Lumen Condos Sell Out at Auction

Lumen Condos Auction Signfindwell was in attendance today at the Lumen Condo Auction at the Hyatt in downtown Seattle. The condo developer was auctioning off the remaining 16 unsold homes for this development located in Lower Queen Anne in Seattle. After selling an initial allotment of condos, the developer struggled to sell-out the building and resorted to an auction format to drive buyer interest. It appears that the auction was a success, as all remaining homes were sold, except for the penthouse. Apparently they are auctioning the penthouse later this month after prospective buyers have had a chance to view it.

Michael Willson, one of our findwell agents, was in attendance representing our clients who were bidding. They placed bids on three separate condos, but were outbid on each occasion, so today was a bit of a disappointment for them. However, they had their bid strategy and price limits set ahead of the auction and stuck to them, not letting themselves get wrapped up in the excitement of the event.

The room at the Hyatt was standing-room only, with ~200 people in attendance. While the auctioneer did his best to try to coax bidders, it did lack some of the frenzy that we saw back at the DR Horton auction in December. It appeared that there were ~3-5 active bidders participating for each condo.

Lumen Condos Auction

Results from the auction are listed in the table below. On average, condos were bid up 39% over their Minimum Bid, with an average price of $345/sq ft. This is certainly a far cry from their “Previous Offering Prices” which averaged $560/sq ft. Winning bids were an average of 38% below the “Previous Offering Prices.”

Unit #

Bedrooms/Baths

Sq Ft

Previous Price

Minimum Bid

Winning Bid

% over min

$/Sq Ft

T109 1 Bed / 1 Bath 629 $ 352,240 $ 155,000 $ 275,000 77% $437
F235 1 Bed / 1 Bath 743 $ 416,080 $ 175,000 $ 290,000 66% $390
C220 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,034 $ 579,040 $ 260,000 $ 350,000 35% $338
T303 2 Bed/1 Bath 1,075 $ 602,000 $ 275,000 $ 415,000 51% $386
T305 1 Bed/1 Bath 812 $ 454,720 $ 175,000 $ 320,000 83% $394
C218 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,010 $ 565,600 $ 260,000 $ 380,000 46% $376
F329 1 Bed + Loft/2 Bath 1,631 $ 913,360 $ 395,000 $ 560,000 42% $343
T103 2 Bed/1 Bath 1,075 $ 602,000 $ 275,000 $ 410,000 49% $381
M215 2 Bed/1.5 Baths 1,266 $ 708,960 $ 325,000 $ 370,000 14% $292
C223 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,034 $ 579,040 $ 260,000 $ 345,000 33% $334
R328 1 Bed + Loft/1 Bath 1,003 $ 561,680 $ 260,000 $ 305,000 17% $304
C219 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,034 $ 579,040 $ 260,000 $ 330,000 27% $319
M214 2 Bed/1.5 Baths 1,272 $ 712,320 $ 325,000 $ 355,000 9% $279
C222 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,034 $ 579,040 $ 260,000 $ 330,000 27% $319
M216 2 Bed/1.5 Baths 1,286 $ 720,160 $ 325,000 $ 395,000 22% $307
C221 1 Bed + Den/1.5 Bath 1,014 $ 567,840 $ 260,000 $ 330,000 27% $325
Average 39% $345

Ben Huh provided a video of today’s auction on YouTube: