You seem to have had your eye on this property for a while since you began asking about it a few months back. I assume you have been in it. Perhaps not. Are you working w/ that agent? Our National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics, as well as my personal code of ethics guide me to respect the existing relationships between Realtors and their clients. When a poster comes to Trulia and asks a generic question, I am happy to respond. The nature of this question really is one that is explored between an active buyer and his/her agent. Diane is 100% correct in her answer. The offer and acceptance amount depend entirely upon the motivation of both the buyer and the seller. One seller might refuse to counter to a low offer, while another will enertain discussions. If I were your buyers agent, I would be contacting the sellers agent and finding out as much as I could so that the buyer (you) could make his/her decision based upon the most information available. The question you pose is one that we, as Realtors, frequently come across. My answer is a discussion with the buyer about their motivation level, the info received from the sellers agent, and a review of the comps that will be used to support the offer. If you have an agent, do pursue these discussions with your agent.
Deborah Madey - Broker