“If I lower my price, does that make buyers and agents think I’m getting desperate? I definitely don’t want that.”
Neither would I!
And the good news is that it doesn’t send that message at all.
There’s an old “joke” in marketing: “What’s everyone’s favorite radio station? WIIFM, also known as What’s In It For Me.”
In other words, everyone — including you and me — constantly sees things from our own perspective.
(I put joke in quotes because, as you noticed, it’s not actually funny.)
As it applies here, most homebuyers and agents will see your reduced price from their perspective, which is that your house is now priced more attractively than it was before.
They probably will not give much time pondering your motivation for dropping the price.