- Pay for the Home Warranty Yourself Sellers will occasionally offer a prospective buyer a home warranty. This is a plan that, according to Angie’s List, costs around $300 to $600 and covers the repair of larger home appliances, such as the air conditioner and hot water heater, if they malfunction within a certain time period after purchasing the home. Usually the time period is one year. If you want the home warranty but feel that buying it yourself would ease negotiations, tell the seller they don’t need to cover it – then buy it yourself. Regardless of who buys the warranty, you will be responsible for paying the service fee, usually between $50 and $100, if something needs to be repaired while under warranty. You must remember that a home warranty is separate and different from homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance covers your home’s structure and possessions in case of a fire, storm, flood, or other accident. If you take out a mortgage, homeowners insurance is required, and it can costs around $300 to $1,000 each year.
Raise Your Price (But be Reasonable)While you don’t want to overpay for a house, you may have to offer more money, especially if your first offer was a lowball offer. Listen to your agent’s advice about how much to increase your offer by to make it more enticing to the seller. As your realtor, I will be able to make your counteroffer look even more appealing by bringing attention to the prices of other homes in the area of similar size and with similar features. Although the situation may seem to be escalating quickly and will get stressful, you need to make sure you don’t make any impulsive decisions. In order to make sure you don’t go overboard, we will keep a few things in mind:
- No matter what, you won’t be able to exceed the amount your mortgage company pre-approved you for.
- You should not overextend your budget.
- You want to keep your counteroffer reasonable so that you can enjoy your new home but also keep living your life. Besides, you aren’t out of options yet.
Increase Your Earnest Money DepositIncreasing your earnest money deposit (EMD), which is the amount of money you put down to show you’re interested in the house, is another way to show the seller you are serious about the offer. The EMD is usually 1% to 3% of the sales price of the home. Offering 3% to 4% may be what will persuade the seller to accept your offer.
4 beds, 2 full, 2 part baths
Home size: 2,442 sqft
Added: 04/22/21, Last Updated: 04/22/2021
Property Type: Detached Home for Sale
MLS Number: VAFX1193192
List Price: 899000.00-->