If you have ever listened to the sports show The Herd hosted by Colin Cowherd you might know that on his show on Mondays he talks about sporting events over the weekend. He then goes on to discuss where he was right and where he was wrong in some of his predictions. I want to do a little of the same here and discuss one of my previous posts. In that post I mentioned a few penthouse units that were on the market, Pinnacle #1403 and Elizabeth #1502. I mentioned that I really liked #1502 at the Elizabeth.
Where I was right: I said that with patience, a buyer was going to really be able to pick up a good buy on this one!
Where I was wrong: I said a buyer might be able to pick it up for $300,000 to $400,000 off of its value at The Elizabeth! Boy….was I wrong!
The other unit, #1403 at Pinnacle sold on 5/3/2019 for $2,200,000 or $99,000 off of it’s recently reduced price. Now the buyer was probably thinking “ya, I got an ok buy, not a great buy, but ok!” (now to remind you, this penthouse was just 2600 sq. ft.)
On 5/8/2019…3 days later, the buyer of 1403 was probably saying… “Oh no!” because on that day Elizabeth #1502 just closed for …. Drum roll please…. $1,900,000! Ouch!
This penthouse was much larger and had less obstructed views. Now is the buyer of #1403 thinking they grossly overpaid? Now here is the Where I was wrong part comes into play. This unit had it’s priced reduced from $2,995,000 to $2,695,000. I was thinking $300,000 to $400,000 off of that price is where it was going to sell for. Normally, I would be saying “Awesome job” by the buyers agent that got his client such a great deal….however, not this time because buyers agent was also the listing agent! Who was the agent really working for here? You have heard me say before there are times when I will handle both sides of the transaction and other times when I would not touch it with a 10 foot pole. Well, this was one of those ten foot pole times! How does the buyer pick up this penthouse for $795,000 off of the “reduced” list price? The other consideration to look at is the fact that I also had a penthouse listing in that same building ( it was smaller 1 bedroom penthouse) and it sold for full price in 6 days! It closed two weeks before #1502.
When you are an agent handling both sides, it can be a tricky situation. In the situation of #1502, the listing agent took over the listing from another agent who had last priced it at $3,199,000. The new (current) agent took over the listing and convinced the seller that the price should be reduced to $2,995,000 ( I am gussing that agent said ”this is where I think I can get it sold!”) Now, 9 months later, this agent allows his client to sell it for One Million Dollars less? Wow. This is really a total head scratcher to me, especially after just selling the other penthouse in the building at full price. Did the buyer get a good price? I think a VERY good price! And while this is great for the buyer, I am not totally happy because I worked with some buyers who bought another penthouse at The Elizabeth 3 years ago… and it affects their value now. The market has not been going down the last 3 years!
What is the reason that this unit sold for $1,000,000 less that what the agent originally said it was worth? I don’t have the answer to this. This will end up being a tremendous purchase for the buyer. Not so good for the seller!
I mentioned how, with patience, you can get good values. I really did not see this one coming though. Now, the new buyer will pick up a stunning penthouse and put some money into it ( total kitchen remodel) and have an amazing unit. Let’s say this buyer invest $400,000 into this unit. At $2,300,000, you will have one of the nicest penthouse condos in town for $668 a sq. ft.! Compare this to the smaller penthouse units being offered at Vista for $1044 to $1228 a sq. ft. You have heard me talking about the benefits of buying some of the older penthouse units and putting some money into them… this is a prime example, and you will get to choose all of your finishes to your taste and chances are they will be even a little more higher end than what you will get at Vista …and for almost half the price per square foot! This new penthouse comp in the market will certainly NOT help to sell those remaining penthouses at Vista.
The current market is an interesting one.We continue you see many price reductions on properties. With that said, condos in desirable buildings like The Cosmopolitan, if priced right, will sell in a short time. There are many units in the market, but special units, units that are not so typical can go quickly.
In a previous post I mentioned that buyers who have patience will be rewarded. We have seen many properties that have gone through 5-6 price reductions. Condos that were way overpriced are getting pummeled , especially those that have had that many reductions. A good example of this is a condo I have talked about before is the penthouse #1502 at the Elizabeth. That penthouse was originally priced at $3,650,000… a number that was incredibly high from the start. Now, after another price reduction, it is now priced at $2,695,000. If you may recall, when I previously mentioned this unit it was at $2,995,000 and I said I really liked it but that you will be able to pick it up at a better price later. That time is here! And now that it has struggled for a year on the market and gone through 5 price reductions, the sharks are circling and will eventually get an even better deal on this on. If you can pick up this one for $2,400,000 to $2,500,000 and add $100,000 for a new kitchen…you will have one stunning unit for a price much less than you will find in new buildings like Vista and The Cosmopolitan. In 2016 I sold a similar penthouse (#1406) in the same building. This would have been the ideal comp when listing #1502 and if it would have been priced correctly, maybe $2,850,000 to $2,950,000, it probably would have sold. Now, because it was so overpriced, it will probably sell for $300,000 to $400,000 less than it should have.
While I am talking about penthouses, I would like to revisit the new Vista condominiums. This seems to be a subject that my clients keep bringing up. When I wrote about the Vista penthouses in a previous posting: https://luxurycondosofportland.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/why-are-the-vista-penthouses-not-selling/ I believe at the time they had 1 penthouse sold and 2 were pending. (out of a total of 6) Now it looks like the two pending units fell out of escrow and only #2012 has sold at a price of $3,075,000. There are still 5 of the 6 penthouse units on the market.
Portland is soon to see two of its most expensive condos hit the market! Both of these penthouse condos will be in the $6,000,000 range. Based on their square footage they will be priced at $1192 to $1370 a square foot. Keep in mind, Vista #2112 is $1228 a foot. The difference is that both of the new penthouse listings are 7 to 10 floors higher. They are also totally custom with very high end finishes. If you are in the market for a large, stunning $6,000,000 condo, give me a call and I can give you a heads up as to where these penthouses are and to get more information, give me a call.
Are you looking for something a little more affordable? You will begin to see more condos coming on the market. Many will stay on the market for awhile and others will not. The ones that won’t are ones that are more unique like a special corner unit in a building or something like a 1 bedroom penthouse unit. When you have a condo that is unique, the urgency to not miss out is much higher. When you have 10 to 15 condos that are very similar like interior units at the Edge, Elizabeth, Gregory and the Elliot, there is no urgency or fear of loss. As you move forward in your search for a condo, work with a specialist, someone that understands the condo market and understands why one unit at $600 a ft make sense while another one does not. Just as a $6,000,000 penthouse at $1190 to $1370 a foot can make more sense than the very linear penthouse units at Vista priced at $1050 to $1228 a foot or why the 04 units at Vista were priced correctly and made sense at $922 a foot.
In my post about the Vista penthouses (see link above) I mentioned that the views from The Cosmopolitan were much better in the floors 19, 20 and 21st than those same floors at Vista. A 20th floor unit at Cosmo just went pending at $1122 a foot. Compare that to one of the 20th floor penthouses at Vista and there is no question…the views from the Cosmopolitan unit is far better and the amount of windows and natural light make it hands down a better value!
Brad Golik is a 15 year real estate veteran and is a condominium specialist with the market leader…Christie’s International Real Estate. You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at his website http://www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com
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Yesterday I attended a Mastermind meeting that was an invite only meeting for some of Portland’s top agents. The speaker was very good and covered many good real estate topics. One thing that stood out to me though was something very simple and something we, as agents, hear every year. The National Association of Realtors does a survey every year with real estate customers asking them what is the most important thing to them in working with an agent. You might be thinking it should be a “Knowledgable” agent or something about commissions. Once again the #1 answer was honesty! Buyers and sellers want an honest agent, someone they can trust to have their backs.
I bring this up in my blog because of some recent things I have seen in the market. One of those things is the recent bombardment of ads from Redfin and their new 1% listing fee. Right out of the gate, they are missing the #1 thing people want from their broker, honesty! That 1% listing fee is very misleading because the actual cost to the seller is 3.5% ( On top of the 1% they still have to pay the buyer’s agent 2.5%) One of the reasons that the Redfins and Zillows of the world are not doing great is because they are corporations that care about the bottom line…and not the client! Starting off with a lie, in any business, is not your best way to build trust! Unlike the corporations, agents are independent contractors ( even if they work for a larger chain brokerage firm) These independent contractors care about their clients more …it is their livelihood at stake.
I see many ads that are misleading or just plain wrong. I recently saw a website of a new agent. On their website and Instagram site, they state that they are a “Luxury Home” specialist! It is very funny to me, and not exactly honest, that someone who has not been in the market but a few months and not sold a home over $700,000 claims to be a “Luxury Home” specialist? The worst thing is that I know this person. I really wanted to call her and say to her that the #1 thing people want is honesty and you are starting off with something that is not true. I did not call her because I feel it is not my place to do so, but I wish somebody would because it would do her more good in the long run.
Honesty comes in many different forms. I very much appreciate agents that are trying to get a new listing that are honest in their pricing! I see so often agents that overpromise the pricing to get a listing over another agent. What happens in the end is VERY familiar, the home sits on the market forever with no offers, the agent then starts doing multiple price reductions and then finally the home sells well below where it should have if it were priced correctly. Unfortunately that agent still gets rewarded and the agent that was honest in their pricing, the one that might have sold it for a higher price , gets nothing!
There are many really good agents out there. There are many that give you all that they have to do the job right…and that means putting their needs aside and working for the clients best interest to capture the best price for their clients and take care of all of their needs.
In years to come, you may have multiple options in selling your home. We have begun to see programs that are trying to disrupt the way homes are sold. The interesting thing here is that none of these new programs care about getting you a premium when you sell. It is just about selling the home and collecting a fee. I know, as a person that has been in real estate for 15 years, if I had someone sell a house for me it would be someone that I know has my back and truly cares about me and my finances. It would be someone that I know would spend money to market my home in many different avenues to give it the most exposure ( the big corporate discounters will NOT be doing this!) When an agent does this, more times than not, they will sell that home for a premium price…a price that far exceeds the amount of discount that the corporation says they will be “Saving” you.
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In the end it all gets back to what clients are looking for…honesty! The client can be reassured that the person they hired really does care about them and their finances. The agent is upfront from the beginning ( no bate and switch) They can be comfortable in knowing that that the price they are suggesting is accurate and in the end, that agent will do everything that they said they would do!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com You can reach him at 503-896-8856 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any agent can continuously reduce pricing of a condo…and at some point, it will sell! Our goal is not to just sell a condo but to maximize the price for the seller and still sell in a reasonable amount of time. There are many agents out there that do little to no marketing for their listings because they believe it will sell on it’s own by just being in the MLS (see Redfin) Some think they can get away with only point and shoot photos and that is the extent of their “Marketing”. I am here to say that as things slow down an agent must get that listing in front of buyer’s and buyer’s agents as often as possible. I have seen many agents get fired because of their lack of advertising a listing… I have yet to see an agent fired because they did too much advertising! Now, doing a lot of advertising does not mean that is the best route. But when you combine a good quality campaign around a listing, feature it often in a classy, professional way, I believe the quality of the offers, not just the quantity of offers that come in will also be better!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with Total Property Resources and LuxuryCondosofPortland.com You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856 or by email at email@example.com
Brad Golik is a condo specialist with LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Total Property Resources in the Pearl District. You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday morning I was at a coffee shop reviewing new condo listings that just came on the market. I noticed that the lady next to me was looking at my laptop watching what I was doing. After not too long, she asked me if I was a real estate agent. I said that I was…and then she unloaded with a recent experience she had had in buying a condo. The woman, whom I will call Jan, told me she had such a frustrating experience with the agent she had used. To make matters even worse, this agent also happened to be an agent that was referred to her by a friend of hers. As I dug a little deeper to how this agent was referred, it turns out the friend referred her because she was a very nice person! Now I have been in this business for almost 15 years and the one thing I can say is there are MANY nice people in the business. But, I can also say that many of these same people are not agents that I would hire knowing what I know! Jan told me that it was very frustrating during the searching period because this agent knew very little about the condominium market. She said she spent so much time walking around buildings looking for lockboxes…and this was her first clue that she did not deal with condominiums very often. The second thing that she said was frustrating was that whenever she asked her about the pricing of a condo they looked at, the standard answer was “It seems fairly priced!”
This is a very typical situation that I see all of the time in the Pearl District, South Waterfront and Downtown. Many buyers may get referred to an agent that a friend suggest…maybe an agent they had used or heard about out in the suburbs. The condo market is very different than dealing with homes out in Lake Oswego or Tigard. I have often written on the importance of working with a specialist. If I were selling a home in Lake Oswego, you can bet that I would want to use an agent that sells there often and knows the pricing and other aspects of selling in that area or at the very least, someone that is VERY good with marketing! Same goes with condos and lofts. I have often said to sellers that a typical agent cannot just flip on a switch and be great at marketing to condo buyers when 99.5% of their time they are marketing to buyers of suburban homes…in several different areas!
One of the reasons you hire an agent is for their expertise and knowledge, or at least it should be! An agent can be nice, but they also need to know what they are doing. Being nice is fine but when it comes to negotiating, that agent needs to be tough and always put their clients best interest first and not “cave” with another agent that is tougher with negotiating! When the time comes for a person to sell their condo, a condo specialist is even more important! Having an agent that is constantly marketing to condo buyers is important. Hiring an agent that spends most of their time marketing to buyers looking in Tigard, Gresham or Wilsonville may not be the best way to go…even if that agent is a very nice person!
Jan said the last straw was when she got to closing she was surprised that she had to pay a Move-in/Move-Out fee that was close to $400 and also was shocked to find out she had to pay a 1 time capital contribution fee equal to 2 months HOA fees… 2 things her agent never mentioned because she did not know about. (this is disclosed in the HOA documents) I felt bad for Jan but it is something I see all of the time.
Every week as I look at new listings, as I was doing in the coffee shop, I am amazed at the number of new listings that come on the market that are listed by agents that don’t deal with condominiums. The one thing that always amazes me is I never get a postcard or an email about their condo listing! As a condo specialist, I make sure that every agent that deals with condos and lofts gets a video about my new condo listing. Why? Because I know that the other agents that deal with condos often have their pipelines filled with CONDO buyers!
I enjoyed my conversation with Jan and in the process met a new friend over a cup of coffee! In time, hopefully Jan will refer me to a friend. But hopefully, it will not be because I am nice. Hopefully it will be because I am nice…with knowledge!
Brad Golik is a condominium specialist with http://www.LuxuryCondosofPortland.com and Total Property Resources in the Pearl District. You can reach Brad at 503-896-8856
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