What is the reasonable percent of listed price of 50 days in market, $30 per sq feet higher than comparable houses, nicely updated house in NY state?

Asked by Ohnmarnyi, Malta, NY Wed Jul 13, 2011

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Don Tepper, Agent, Burke, VA
Wed Jul 13, 2011
Huh? Your question makes no sense.

The reasonable percent of listed price is whatever it takes to adjust the price so it's competitive with other houses. And in line with what's recently sold. It could be 0%; it could be 25%. Point is: You need to know the comps. Then you make your offer based on that, not based on some percent--reasonable or not--of the listing price.

So what if it's $30 per square feet more expensive than other homes. You say "comparable." But does that take into consideration all the factors going into a comp? Not just bedrooms and bathrooms. Not just overall square footage, or size of the lot. Not just the age or the condition of the property. Not just whether the property's near a highway, underneath a flight path, or something else. Unless you're a builder, forget price per square foot. (Some here will disagree with me on that, but there are way too many factors affecting price that aren't reflected in price per square foot.)

You've overcomplicating things. Forget some set price reduction. Forget price per square foot. Determine what the house is worth, based on comps. Then pay no more than that. Probably offer less. Your Realtor can help you with that strategy.

Hope that helps.
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Shanna Rogers, Agent, Murrieta, CA
Wed Jul 13, 2011
Hi Ohnmarnyi,

There is no magic percent. Have your Realtor do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) using Sold comps within a 1 mile radius of the property (the closer, the better) that have Sold within the last 3 months. This will give you current market value and that is what you should base your offer on.

Good luck.

Shanna Rogers
SR Realty
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Jul 13, 2011
What is your agent advising...if looking to buy, review comps with your agent, recently sold similar properties in the immediate area, then make your determination as to a fair offer....
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