When it comes to buying a home, the ability and willingness to negotiate is a must. In general, sellers ask for more than they are actually willing to accept and buyers initially offer less than they are actually willing to pay. As the buyer, you will have the best chance at a successful negotiation if you research the price of other comparable homes in the area before making your offer. The best way to determine what you should pay is by considering what other buyers in the area have paid for similar properties. Your Realtor will be able to provide you with a comparable market analysis for the prospective property, which will assist you in finding these recent sales figures.
Lastly, be realistic when you’re ready to put in your offer to buy. Nothing will hurt your chances of future negotiations more than insulting the seller with a low-ball offer. Remember that the trick to landing yourself the best deal is to find the balance between your high-water mark and the seller’s low-water mark. You want to work with the seller to find a point where both parties come out feeling good about the transaction. You should also remember that not every offer is accepted, so don’t be disheartened if your first offer isn’t a winner. In most cases, the seller will make a counteroffer for your consideration and negotiations can continue from there.
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