Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tips on Making an Offer to Purchase Real Estate

Tips on Making a House Offer

When you’ve done shopping around for a new house, you and your family has finally decided on one that is perfect for your family. It is now time to make an offer for that house. The offer you can give on a home can be quite tricky since you do not want to offend the seller by offering a very low price on it and you do not want to pay too much as well just to get that home of your dreams..
Below are some tips to help you make an offer to the home you are willing to buy and own.
1. Ask the advice of a real estate agent or even friends and family who are very knowledgeable in these matters. An agent is not supposed to recommend an asking price for a home but the information he or she can give you will help you a lot on what to offer the seller. An agent especially, has a lot of knowledge when it comes to homes in the market.
2. Find out the history of the home you are interested in. You can find out if the seller has bought it in a down market. More or less you will be able to pay the same price or near to the price your seller bought it for. This can help you to determine a good price for the home.
3. It is helpful to check out prices in the market. If you are in a seller’s market, the seller might not want to go lower than the list price. If you are in a buyer’s market, you might be able to talk the seller into the price you are willing to offer for the house.
4. Try to compare houses that have more or less similar features to the house you wish to buy. This is one way of getting a better estimate of the price you can offer for the home. If you know the prices of other homes, then you can offer a reasonable price to offer the seller.
5. Make sure to set your limit. Do not go beyond your means just to get the house you want. If you think the price is too high for you and it may cause difficulty later on in paying it off, explain to the seller your offer and try to see if he or she is willing to accept it.
7. Some homeowners have emotional attachment to the home they are about to leave. You may be able to get a deal in your favor if you tell them that you love their home and you are very much interested in buying it. Sellers might prefer to sell a house to a buyer who empathize with them. Be careful in doing so because some seller might take advantage and will demand for a very high price for the house.
8. Do not hesitate to negotiate money off the asking price. If the home survey reveals some faults or damages in the home that might need repairs and your money put into it, consider this when you offer a price to the seller.
With this information, you can start to narrow down your asking price options and hopefully will lead you to a decision. This way you and your family can have the house of your dreams soon!