- Within 24 hours of receiving a counteroffer, you should respond so that you can lock in a deal. Waiting to respond leaves time for another buyer to make an offer, and if a seller senses hesitation, he or she may withdraw their counteroffer before you even have time to respond.
- Ask for Fewer Concessions Home buyers have to cover many additional costs at a mortgage settlement, such as closing costs for taxes, lender’s fees, and title company fees. Depending on your location, the closing costs will vary, but you can expect to pay between 3% and 4% of the home’s selling price. The seller pays an additional 1% to 3%. (You can use the closing cost calculator on our site to get an estimate of what your closing costs might be.) You have the option to ask the seller for concessions when you make your initial offer. This may come in the form of a cash settlement to help you offset your share of the closing costs, but this may not be feasible if the seller has received multiple offers on the property. Requesting concessions will ultimately lower the seller’s net proceeds from the sale. The seller may make a counteroffer that removes the concessions, which ends up putting cash back in the seller’s pocket and can improve your bid.
Buy Your Own Home WarrantySometimes home sellers offer prospective the buyer a home warranty. A home warranty is a plan that covers the cost of repairing major home appliances and systems, like the air conditioner or hot water heater, if they break down within a certain period (typically a year after closing). According to Angie’s List, a basic home warranty costs about $300 to $600 a year. If you want the home warranty, you can tell the seller they don’t need to cover it — then buy it yourself. Just keep in mind, whether you or the seller buy the warranty, you’ll need to pay the service fee (typically between $50 and $100) if something does, indeed, need to be repaired while under warranty. Also, FYI: A home warranty is entirely separate from homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance — the security blanket that covers your home’s structure and possessions in the event of a fire, storm, flood, or other accident — is required if you take out a mortgage. It can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per year.
1 beds, 1 full baths
Home size: 610
Added: 09/07/19, Last Updated: 11/02/2019
Property Type: Unit for Sale
MLS Number: VAAX239486
Subdivision: Potowmack Crossing<!--
List Price: 249990.00-->