"The average list price for similar homes for sale is $169,783 and the average sales price for similar recentl

Asked by Nope, Not tellin' Sun Apr 26, 2009

"The average list price for similar homes for sale is $169,783 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $220,586". I don't understand how this can be, is it a mistake? Which is right? It makes a very big difference in what I would consider offering. (Property is 6708 SE 71st Ave. Portland, OR 97206). Thanks!

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June Lizotte,…, , Portland, OR
Mon Apr 27, 2009

Thank you for your question.
I just ran a data search on this area. Criteria I used was homes w/ 2 bed 1 ba, built between 1920 and 1970 and within a radius of 1 mile of 6708 SE 71st either in active or sold satus- going back 8 months. Only 13 properties fell within this criteria (which is similar criteria one should most likely use if trying to find good comps for this property).
Results were:
Price per sf was varied from 96/sf up to 186/sf due to the wide range of properties including bank owned and short sale listings. The average price per sf was $136.00
Median listing price of homes currently in active status is $219,900.
Median listed price of sold homes was $189,900
Median sold price $179,950

This is reflective of a 5% decrease in the listed price. Very normal. The numbers you quoted must have included homes that would actually not have similar criteria because I am not seeing the report you received as accurate. There are a variety of homes in and around that listing but not all of them would be comparible to this home for various reasons, too far removed in construction date, condition, size,, some are short sales, bank owned and some are just badly priced even though they would be comps. The comps need to be accurate.

I wanted to take the time to actually do the work to see if that information you received was accurate because I've showed quite a few properties in that area. Those numbers aren't based on precision- based comps. However, this property is a challenge for today's market as it was purchased in October 2007 for 215K and they are trying to get enough to cover the fees to sell it...this is precisely what we are facing with many properties..they purchased at the top of the market a couple years ago when things were hopping and price wars drove prices up...and now their property value has decreased and they are not wanting to face the facts. Even the numbers I ran showed them overpriced by about 10K IF their property was ALL Living Space, but there is some unfinished square feet in that property, which in my opinion makes that property worth less. At the same time, I've been in that house and it's a real nice property with a very nice lot, garage and location with no deferred maintenance that I could visually see, which definitely makes this property attractive except for the fact purchasing at the list price will be paying too much for today's market. And it appears the sellers would be upside down if they sold it for much less than they paid for it.

I hope this helps. If you need someone who will work hard for you as your search for a home I would love the opportunity. You can feel free to use all the services on my web site with a secure login of your choosing. Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to set up an appointment to focus a search for your new home.

June Lizotte
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Portland, OR 97222
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Dirk Knudsen…, Agent, Hillsboro, OR
Sun Apr 26, 2009

Nice name. I have not heard that one before... ;)

ok try this.


This is a great way to shop. I looked at comps. The home is a bit too high for the sf and area. There are solds on that map that you can see as well. Click the button in the upper right corner and hit set filter. Try some of the Birds Eye mapping and other features as well. I think you will find this very helpful as you compare.

Best wishes and of course I can send you far better data than anything you will find online.

Best wishes;

Dirk Knudsen
Re/Max Hall of Fame
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Kevin Levy, Agent, Portland, OR
Sun Apr 26, 2009
Sometimes, the homes that are actually selling in that Portland neighborhood and not just sitting on the market are selling for the $220k price range because they might be less of a fixer, more desirable...etc. and sell quicker.
But the average "list price" as stated from Trulia from that particular neighborhood is around $169k. All because they are listed at that average doesn't mean that that will be the average of the homes that are sold.
Please feel free to follow up or ask any other real estate questions you may have.

Kevin Levy
View all homes for sale of Portland's interactive neighborhood map.
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