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Smokey, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

I want to buy a house in Mid-Cape -- What is the percentage reduction below assessed value I can hope for?

Asked by Smokey, Boston, MA Wed May 6, 2009

Is assessed value discount a better indicator than initial selling price?

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Hi Smokey,

Mark is spot on - basing your value on any formula pertaining to assessed values is a dangerous game. Initial asking price isn't much better, either. Value is determined by what somebody is willing to pay for it, and looking at recent sales in the area gives us a good gauge for what might be expected.

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Paul Beatty
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Assessed value is not an accurate measurement. Look at hyper local sales data. If you can be more specific about which part of the cape and which home we may be able to help give you very specific value range.
Buyer's dictate markets which means you should offer what you are willing to pay for the home and the value range is a way to manage expectations.
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There is no firm percentsge that is standard. It really matters what the sellers motivation is. Do not be afraid of "insulting" the seller. Make an offer and go from there. Don't fall in love with the property, be willing to walk away and you will get the best deal possible.
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Good Afternoon Smokey,

Try not to focus on the assessed values as they are not even close to being a strong indicator of market pricing. Give me the basics of your search (eg. cape/ranch # bedrooms, condition, town etc.) and I will give you some ballpark ideas as to what those properties are selling for. As neighborhoods can vary from block to block, it is a very dangerous way to determine value. Are you interested as a primary, or second home?
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