We are looking at Athena Residence 4 and might put an offer there....
When you mentioned 950k for Athena Residence 4 last year in Apr, was 950k the base price and all upgrades were on top of that? do you have any estimates around how much you would have paid for the house including upgrades?
Can you please reply ASAP, your help would be greatly appreciated?
Both properties are priced at about the same cost per square foot. So, quality of construction, location, reputation of buyer (get list of recent past clients who you can contact with questions.
Where else can you get a good home for the right price? Eugene, Oregon
I have not looked for too much time, just month or so.
I have purchased through realtor.
I had known 3 people who bought house through her.
One of my friend has seen not less than 200 properties over 15 months through her.
Overtime they tend to slowdown if you are not able to make up a decision, but they should be able to show you houses nevertheless.
Regarding sick etc, I remember reading one of the Agents website (His name was English agent or something) where he said we are 3 people in family doing real estate and do watch when others are sick etc.
When some agent is sick, they normally provide backup for people who are in process of contract or in contract already..
The "problem" with the prices is not the builder or the neighborhood really but it's that price point is in transition due to downward movement in the high end market. As the multi million dollar home prices are collapsing small moves in price between 800k and 1.250 mil is going to vary wildly based on condition and location. New home prices seem to be following suit.
Remember that you are also going to have between 20k to 100k worth of upgrades to manage. Some of which will be absorbed by the builder to move the home but I have seldom seen an instance where a buyer stays to that budget. All that said there is a trick to buying homes close to 800k. That is what a good agent's job is to do for you.
The best value is relative. You should compare what each property offers and decide from there. Also, once your realtor gives you comps on the property, it's up to you to pay market value or bid over to compete with other buyers. Good luck to you :)
Walking into the model homes they make it sound like there is a huge demand and buyers are lining up days before the release. I just witnessed the Athena Release that took place last Sat and the demand was almost non existant. It also seems like the sales office puts a "SOLD" sign on the lot even if it is available and once you show interest in a certain floorplan they call you and say that one just came back on the market.
We are starting to look at regular sales and should definitely start looking at bank owned properties.
REALTOR, GRI, SRES
I think Vicky covers the new homes situation very well. And what she says about looking at the neighborhoods and location applies equally to all kinds of property. Location is everything.
I can understand why you feel that short sales are frsustrating. You find much disagreement there on this forum, even though there really are good deals to be had. You may want to consider bank owned homes (REOs) though. Although a few have been trashed, many are is as good condition as any other home plus the banks do respond fairly quickly to offers.
And what about regular sales of pre-owned homes. There are still plenty of these about. Yes, you may encounter multiple offers but you won't pay more than market value. The appraisal will see to that. The main thing is to have a good agent to advise you, who knows the area, when you are ready to make an offer.
Good luck in finding your ideal home.
Bernard Gibbons, DRE License # 01331583
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585 - email@example.com
Whether you buy new or older, you would be wise to employ a realtor that will help you negotiate the price, give you up to the minute comps and will investigate the likelihood that a short sale is an option. Each short sale scenario is different and some times takes little more time than a regular sale. Although Windemere is hot for pricing, since most are distressed their property taxes are very high, due to the new infrastructure.
Good luck with your search. Anyone of us can help you navigate this very important transaction.
Look at your neigbhorhoods and location. Do you prefer the location of the Mosaic development (closer to drop down to 580)? Interested in a great community pool that will soon open? Atheana has some reasonable size parcels.
The value is in the eyes of the beholder. As for distressed inventory, charts say that just 17% of the housing inventory in San Ramon is 'distressed'. Albeit, Windemere seems to have more than their fair share as most were sold new during the housing 'bubble'...where Gale Ranch has had a slower, more controlled release over a longer period of years so there's fewer short sales there.