Saw this from a post over at the always-entertaining Active Rain blog:
From REALTOR Magazine. In the June 2008 issue, on page 42, there is the following statement.
Tip 3: Build in a preset price reduction. While all our practitioners agreed that arriving at the right price the first time is the goal, sometimes you have to be a little more flexible, especially if you are in a marketwhere prices are in decline.
So.. nice to see the NAR FINALLY adopting the correct strategy, at least internally. It's the price stupid. It'll always be the price stupid. The 6%'ers aren't eating anymore because the NAR chose to lie and spin and deceive, when they should have been shouting at the top of their lungs this message:
"Home prices got wildly inflated in the US in a wave of massive speculation and fraud. If you're a seller, cut your price, cut it dramatically, and get out now. If you're a buyer, 50% off peak prices in most markets should be your target, at the highest, and a P/E ratio that makes sense. And as always, REALTORS are here to help you (while taking our 6% off the top of course)"
Yup, that would have done the trick.