Consumer tip. List price is not as important as market value when considering how much to offer.
Every answer so far has been right on target. Inventory is low, which shows signs of becoming a sellers market; meaning multiple offers and competitive bidding on available homes. The areas near the med center is limited and can be spotty for availablilty and quality of properties. Have you considered other areas within a short distance (Tahoe Park, East Sacramento, River park...) of the Med Center? I am from Phila and love the east coast charm of those areas.
If you are in the medical field and researching moving, I have a client that just moved from the midwest and chose Sacramento because she said that pay here offers bay area salaries yet we have a much lower cost of livings.
Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at all, if you would like me to do any research, other than homes. Moving is a big step and making the right decision is not always easy.
Lyon Real Estate
I always tell my clients do not worry about the list price. List price can be high, low or at value. Once you find a home make sure to have your agent do a market comparison for that home. This will tell you what the value and where you what start your negotiations from. Never take what some one else says the value is, get the information.
All the statistics will show you is either how well the Listing Agent and Seller priced the home in the first place or what the final listing price was at the time of sale.
Good luck and as always, I would love to help you.
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