It’s a great feeling to get an offer on your home, but there can be a lot of details that go into seeing the negotiation through to completion. If your home is currently on the market and you’re expecting buyers to snap it up soon, here’s what you’ll need to know to get your ideal price in no time at all.
Remember To Counter Offer
A potential buyer will generally offer you a price that is lower than what they are willing to pay to see if they can get it, so it’s important to not get so excited by it that you give up on negotiating. While it’s a necessity to be a little flexible on price, it’s still important to get an offer you can feel good about.
Give Them Time, But Not Too Much
It’s important to give buyers the time needed to mull over any counter offers or final negotiations, but you don’t want to stave off other potential buyers in the interim. Instead of missing out on other viable buyers, give the interested party a frame of time to decide so they and you can walk away without hesitation when it’s passed.
Continue To Communicate
If you don’t express any measure of interest for a buyer’s offer, there’s a good chance they’ll walk away, so ensure you’re communicating clearly about your price expectations and the value of your home. By keeping the potential buyer aware of your reasoning and timelines, they’ll probably be impressed by your professionalism, which can work in your favor.
Don’t Forget About Home Repairs
It may be easy to forget about the importance of the home inspection, but any issues uncovered can change the offer price of your home or cause negotiation breakdown if there’s a significant problem. Instead of getting derailed, ensure that you’re willing to drop down your purchase price to cover necessary repairs or get the fixes made yourself so the deal can move forward.
There are a lot of details to work out when it comes to selling a home, but negotiations are key in maintaining a potential buyer’s interest. By keeping the communication lines open and being clear about your timeline, you may be well on your way to a home sale. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, contact me. I have 20+ years of real estate negotiation and sales experience. Developing a strategy early on leads to quick success.
Some say winter is not a good time to be on the market, but I have found the cold months bring out the really serious buyers. Sellers who list early have an edge on the market, especially in these times of very low inventory. Let’s talk.
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