You are definitely looking at the right time to get a great deal in Nellie Gail and, if you position yourself correctly when you make your offer, you could maximize this opportunity.
If you are looking for a project...there is a short sale, original priced at $2.9m, that you could probably get for $1.8m. The home is under construction so some of the work still needs to be finished, but work left is mostly interior selections and landscaping.
Most likely you will not be able to buy a house that is listed at $2.2 for $1.5 as sellers have not been negotiating that big a difference in price. What you may get for your $1.5, is a house that was once listed at $2.2 but is now listed for $1.75. A seller like this that has already seen their equity go down by half a million dollars is not likely to take another big hit on their current asking price. You can get some great bargins out there, it just takes an understanding of the current market psychology of sellers to know how to find them. Choosing an educated Real Estate professional to help you evaluate the market should be your first step.
Bill M Godwin
First Team Real Estate
A list price does not always tell the story. One home listed for $2.2mm might be worth $2.2mm, but another listed for $2.2mm might be worth $1.2mm. That's why you need someone who knows that market as well as anyone.
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Best wishes to you.
Harrison K. Long, Explore Group Properties, Coldwell Banker Previews.
Good luck with your search!
While it is unlikely that you could "steal" a house listed at $2,2mm, with an offer of $1,5mm, there are MANY properties available on the market today, throughout up-scale areas of Orange County, that are now priced close to $1,5mm, but were once priced well over $2,2mm.
The market itself has drifted downward - some sellers have tried to follow it, over the course of a year or two on the market. Most NEW listings, however, are priced more competitively. You can conduct your own search for properties anywhere in South Orange County with your own website, that you can establish, and tweak to your heart's content. Here is a link to follow: http://coto.listingbook.com/?node=3
Good luck in your search.
It is a buyer's market out there, but homes that are properly priced at 2.2m will probably not turn over for 1.5m . I could see a home that is listed for 1.8 or a little lower might go in your price range if the owner was very anxious. The prices have come down a lot in Nellie Gail, and there are great homes available in your price range that were untouchable a couple of years ago.
I am a local agent and I would be happy to schedule some showings so that we can go in and see what is available. Looking at homes on the computer is great fun, but the way to really understand what you can get for your money is by walking the properties.
Best Wishes, you are in a great position to get a wonderful home in this market.
In Coto right now there are 25 houses priced between $1,4mm and $2,2mm - some on the golf course, some on half acre plus lots, most with a serene view. As someone else suggested, many of these houses have been on the market for a long time and have come down hundreds of thousands of dollars in price, to a much more attractive level.
Go to my website below for Coto info, and to do a search for homes available. Contact me if I can be of any further assistance. Good luck in your search.
You can find it at http://www.TheOCmls.com. If you would like to see it or find out what else is for sale in NG, let me know. It wouldn't surprise me if you were able to get a higher priced house in your price range.