Your offer should never be based on the listing price anyway - it should always be based on the value as determined by sales comparisons and reproduction costs. There is a wide spectrum of housing in Muirfield, from true custom homes built by top builders to modular homes (yes, there are modular homes in Muirfield). The quality varies widely and so do the prices.
In the central Ohio market, Buyer's Agents are paid by the sellers, so there is no reason to buy a home without being represented by a knowledgeable and competent Realtor to protect your interests.
Best advice we would like add is to interview at least three qualified realtors as far as your buyers agent is concerned. Trust, integrity and capability are three of the most important factors to consider here. The market is always changing and as a result you want a professional that knows how to help you navigate some of todays toughest potential pitfalls.
This said I am happy to say that I have already met a number of very capable realtors in this market area, all of them more than qualified. It really becomes a matter of ensuring that your realtor(s) are doing more than just offering to "show you homes". or just "list your house". There are many many realtors to choose from and I am sure you will make an informed decision and the realtor you choose will work wonders for your next dream home.
Good luck, happy hunting and please let us know if we can help make this decision any easier.
Matt & Taryn Dickens
Because many of the homes in Muirfield are now 30+ years old, they may not have been updated compared to a similar home. The upgrades can easily account for a $100,000 difference. Also, some agents may not be including finished lower levels in their listing statistics. This can account for some of the difference as well. I don't think it has as much to do with "getting burnt" as making sure you are comparing apples to apples.
As far as the price discrepancies are concerned, there are about 2300 homes in Muirfield Village divided into four primary neighborhood styles:
~ Golf course neighborhoods
~ Wooded neighborhoods
~ Ravine neighborhoods
~ Open meadow neighborhoods
These Subdivisions and a homeâ€™s location, lot size, and builder can impact price, just like it does anywhere else. Finally, some of these homes were built in the 1970's and the price can reflect differences in how these homes have or have not been upgraded.
How can you avoid getting burned? Thatâ€™s simple, get a Real Estate Agent with local expertise.
Thanks for asking!