San Diego Homes Buyer tips: Making an offer to purchase a home

Making an offer to purchase a home

You’ve found the home you want, and your REALTOR® says you need to act fast. Yet you want to be as calm and objective as possible. The expertise a REALTOR® can give you at negotiating time is priceless.

Negotiating The Purchase of Your Dream Home

In most cases, be prepared for counter offers. Don’t let the pressure get to you. Remain patient, and let your REALTOR® act as your liaison with the seller or the seller’s agent. You may need to be flexible on price, closing date, appliances and repairs.

Offer Contingencies

Beware of putting contingencies in your purchase agreement. They weaken your offer. However, if you currently own a home, your offer may need to be contingent on it selling. Or, if you’re uncertain about the structural integrity of the home, you should have a home inspection contingency, also you you should have a home appraisal contigency. Just be aware that any contingency could take you out of the running if a non-contingent offer is presented.

Earnest Money Deposit

Once your offer is accepted, be prepared to seal the deal with the earnest money deposit. Earnest money is usually a percentage of the home’s purchase price that indicates you are serious about the purchase and indicates your good faith. It’s generally applied to the purchase price when you complete the purchase, but may be forfeited to the seller if you fail to complete the purchase. Contact your REALTOR® to determine the amount of earnest money you should be prepared to pay based on your target home price.

Many first-time buyers are taken by surprise when it comes to earnest money, especially if they have to make a fast offer. Be sure to discuss with your Agent the appropriate amount of earnest money you should be prepared to pay based on the price range of properties you’re looking at. You should have this amount available in your checking account so you can write out an earnest money deposit check on the day you sign your purchase agreement.

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