• Click Here to Subscribe to Email updates

  • psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This website is authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites, WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities, condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton, Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry, Va Beach, Yorktown and York County Virginia You can reach John by email John@MrWilliamsburg.com or phone @ 757-254-813
  • RSS Colonial Williamsburg News

    • 7 Ways Our Free App Will Improve Your Visit
      The official Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app just received another big upgrade, so now there are even more reasons to make sure you make it part of your visit. Our website is a great way to plan your adventure from home, but when you’re here, the app is an indispensable tool to make the most of...Read More »
    • Reflections of a Revolutionary in Residence
      “Papi, am I a princess?” “Yes, Anabella, you are. But we all are. In our country every one of us is a king or a princess,” I said, echoing the words of young Mr. Jefferson as played by Kurt Smith. She was right to ask: my family was feted like never before during my recent...Read More »
    • Join Us for the 4th of July!
      Seriously, is there a better place in America to celebrate the Fourth of July than Williamsburg? In times that incline us toward cynicism, here is a place where you can leave that behind for a little while, and renew your sense of patriotism. This Independence Day combines great traditions with some fresh twists. It’s a...Read More »
    • The Word on DoG Street: Why We Need Your Help
      The word on DoG Street is that the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation receives state and federal taxpayer support and that an increase in that support could help solve the serious financial challenges facing the Foundation. If only that were true. CWF receives $0 annual financial support from either the state or federal government. Zero. We can’t...Read More » […]
    • An Anecdotal History–and Mythology–of the Stars and Stripes
      June 14 is Flag Day, marking the day in 1777 that the Second Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes as America’s national banner. But it takes a bit more than the dawn’s early light to make out the origins of the flag. Still, it’s worth a try. Let’s start with the stripes. In 1769 some...Read More »
  • Flickr Photos

    5524 Pennington Place

    5524 Pennington Place

    5524 Pennington Place

    More Photos

Chasing the real estate market in Williamsburg- What’s the “Magic Price” that will sell my home ?

Many Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA home owners want to list their property at a higher price than the MLS market data suggests because they feel their home is superior to others on the market, or some say "they just have to get a certain price for it." Often this is a result of their investment in the property and they want to get at least that much out of it when they sell. While this is totally understandable, your home is only worth what a buyer today is willing to pay for it.

In this way the real estate market is similar to the stock market. It doesn’t matter how great the company is or how much you originally paid for a stock, it is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it today. If you try to sell your stocks at a price above the market, buyers will simply ignore them and they won’t sell. The same is true for real estate; buyers will only pay you what your property is worth in today’s market.


Often times homeowners fall into a common rut while trying to sell their homes — they overlook market trends, which can sabotage results. The sales history above tells the whole story. The home indicated below was on the market for a staggering 1203 days. No that is not a misprint. Over three years on the market. After initially listing the home for $1,085000 was back in December 2007 the seller went through multiple listing periods and reductions. They finally settled at $850k in September of 2014. Seven long years and five months after it was initially listed.  OUCH. Can you imagine having to keep your home ready to show for that long ?

Although ultimately successful in selling their home, the owner of the property was sucked into a classic economic phenomenon called "chasing the market."  Their decisions of where to price their homes was unfortunately not based on viewing trends and anticipating the future. 
We see many homes on the market today that are languishing unsold. They were priced too high to begin with, and then the recession hit. It is common for an owner, rather than repositioning his property to be of value in the declining market, to chose a nominal price reduction, and then another, and another, as the market continues to fall ahead of where the house is priced.


If a Williamsburg Home Seller starts too high in price, this compounds this effect. Sellers may find themselves reducing and reducing…..never really catching the market! To be successful in a declining market, the seller should be priced lower than the market indicates it should be. Then when normal market times develop, you’ll be priced right to get your offer.

Sellers, you must be priced correctly for your market conditions, or simply stated, you won’t be making your move. It’s not good enough being “on the market”. You must be “in the market” to make your sale and move. What you’ll need is an experienced, market savvy real estate agent who will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.


If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com ,  and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

%d bloggers like this: