Lethbridge Real Estate - Good Offers VS Bad Offers

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Good Offers VS Bad Offers

Last night I received an offer on a Lethbridge home for sale that I have listed.  The list price on the property is about $250k and it has only been on the market since the start of the month.  This is the 2nd offer we have received, with the first one being unsuccessful as the purchasers were unable to obtain suitable financing to make it work for them.  They are still in the background, trying to hunt down financing, but for all purposes they are a lost cause on this particular deal. 

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20 years ago I sold these homes for around $80k, at the peak of the market

it sold for $242k, the current owner would like to sell it.  Market value now

is around $210k.  Not good since that is less than his mortgage balance!

When I first started in the Lethbridge real estate industry, almost 18 years ago, any offer that came in and was within about 5% of the list price was considered to be a decent starting price.  At that time, sales prices were typically 2 to 3% off of list price for the majority of the properties listed by credible and active agents.  (i say this because there were a few who were notorious for listing everything for much more that actual value and not ever having any sales).

Back then, we dealt often with multiple offers and offers of full price, and most listed homes were priced fairly and at 'market price'.  Fast forward to now, most of the homes on our current MLS are overpriced.  As a result, offers that are 10% or more from the list price are becoming common.  Personally, I find this unacceptable and a sign of the general decline in the quality of the industry and the agents involved in it, but that is a rant I will save for another post.  The point for this post is that it seems that any offer that is within 10% of list price is now considered an offer that is a 'good offer' and should be treated and negotiated as such.

What is considered a good offer in your market?  Maybe any price?  There are some sellers who would love to see ANY offer, so perhaps 10% isn't as bad as I think?  What do you think?


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Robert W May is a Real Estate Broker in Lethbridge Alberta, having now been in the industry for over 23 years. . He was also a licensed Lethbridge mortgage broker and financing expert with Canada First Mortgage of Calgary Alberta for the past 10 years.  He is an industry leader always willing to help train and educate others in how to improve their business models for financial and personal benefit.




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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Interesting post...in my secondary home marketplace, the buyer is totally in charge of the process!

Aug 14, 2011 09:21 AM #1
Jason Beattie
Professional Realty Group - Edmonton, AB

It is an interesting time Robert.  I believe as some of our peers are getting hungry they are taking listings at what ever price it will take and I don't believe that helps anyone in the process other then the strong Realtors that aren't afraid to tell their Sellers the truth.  In Edmonton, if the home is priced well, it is still selling in a resonable time but it is the volume of listings that we have to sift through to find "reality".

Happy Selling

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