Like all Zen Masters always takes the middle way. Knowledge of the market you’re buying in is very important. Know what other properties have sold for in the neighborhood. But only in the last 3 to 9 months. The market is still going thru a huge readjustment and going back further may no longer be relevant. An offer that’s too low may not be taken seriously and could very well put off the home owner. Make sure that if you’re going to be using financing you get pre-qualified by a lender before you begin your search. And have realistic expectations. Try and walk in the sellers shoes. When all goes well the buyer and seller will both feel very happy with the deal on the table. Hopefully the closing will be filled with lots of smiles and warm wishes to go around. And I always I recommend using a licensed real estate agent. The process of buying a home is very complex and it’s always better to have an expert on your side.
You say sell, I say SOLD.