Most recent Chicago home buyers paid 96%+ of list price

50.2% of Recent Chicago Home Buyers Paid 96% of List Price or Higher

50.2% of Recent Chicago Home Buyers Paid 96% of List Price or Higher

It may be a buyers market, but buyers are negotiating a lot less off list prices than you may think.

To find out how much the majority of Chicago home buyers were recently able to negotiate off list prices I looked at all Chicago home sales in the past 6 months. This included houses, condos, townhouses and co-ops.

I filtered out those sales where parking was included in the sale price. For those of you not familiar with the downtown and near downtown real estate market in Chicago, parking spaces are often priced separately, but often negotiated into the final sale price.

The result was that 50.2% of sales were for a sale price that was 96.0% of the list price or higher.

If you would like to get better results than the majority of Chicago home buyers, call (773.793.4516) or email me. Last year my buyers averaged sale prices that were 94% of list prices!

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  1. says

    Hi Rich,

    Good question! The 96.0% is better described as just under the median sale price to list price ratio since almost half (49.8%) of the ratios were below 96.0% and just over half (50.2) were at or above 96.0%.

    The average sale price to list price ratio was 96.8%.

  2. says

    Hi Michael,

    I suspect your comment is based on the assumption that I represent both the buyer and the seller for my listings. I never do. Even though it’s legal, I don’t believe that it’s in the best interests of both parties. In addition, if I did, I couldn’t advise either side during negotiations.

    I only represent buyers for other agents’ listings. Being always free to advise my buyers is part of how I’m able to help them negotiate sale prices that are 94% of list prices on average.

    If I’ve misunderstood what your comment is about, please let me know!

  3. MichaelM says

    I guess what I meant to say was I wouldn’t want you bringing a buyer to my sale and costing me another 2% or be my seller’s agent and help some buyer and her agent save another 2%

  4. says

    It appears then the sellers (with their realtors advice) were pricing their properties realistically. Many sellers today are unrealistic and their expectations are not manageable. Good article.

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