You Make the Call

avatarthumbnail.jpgDoes anyone else remember the “Alcoa Presents – You Make the Call” segment from NFL broadcasts during the 1980s? You’re shown a video clip, there’s a cutaway to the Alcoa ad, and them you come back to find out the answer?

Alcoa’s not sponsoring this so you’ll be spared the ad … nevertheless, here’s your chance. You make the call.

Last year I listed and sold a home in Estrella Mountain Ranch for $300,000. We ended up selling slightly below the going market because my folks were in a hurry to get moved to Pennsylvania.

Today I’m going through the listings and find the same house vacant and listed for sale. The list price? $300,000.

This home’s listed at the same price as it sold for a year ago because …

a) the sellers are determined to get what they paid regardless of what has happened in the market the past year

b) the sellers have no idea how far values have fallen in Estrella in the past year

c) the listing agent accepted the listing at far too high a list price under the old theory of any listing’s a good listing as long as you get sign calls and can get buyers

d) nobody looked at the comps to see what the house really is worth

e) none of the above

Personally, I’ll discount “c” because having worked in cross-sales with this agent I never got the sense that’s how she operated. I could be wrong, though.

In any event … the comments are yours. You make the call.

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • BawldGuy Talking 10 years ago

    So she’s either ignorant of area values, or she indeed knows it’s overpriced — right?

    I’ll grant the possibility she’s biting her tongue with the seller, with whom she may have a previous relationship, making it socially difficult to price right.

    Did that come out ok? 🙂

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Seemed fine on this end …

  • Apella 10 years ago

    I really miss the “You Make The Call”

    Think that it could be any of the above… seen them all in action before but hay I’ll go with d.

    Now off to the fridge before the answer… oh yeah.