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Address: 1507 Caroline St NW
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Unfinished Basement, Offstreet Parking
List Price at Contract: $649,000.
Original List Price: $789,000.
Actual Sale Price: $600,000.
Settlement Date: 14 January 2009
Days on Market: 75
This home was originally featured as a Good Deal of Not? (GDoN) back when it was listed at it’s high of $789,000 (which can be seen here. Not surprisingly, the PoP reader commentary thought the price for the small house was quite high. Apparently the Seller was motivated and did a smart one shot heavy duty 6 figure price reduction a little more than a month into the listing. It took about three weeks from the price reduction to get to contract. (In all fairness, the reduction happened a little before Thanksgiving, which may have slowed the process).
So, was it a good deal? Comps can be seen here, including the listing for this home (scroll through to see). Note nearly identical 1518 Caroline St NW, which settled in April for $500,000. I suspect that 1507 Caroline St NW, the subject property, was in livable condition but in need of updating, while 1518 Caroline St NW sounds like it needed a lot of work (and it settled with a $150,000. rehab loan).
The property had last sold back in 2001 for $400,000, back when it was painted white. Update from last week after the jump.
Update from Last Week’s GDoN-R: 1901 19th St NW #301
List Price: $500,000.
Settled Sales Price: $460,000.
Seller Subsidy: None
Settlement Date: 22 January 2009
Days on Market (including at least one contract that fell through): 110
Comps in Area: click here