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Prepare a Purchase Offer
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DETERMINING VALUE

Determining property value is an inexact science. There may be a range of value versus price. Fair market value is what a ready, willing and able buyer is willing to pay from an arm’s length perspective. The final sales price is ultimately determined by the market – the Seller and the Buyer.

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LIST PRICE

The price at which the seller lists the property for sale. It is the responsibility of the seller to determine the listing price of their property based upon sound advice from a real estate licensee.

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MARKET VALUE

The most probable price a property should bring if exposed for sale in an open and competitive market, allowing a reasonable timeframe to fine a buyer. Both parties are fully informed; neither is under undue influence.

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SALE PRICE

Also known as “Market Price,” this is the price at which the property ultimately sells as determined by the cooperative efforts of the buyer and seller.

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MY TECHNIQUE

I conduct a thorough competitive market analysis of the property you want to purchase as well as any comparable listings – ideally, within the last six months. I also analyze market conditions and trends to help you select a target price to offer for the home.​

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NEGOTIATING STRATEGY & PHILOSOPHY

Take a look at your bargaining position. You are a strong contender if you don’t have another house to sell and if you are already fully approved for a mortgage (letter in hand!) or if you are a cash purchaser. A strong, clean contract is the indicator of a qualified Buyer who is prepared and ready to perform.

It is my goal to develop a negotiating strategy that suits your needs and gives YOUR offer the highest probability of success.

Determining your primary objectives is critical to successful negotiating.

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7 Steps to a Winning Offer

7 Areas of Negotiation

01

OFFER PRICE

The most important issue for most Sellers is the amount they will be receiving for the home. I will assist you in identifying the most appropriate offering price for your offer.

02

SUBSIDIES

Are you going to be asking the Seller to pay expenses, such as closing costs, on your behalf? If you are, remember you are reducing the net proceeds to the Seller thereby reducing your ability to negotiate the price as well. Also, subsidy amounts may be limited by the financing your are using. Consult your lender for details.

03

DEPOSITS

Your deposit amount signifies your commitment to the transaction. Low deposits reduce the desire of the Seller to accept your offer. Again, I will help you determine the amount you need to give the Seller with your offer, to increase the likelihood of success.

04

SETTLEMENT & OCCUPANCY

The contract calls for you to receive occupancy at settlement. If you can settle when the Seller wishes to move, your offer will be positively viewed by the Seller. If occupancy will not concur with settlement, this should be noted in your offer and the proper agreements executed.

05

PROPERTY CONDITION

If you want the Seller to make repairs beyond the parameters of paragraph 14 of the VAR Sales Contract, then they will need to be included in your initial offer. If your contract includes a contingency for a satisfactory Home Inspection report, then requests for repairs will normally be made after receiving the report.

06

INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

The Seller is offering to include certain items with the sale. Sometimes Sellers offer to replace an item they wish to retain when they move. Please be sure that your offer accurately reflects both of these.​

07

CONTINGENCIES

A contingency is a clause which states that the Buyer will perform only if something else happens. Normal contingencies include Purchasers financing, home inspection, radon or lead inspections, or the sale of the Purchaser’s current home. The fewer contingencies your offer contains the more desirable your offer will be to the Seller. I will help you with guidance in this area.

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