So, you’ve heard that home prices in Richmond are falling, the inventory of available homes is beginning to grow and, if you look closely, you’ll see a crack beginning to form in that once-fiery sellers’ market.
Whereas in the recent past, homebuyers were a dime a dozen, you may just be on the precipice of being an in-demand commodity and, with that status, comes power.
It’s already begun in the new-home market, with builders and developers offering buyers (and their real estate agents) attractive incentives. The resale market is expected to catch up, so let’s get you prepared to get the best deal possible when you buy a house.
1. Why are they selling?
There are a number of reasons people sell their homes and a seller’s reason, or motivation as it’s known in the real estate industry, is powerful information in the hands of the buyer.
It’s not easy to learn a seller’s motivation, but it’s not impossible either. The key is to have an agent working for you, representing your best interests and trusting them to do some digging to find out why the sellers want to move and when. Having that info and having an agent to negotiate on your behalf in a multiple offer situation situation can make a big difference!
2. How long has the home been on the market?
This is information that we can get for you from our MLS. Why is this information important?
Recently listed homes are still in their “honeymoon” phase with buyers and agents. There is a lot of activity surrounding a new-to-the market home so the seller has very little motivation to accept a low offer.
As the home sits on the market with few offers, the seller may become more motivated to sell and, thus, more likely to entertain a lower sales price.
We can also let you know the average number of days homes in the neighborhood remain on the market. If the home you have your eye on has been listed for longer than that, you may be dealing with a very motivated seller, putting you in a strong negotiating position.
3. Study the pricing history
We’re happy to look up the pricing history of homes you’re interested in. From the time the home is first listed, the MLS will show us how many price changes have occurred, whether they were price hikes or reductions.
A seller who has reduced the home’s price more than once is a seller who needs to get the home sold.
4. Get help with your closing costs
Getting the best deal on a home doesn’t always mean getting the home for a discounted price. If the seller won’t budge on price and you truly want the home, we’ll find ways for you to save money in other parts of the transaction.
One of the easiest is to negotiate closing costs by asking the seller to pay them. Sure, some will balk at this. Others might raise the sales price of the home to absorb the costs.
The danger in the latter scenario is that the new price may exceed market value and not meet the bank’s appraisal amount.
Put yourself in the seller’s shoes. The sale of a home is often an emotional event. The right real estate agent in your corner will be able to negotiate on your behalf while appealing to the sellers’ emotions and make it a win-win for everyone!
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