more
towards a balanced Neath property market as more homeowners in the Neath area (SA10
& SA11) have been reducing their asking prices.
Of the 274 properties for sale in the Neath area, 84 have been reduced in price in the last 3 months.
This can be broken down as follows…
|Price Range of the Neath Property||Number of Price Reductions in Last 3 Months|
So why is this important and why is this good news, even for
Neath house sellers?
Property industry statistics show that 5 out of 6 house
sellers will buy another property and over 80% of those sellers will move up
the property ladder.
When you move up the property ladder, that normally means
you pay more for the one you want to move to (that’s why it’s called the
So, whilst you won’t be getting as much for yours as you
might have done earlier in the year, you won’t have to pay as much for the one
you want to buy (and the price difference between the two properties will be
smaller – meaning you will end up saving money because of these reductions).
Therefore, what is the level of reduction being seen in the Neath
The average percentage of the price reduction in the Neath area has been 6.2%.
I must stress house prices/values in Neath haven’t dropped 6.2%,
just the asking prices of some of the properties on the market.
This is good news for Neath first-time buyers and landlords,
as they will be more likely to buy a property at a more reasonable price whilst.
As I explained above, this is also good news for sellers as most of them will
end up paying less for the higher priced property they end up buying after
So, what should Neath homeowners be aware of if they are
selling their home now or in the future?
For me it is important that I inform all Neath property
owners of the real story. This enables them to judge for themselves where they
stand in the current Neath property market, thus enabling them to make better
You see some Neath estate agents will deliberately overinflate the suggested initial asking price to the house seller, because it gives them a bigger chance to secure the property on that agent’s book, as opposed to a competitor.
This practice is called overvaluing.
Now of course, each Neath homeowner wants to get the most
for their home, yet some estate agents know this and prey on those Neath house
You might ask, what is the problem with that?
Well, you only get one opportunity at hitting the Neath
property market as a new property. Everybody has access to the internet, social
media and the four main property portals (Rightmove, Boomin, On The Market,
Zoopla), and your potential buyers will know the property market like the back
of their hand.
If you have a 2-bed Neath semi that is on the market
for a 3-bed Neath semi-detached house price … those Neath buyers will ignore
Your Neath property will stick on the market as your
potential buyers keep seeing your property on the portals each week.
These buyers will then start to believe there is something
wrong with your property and dismiss it even further. That is until you, as the
house seller, reduce your asking price. The issue is that sometimes these buyers
will think something is wrong with your home and could bid you down even
further, meaning you will get less even though you asked for more! (This was
backed up by some research done by Which?).
Now according to research by Denton House, the average British
house buyer only views around six properties before buying – so please don’t
assume viewers will come round your optimistically priced (i.e., overvalued) Neath home, thinking they will knock you down – quite
the opposite – they just won’t view your home in the first place.
And you know that because I bet you have done the same
yourself when searching for property.
So, all I suggest is this … be realistic with your asking
price to start with.
Do that and you will sell your Neath property at a decent
price to a decent buyer … first time, every time – enabling you to move onto
the next chapter of your life.
If you know of anyone currently selling their home in the Neath area and finding things difficult, please share this article with them as it could be of interest.