How to Deal with a Low-Ball Offer
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If you take care to price your home correctly —
that is, at a price that is in line with what similar
properties in the area have sold for recently —
then you have a good chance of selling it at or
near your asking price.
That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer.
You might. So what do you do when that happens?
First, understand that the buyer may not
necessarily be trying to steal away your home at a
bargain-basement price. He might simply be
mistaken about its true market value. Of course,
he might also be coming in at a low price in the
hopes he’ll get lucky.
You will never actually know the buyer’s motives.
So it would be a mistake to get angry or dismiss
the offer out-of-hand. That low-ball offer might
end up being the beginning of a negotiation that
results in you selling your home at a good price.
Your first step is to work with your REALTOR® to
• How serious the buyer is.
• How qualified the buyer is. (For example, does
he have a pre-approved mortgage?)
• How amenable the buyer is to a counter-offer
that reflects the true market value of
• What that counter-offer should be.
This isn’t an easy process. It takes knowledge
and experience to get it right. That’s why working
with a good REALTOR® is essential.
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stuff? Call today.
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First of all, an occasional build-up
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