Welcome to another edition of Lowball!
Lowball! takes a look at home sales over the past week from a very different perspective. For those new to Lowball!, a lowball offer is when a buyer offers a significantly lower bid than asking in hopes that the seller accepts the offer. We take a list of home sales over the past week and pick out the sales that have the highest percentage difference between asking price and selling price.The reason for Lowball! is to show buyers that the market has changed and buyers now have considerably more leverage than sellers. Just a short time ago, lowball offers would have been laughed at and discarded, however, not any more. The fact that so many under-asking offers are being accepted is clear proof that the market is changing.
The list does not contain all sales, I hand-pick the most interesting sales from the list. These listings might be the highest dollar drops, biggest percentage reductions, or sales in towns that are thought to still be ‘hot’. Please note, even with double digit percentage reductions, these homes are still incredibly overpriced. This week I tried to grab listings that were more affordable than many I’ve posted in the past.
On to the list!
MLS# 2096239 – West Milford
Asking Price $189,000 (Originally Asking $219,000
Selling Price $150,000 (20.6% Lowball, 31.5% off OLP)
MLS# 2110494 – Mountainside
Asking Price $499,000
Selling Price $425,000 (15% Lowball)
MLS# 2100710 – Bayonne
Asking Price $395,000 (Originally Asking $425,000)
Selling Price $340,000 (14.1% Lowball, 20% off OLP)
MLS# 2108573 – Oakland
Asking Price $429,000
Selling Price $375,000 (12.8% Lowball)
MLS# 2087115 – Madison
Asking Price $1,250,000
Selling Price $1,100,000 (12% Lowball)
MLS# 2095044 – Plainfield
Asking Price $269,900
Selling Price $240,000 (11.1% Lowball)
MLS# 2106708 – Raritan
Asking Price $289,900
Selling Price $260,800 (10% Lowball)
MLS# 2093756 – Clifton
Asking Price $399,900
Selling Price $360,000 (10% Lowball)
MLS# 2084434 – Vernon
Asking Price $310,000 (Originally $324,000)
Selling Price $280,000 (9.7% Lowball, 13.6% off OLP)
MLS# 2082433 – New Providence
Asking Price $439,000
Selling Price $399,000 (9.1% Lowball)
MLS# 2069885 – Wayne
Asking Price $1,155,000 (Originally $1,225,800)
Selling Price $1,060,000 (8.2% Lowball, 13.5% off OLP)
And for the reader that requested Morristown. For the other readers that requested, I didn’t forget you.
MLS# 2108112 – Morristown
Asking Price $219,900
Selling Price$210,000 (4.5% Lowball)