Before you negotiate a sales price, it's important to determine if you or the seller has the stronger position. Knowing this will help you plan your negotiation.
The seller may have the stronger position if:
The buyer may have the stronger position if:
When negotiating, more information is better. Look at your notes from when you looked at the house. If there's anything that needs to be repaired or replaced, you may want to consider including these costs in the negotiation. If you want certain appliances or fixtures to stay, be sure to include them as well. You may also want to make your offer contingent upon your obtaining financing or the house passing a professional home inspection, especially if it is an older home.
There are several steps to negotiating:
If you've made a home inspection part of the contingencies and something serious is found during the inspection, you may want to submit a new counter-offer and discuss the situation with your lender. The process may go back and forth several times before you and the seller reach an offer that is acceptable to you both. Remember that in some instances, your lender may not approve your mortgage if the home has serious deficiencies that could affect its value.