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Low Ball Offers on Homes: Real Estate Offer Strategy

Low Ball Offers on Homes: 5 Real Estate Offer Strategies

Low Ball Offers on Homes

I think we can all agree that we would love to find a good deal on a home. However, low ball offers aren’t always realistic, especially in our current market conditions.

Even though we are moving into the fall season, homes are still selling at a rapid pace. Currently, we are still in a seller’s market in Louisville. It is very common to see a home that is in good condition sell within a day and sometimes within a few hours. We anticipate seeing this trend continue on until November. 

We are commonly asked by home buyers what is the lowest offer suggested to put in on a home. Typically, any offer that is $10,000 or more below the listing price is considered a low ball offer on a house.

In this market, if you just want to put in a low offer because you want to get a good deal, you will likely not get the house. However, if there is a good reason behind putting in a low offer, you may have a chance at getting the home. In this blog, I will discuss what you should do to increase the chances of your low ball offer being accepted.

Here are a few pointers for putting in a low ball offer on a home:

1.)   Research Market Conditions- Since the real estate market is very hot right now, you have to take that into consideration when submitting an offer on a home. Sellers may not consider a low ball offer just because homes are selling so quickly right now. We see changes in the market all the time. If we move into a buyer’s market, you may have a better chance at buying a home for a lower price. Bottom line, you have to thoroughly understand your market.

2.)    Do Your Homework- How long has the home been on the market? How much do homes in the same neighborhood sell for? What condition is the home in? How well do homes in the neighborhood appreciate? These are all questions you need answers to before you put in an offer.

3.)    Respect the Sellers- Low ball offers can offend sellers. It is best to be as respectful as possible when submitting your offer. I would suggest asking your REALTOR to write an email along with the offer or make a phone call to the listing agent that explains your rationale behind your offer. The homework you have done on the home will come in handy when explaining your rationale. Were you unable to find comps in the neighborhood that reflected the listing price? Did the condition and time on market justify a lower offer? Whatever the reason is, explaining yourself sometimes lessens the blow.

4.)    Have Your Finances in Order- If you are going to put in a lowball offer, make sure you can present a preapproval letter right away. If your offer is low, you need to make sure that everything else looks attractive when the offer is presented. Sellers like to see that you are preapproved regardless of the price of the offer. However, it could help your case a little bit if you are submitting a lower priced offer. If you are submitting a cash offer, your proof of funds should be submitted along with the offer.

5.)    Submit a Clean Offer- If you are going to put in a low offer, make sure your offer is as clean as possible. In section 25 of the sales contract, you can list other provisions. Examples of other provisions would be the swing set to remain; seller to have the oven professionally cleaned; seller to have a ghost inspection; closing to be 90-120 days from now; sale contingent on getting another job; etc. If you are putting in a low offer on a home, you really don’t want to ask for much from the seller. It is best to keep your offer as simple and clean as possible.

Hopefully, this advice will leverage you to get your low offer accepted. I will reiterate that lower offers can be very difficult to get accepted. This advice won’t guarantee to get your offer accepted; however, it could increase your chances.

What are your thoughts on low offers on a home? Do you have any questions or comments regarding the topic? Leave your comments and questions below. As always, feel free to contact the Hollinden Team regarding the real estate market: 502-429-3866.

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