Why so many property listings advertised as ‘bargains’ sell above the asking price

In Tuscon, Ariz., when a home listing is described as a “bargain,” that’s a pretty clear indication that the price is in fact a steal. But in Cape Coral, Fla. that’s far from the case.

A new report from real-estate website Trulia examined how often listings advertised as a bargain were, indeed, bargains. The analysis had some good news for people in one of the country’s most competitive housing markets: Homebuyers had the best shot of finding truthful listings in San Jose, Calif.

In the Silicon Valley city, more than 86% of “bargain” listings were actually priced below the home’s estimated value.

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