The "market" has its own siren song...it's own mind and it calls out to both buyers and sellers alike. It can not be escaped by either and generally speaking - it pleases no one completely. I suppose you can think of the "market" as some sort of collective - for Star Trek fans - this is something akin to the Borg..."Resistance if futile...."
Sellers with homes listed today will be able to identify with some of the antics that buyers in a bear market will pull. But this is about a listing that was active 14 years ago in 1996 - during another deep housing recession. I wasn't a real estate agent at the time, I was a seller. My mother had just died after a prolonged illness and I was listing her house for sale.