Comparables are the MOST that property should cost at retail. Since we are looking for properties at wholesale or dealer costs, you figure how much it will cost to get the property on the market, which should include acquisition costs, fix up, holding costs, permits everything. We will call all that for sakes of example fix up (example fixup $20,000) Subtract that from the comparables (example comp $100,000- fixup$20,000= true cost$80,000). Subtract the amount you need to earn from that deal (true cost$80,000 – profit $20,000= $60,000) You can offer $60,000 for the property.
The advantage of using comparable sales is that instead of making your calculation on asking or listed prices, you are making your decision based on real sales…what the property is most likely going to sell for. I have one of those subscriptions and I suggest you actually put eyes on the houses that it calls up for comparables. Houses just 2 streets over can sell for a whole lot more or less and you need to see it to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
Always throw out the high (a person that was in love with the house) and the low (a distressed sale) and average the others. I would like at least 3 comparables that look and feel like the one you have. But using the 2 you have, it looks like your price may be a good one.
Also make sure that these houses are in the same subdivision and section of that subdivision (Lakewood section 7) on the property description because section 7 and section 8 may be significant.