Real Estate --- Purchase Negotiations
Many sellers are a bit nervous when their first offers come in to buy their home. Theyíre not always as high as a seller may have hoped. However, itís important to remember your negotiating power. Any real estate contract can be negotiated.
You can counter the offer by asking for what you want. The real estate agent is required by law to submit to you any offers which may come into their office. Agents have to present all offers no matter what they think of them. You may not like some of the offers you see. This is fine. At least there are interested parties. The time to get scared is when there are no offers.
Let's say you are offering your home for $745,000. The market analysis showed that this was a similar price for your neighborhood. The buyer has presented an offer of $725,000 and has asked for certain things. They want you to pay the closing costs and three points. This is not really a great offer. It could be worse, but it is not one you should say yes to. It is also not one you should just rip up and storm away from either.
Stop and think about it for a moment. You know you have someone who is interested in your home. This is a good sign. You need to figure a way to save the deal and make everyone happy.
You already knew you would look at offers under the asking price. You also knew you would accept the first one which offered $739,000. Time to get your agentís professional opinion prior to countering the offer. You may offer to pay the closing costs and the points if the buyer will agree to the full price.
The buyer may walk away from the deal. He may also realize this is perfect and accept it. You can only see what the outcome is. The buyer may also decide to respond to the offer again. This is how the negotiations work with a real estate deal.
You may also feel you are bound by just the paperwork of the original contract. This is not true. You can add an addendum to make sure everything you and the buyer have agreed upon is in writing. By adding an addendum you know exactly what is predetermined between both parties. This means there is less confusion. Each party involved understands what is happening. No one can claim they did not understand the contract.
You must know while the paperwork is under negotiations, it is an agreement. Once everything has been negotiated and agreed upon with signatures from all the parties involved, it becomes a contract. This contract is upheld by the courts. This is why negotiations are imperative. You want to make sure everything you want, need, or expect to be done is worded in the agreement so everyone understands. After the negotiations, you are bound by the contract.
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