Appraised value and tax value are 2 set issues. You not knowing this leads me with many other concerns of entering into a sales agreement without be aware of all the procedures must take place.
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Darrell D. Drouillard
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Well, you will get a ton of advice here. First, as others have said, tax (or county) appraisals are not market prices and shouldn't be used to judge on what you are trying to pay for a home. What needs to be used are comparables in the market area you are buying. A comparable is a home, like the one you are trying to buy, that has sold in the past 3 to 6 months.
That being said, if you are trying to buy a brand new home from a builder, they are going to charge you for what they charge other builds in the area. They may not come too far down off of the price that they have given you. You can ask, but depending on the type of home and area, they have some set prices on what they are willing to do. However, they may be willing to throw in extra amenities.
As far as hiring a Realtor®, well, I think that it's always necessary to have one. But, now that you are working with a salesperson at a builder, they may not allow a Realtor® in with the negotiations. Well, let me change that a bit. They will allow one, they many not compensate one at this stage of the game. This means that you may have to pay for one out of pocket or find a Realtor® you can trust and go to another new home community. However, do ask the new home community if they will be willing to compensate your Realtor® because honestly, you should not be without one when trying to buy any home, new or otherwise.
Realtors® will be able to advise you and make sure that you are getting what you want and your needs are being met. New home sales people are terrific individuals; however, they work for the builder.
Anyway, I hope I have helped. If you are looking for a buyers agent and would like help, please feel free to call me and I will see what I can do. Lots of luck to you.
Realtor®, ABR, e-PRO
A model home is never a bad purchase... it comes with all kinds of upgrades that you don't normally get out of a builder and you end up getting a lot of freebies...
Should you have a Realtor.... I know in my case, buyers ALWAYS get a better deal with me than they can get on their own. Just too many things I can do for you... I will go over all the details with you if you contact me... but the long and short is... I'll get you a lower price, get them to pay your closing costs, get you some extra incentives and upgrades, and my services to you are free! I get paid for by the builder, and the price of the home does not go up just because you have representation... Always worth it!
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Option One Real Estate
I would normally suggest NOT buying the model, but it can depend on the neighborhood.
Normally the model will be decked out with perhaps $100,000 in extra upgrades, depending on the neighborhood. So I would want to look at the average prices of the neighborhood, which might be a lot lower than the model. This could hurt your resale value in the future. This could be the reason for the lower tax valuation. You probably need a realtor to help you determine or decide this.
Now with that being said...tax values are no way to evaluate a property. Some houses will sell more than tax value, some below, some at. Tax values can swing significantly from year to year, while the actual value of the home stays more or less the same. Don't depend on tax value which is determined by a computer to be the market value of the home.
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Just curious, have you been financed? Who is the home builder? May I suggest that you speak with an agent first. If you are too far into your negitiations, not sure if an agent will be able to help at this stage, but call me Sabrina, my lender is GREAT!!! Call me today and we can discuss other options for you. Thanks for reading.
As you will find, they are all MEANINGLESS unless you know how they are derived AND the reliability of the data used for these calculations. Let's focus ONLY on the County Tax appraisal number.
In my personal experience, here in the Tampa area of Florida, and I absolutely do track this data, the tax appraisal number, from my own calculation of recent sale data, can range from 45% to 150% of sale price. If American Airlines had such variability in their schedule, no one would get anywhere!
In your situation, you would be well advised to chat with a real estate professional. Dealing with a builder is very different then negotiations with a home owner. You are in a situation of becoming a victim of what you do not know.
If there is currently construction underway, it is HIGHLY unlikely the builder will be malleable to your price reduction strategy. They will show you the door. This has LONG TERM consequences for them. Let you agent help you develop a strategy that has a better potential of delivering benefits you will like.
Best of success to you
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
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It is not unusual for the difference between the selling price and county appraisal - in fact most new homes are not yet up to date with the county and can take a year or more to catch up. Yes you should have a Realtor, but for more than just price assistance, they can point out numerous issues few buyers ever see and act as your go between with the builder taking you out of the hotseat.
Joe Crain. http://www.JoeCrain.net
If you would like some help negotiating, I'm more than happy to help. I'd need a little more info, but from what you said I don't see why you couldn't ask for a different price.
Email me do I can get a better idea for you. Look forward to talking to you!