For the third time in the past 4 weeks, I have been contacted by a buyer who chose to call me directly instead of having their agent call me because their offer was not accepted. In each case, I have told the agent-and the buyer when they called- that I'd be happy to know what comparable sale they used to justify their price. In each case, I have heard the same thing in lieu of any other fact: It is a buyer's market.
This is what I wrote earlier this week on the "buyer's market:"
the "buyer's market" phrase was thrown around as if it were some childhood game wildcard phrase that granted immunity from logic or true market forces.
In other words, there were no other sales they could use to justify their price- it was just a speculative pipe dream.
One of the properties we are dealing with is a condominium in Chappaqua in the Old Farm Lake complex. Even though the 4th quarter of 2011 was not good and prices across the Westchester market were down about 5% from last year, the condominium market in Chappaqua is actually up. Here are some facts:
- In 2009, the median price of a condo in Chappaqua was $453,000.
- In 2010, the median price of a condo in Chappaqua was $467,000.
- In 2011, the median price of a condo in Chappaqua was $505,000.