“I put in a complete offer, and I might not get the house. “
When we think about buying a home, we all believe that offering the total price for the house will
result in the home being purchased without any hassles. It means that the seller gets the total
asking price, and they get to forgo the negotiation process. But instead, you now might be in a
That’s right; You found the home for the next steps of your life, which seemed emotional
enough. Then you hear there are multiple offers on the home you can see yourself growing old
in. Is the only tactic to help increase my chances to offer above the asking price? Here’s
five things that can help you navigate this situation.
Five Things to Help in a Seller’s Market:
1. Best Terms for the Seller
The seller of the house is human and has a life as well. Accommodating their needs
could be the things that get you in their old home and into your new one. Moving is
stressful for both sides and helping them with a closing date or their schedule could
make all the difference. Asking the seller agent for these details can not hurt.
2. Contingent Upon
In certain situations, having the buyer make an offer that is NOT contingent upon
inspections. It isn’t the right idea for every buyer or situation, but it can appeal to sellers. Try to talk to your clients about not making offers contingent upon selling another home. If they can. In a multiple-offer situation, we suggest we
make the offer as “clean” as possible. If they can pay their own closing costs, if they
want a home warranty – buy it yourself, if they want title insurance – buy it yourself. Ask
the seller to pay the least amount of additional items possible to help secure the
3. Earnest Money: What Does This Mean?
Rocket Mortgage has a great article about how this works. Earnest money is an amount
Think of it as getting cold feet during the buying process, and it can help decrease the
chance of reverse out of the deal. It allows you to put money in escrow, show the intent
to purchase and can be a way to persuade both parties to move forward with the close.
4. Cash is King
The best financing terms possible – cash – if they can do cash, conventional – if they
can do a conventional loan, then we write the best financing option.
5. Be Patient
Buying and selling a property is never easy for either side. Having an agent who can
navigate you through the expectations is vital to keep you from pulling your hair out
during this life-changing experience.
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