Raise Your Price (But not too Much)Nobody wants to pay too much for a house, but to get the seller on your side, you may need to increase your offer, especially if you started out with a low offer. It’s going to be important to listen to your agent about how much to increase your offer by to make it more appealing to the seller. As your realtor, I’ll be able to use my powers of persuasion to make your offer look more enticing by using similarly priced “comps” in the area. These are homes that have sold that are comparable in terms of size and features. The situation will become stressful and may seem to escalate quickly. You might even feel like you need to do whatever it takes to win. Before you go too far, you’ll need to keep a few things in mind:
- Your lender has pre-approved you for an amount that you must not exceed.
- You have a budget, and you cannot exceed it.
- As badly as you want a house, you need to ensure that your counteroffer is an amount you are comfortable spending. Otherwise you’ll spend all your money on the house and not have any money left over to live your life. And keep in mind, you’re not out of options yet.
Increase Your Earnest Money DepositIncreasing your earnest money deposit (EMD) — the sum of money you put down to prove to the seller you’re serious (i.e., “earnest”) about buying the house — is another way to show the seller you have more skin in the game. A standard EMD is typically 1% to 3% of the sales price of the home. Making a counteroffer with a 3% to 4% deposit could be what you need to persuade the seller to side with you.
Know When to WalkWhen negotiating with a seller, trust your gut — and your agent. If he or she says a deal is bad for you: Listen. And if you don’t want to make any more trade-offs — and the seller won’t budge — it’s smart to walk. That can be a tough decision to make, and rightfully so! Negotiating is tough. It’s draining. And losing something you’ve worked hard to get can be disappointing. But don’t worry. There’s a better deal for you out there. And after those strong feelings of frustration pass, you’ll realize: Now I know how to do this.
6 beds, 5 full baths Home size: 4100 Added: 06/01/20, Last Updated: 09/10/2020 Property Type: Detached Home for Sale MLS Number: VAFX1131702 Subdivision: Riverwood