. . . Capitulation?

Here’s the latest pricing activity at what I’ll call “Motivated in Minnetonka”:

7/17/09: old price – $595k; new price – $585k
8/7/09: old price – $585k; new price – $575k
8/19/09: old price- $575k; new price – $565k
8/26/09: old price – $565k; new price – $555k
9/3/09: old price – $555k; new price – $545k
9/9/09: old price – $545k; new price; $535k

So what happened next?

Three hours after dropping the price $10k on Wednesday, the Sellers did something unexpected: they took a whopping, $35k price cut — to $500k.

“Motivated in Minnetonka”

Only the listing agent and Seller know for sure, but you’d guess one of two things is going on: the Seller is out of time, and is capitulating on price in order to get a deal; or, there are a couple of prospective Buyers circling but “sitting on the fence.”

If the latter scenario applies, the rationale for taking one, last dramatic price cut is to create a sense of urgency amongst the “fence-sitters.”

Often times, the ensuing competition for the home results in the Seller recouping at least some of the last price drop — a phenomenon I refer to as “bouncing off the bottom.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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