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Jim, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

What is a typical initial offer price and sale price in comparison to the list price in the current market?

Asked by Jim, Chicago, IL Wed Jul 16, 2008

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Sean Cochran’s answer
Jim. In this market, if you have a solid Realtor AND a solid mortgage broker working for you, you can come away with a very nice deal. I just negotiated a loan for my friend in Plainfield. The home was listed (and appraised) at 260k. I got him a purchase price of 245k with 3% down and 3% closing costs concessions. (FHA Loan) He ended up coming to the table with nothing but his Drivers License. No Money. Call me.

Sean Cochran
Quality Mortgage Lending
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Don't depend on any sites such as Zillow or the other one mentioned. Dino hit it on the head have a Realtor run comps off the MLS of the area from the past 3 months. that is the only truly accurate data.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 16, 2008
The list -to-sell ratio is one of the most deceiving statistics in real estate. Let's say a 500K property is overpriced by 100K and someone ends up buying in for 450K. That ratio is 90%. Sounds like a decent deal, but in reality the buyer overpayed by 50K. Conversely, a property that is priced under market sells for full list price. That ratio is 100%. Who got the better deal?

Your first step is to research the most recently closed comparables and base your initial offer off of that. Hope that helps.
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