Roberta and Johnny can’t wait to dump the Squamish condo townhouse they bought three years ago. “It was supposed to be an investment,” she says, “not a nightmare.” Not that the tenant’s much trouble. She’s not. But it’s tough to know what you paid $499,000 for thirty-seven months ago is now worth $358,000.
At least, that’s the offer they have. Worse, the deal has hair on it. Lots of conditions. Long close. Small deposit. Not much of an offer at all, actually. But better than no offer, the alternative in a town where the market’s died.
Johnny writes: “A side note of potential interest is that the owner of a comparable unit in the same complex priced $100K (yes, one hundred) over ours and that has been sitting on the market without viewings for months, if not a year now, called me the other day and left a message saying that he wanted to talk to me about my price. He felt that I would be leaving “a lot of money on the table” and gave indication that I must not understand the state of the market in the area very well. In the meantime, another comparable brand new unit (one of many that are coming out) in a complex down the street was just listed under headlines of ‘receivership pricing’ for $345K. Needless to say I haven’t called him back.”
- Excerpts from a story relayed by Garth Turner at greaterfool.ca 29 Nov 2011
Sellers compete with other sellers, not with buyers. – vreaa