Selling in a Seller’s Market

A seller’s market describes a market where demand exceeds supply, or in simple terms where there are more buyers than sellers. Signs of real estate seller’s market include high prices, high auction clearance rates and low days on the market which is everything we are currently seeing at the moment.

As a seller you may view this circumstance as an opportunity in which you cannot lose, but it is essential to put your best foot forward to truly capitalise on the market.


Sale type is one of the most important aspects of a successful property transfer. Options vary, but the goal remains the same, to get the right price at the right time.

  • Auctions are an adventurous sale method for sellers. As there is no ceiling price, competition is encouraged, which often increases the price outcome.
  • Private Treaty sales encourage serious buyers with appropriate finance to inspect the property and submit offers. This process allows the seller to review each offer (its price and conditions) and choose the most appealing proposition.
  • Off Market sales invite qualified and highly motivated buyers to inspect a property before it’s advertised to the public. Offers can be submitted, reviewed, negotiated, and accepted before investing in external marketing options.
  • Expression of Interest is a method commonly used for unique properties that are hard to compare or place in a local market. These properties are advertised with calls for Expression of Interest without disclosing the selling price, which can create extraordinary buzz and competition.


While you cannot change things like location, size or view, minor cosmetic updated can dramatically affect buyer interest. Declutter, depersonalise, fix, repaint, clean, deodorise and style the space.

Consider a professional home stager if you need a little extra help or want to give your house an extra lift. Stagers know the market and what sells. They will be able to leverage industry knowledge to help you create a setting that will raise eyebrows for all the right reasons, accentuating the property’s best features while downplaying its imperfections.


It might be a seller’s market, but it’s important not to overprice. Buyers who view an overpriced property will often disregard it even if you drop the price later. Conversely, properties will generate more interest if priced below or at actual market value. Many sellers have concerns about pricing their homes too low, however, this strategy tends to result in multiple showings within the first several days which often results in multiple offer scenario. And once the offers roll in, so does the buyer emotion, which could end up creating a bidding war that drives the price up.


The more eyes you can get on your property, the better. Reach is incredibly important in ensuring your property has complete exposure to in area and out of area passive and active buyers. Signboards, online real estate portals, social media, open homes, agent databases, letterbox drops, prints and a carefully considered and tailored marketing campaign is an effective way to reach as many buyers as possible. Do it right and you will receive outstanding interest and offers.


The average buyer is fearful about missing out on a dream home. Creating consistent, overlapping foot traffic at an open home can give the appearance of strong buyer interest and competition which can prompt a serious buyer to make or increase an offer. Offer deadlines are also a good way to motivate buyers to make offers. Competition and deadlines create a sense of urgency, which can result in the coveted multi offer scenario.

It pays to prepare and have a strategy in place to capitalise on the market when selling. The best form of preparation is having a qualified real estate agent who can guide you through the steps above as well as advise you on the market and stand in for you during the selling process, including the intimidating parts like negotiation and settlement.

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