Why people overvalue the property they own

By 23/10/2018Lifestyle

Ever wondering why we often overvalue the things we own?

Do you know what your house is worth? Would you concede that there’s a chance that your estimate of its value might be higher than what a buyer would pay?

Our decisions and behavior aren’t always rational, but are instead heavily influenced by emotions and cognitive blind spots.

One of the most well-known examples is the endowment effect, which describes our tendency to value things more highly when we already own them.

If I’m trying to sell your property, the market might think it’s worth $500,000, while you might think it’s only worth $600,000.

The question is: What exactly causes the endowment effect?

Behavioral economists initially proposed that the effect occurred because humans are naturally loss-averse. We place more significance on losses (like giving away the house we’ve had for a decade) than we place on gains (like buying saving on the new home).

More recent research suggests that ownership of an item creates a link between that item and our identity.

We may have a hard time separating from things once we feel like they’re part of us.

Whether you’re involved in a transaction for a mug, a pen, or a property, it helps to be aware of the endowment effect and its influence on our behavior.

If you can take a step back and realise why an item is so meaningful to you or to someone else, you may have an easier time negotiating a favorable outcome.

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Paul Basso

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Established in 2000, First National Basso is a business based on transparency, honesty, personal service and trust. With a commitment to innovation, First National Basso has continually evolved and grown to become one of the longest running and most trusted real estate teams on the Mornington Peninsula.

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