Several Tips For Your Counteroffer

For many people, this is the idea: there are no negotiations, forget about negotiating, and allowing you to focus on your upcoming home ownership.

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And it might develop. By all means, some owners accept the first offer put before them, and in Northern Virginia for various rationale.

Conversely, homeowners are also known to reject offers because of a variety of reasons. Or make counteroffers. A counteroffer is especially certain if you bid low, or when the property or area is highly sought after.

When you receive a counteroffer, it's your option. You can accept, continue negotiations or move on to the next townhouse in Northern Virginia.

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In cases like these, as your Realtor, I'm there to help when you contact me. I will be your personal ace to real estate negotiations in Northern Virginia, if you choose to negotiate with the seller. By this I mean that I will use my experience and negotiating skills as we craft a series of offers and counter-offers to help get you the perfect deal on the townhouse you really want. It's the reason Realtors like me exist.

During negotions, I'll provide advice but you'll provide direction and make important decisions. I’ll help you understand the negotiating tactics we will deploy. Those practices will vary depending upon the residence but in the City of Alexandria here are some basics we frequently implement.

In 22314, let's examine a few rules every property hunter should know at the outset:

  1. Raise Your Price (Within Reason)

    Nobody wants to overpay for a house, but you may have to increase the amount of your offer, especially if you offered a low amount to begin with. Let your agent guide you regarding the amount by which to increase your offer so that it will be more appealing to the seller.

    Through the power of persuasion, I will be able to make your counteroffer look more appealing by pointing out other similarly priced homes – or comps – in the area that are similar in size and features.

    The situation can be stressful and may feel like it is escalating quickly as i negotiate, and you may feel as though you are willing to do whatever it takes to win. But we will keep several things in mind throughout this process:

    • You have to stay within the monetary boundaries of the pre-approved amount you received from your lender.
    • You should never overextend your budget.
    • Your counteroffer needs to be an amount that you’re comfortable spending on a home since you want that house but you want to be able to continue living comfortably as well.
    • Keep in mind that you’re not out of options.
  2. It is best to respond within 24 hours when you receive a counteroffer, so you will be preventing another client from making a better offer than you. Be sure to not wait too long because if the seller senses any hesitance on your end, he/she may withdraw the counteroffer without you responding to it.
  3. Walking away may be the Best Choice

    Negotiations can be physically and emotionally draining and very time consuming. When you’re negotiating with a seller, make sure you listen to your agent – and to your gut. If either is telling you that it’s a bad deal, walking away may be the best choice.

    If you feel like you can’t make any more trade-offs and the seller won’t budge, don’t give in any more than you are comfortable with. Walking away can be a tough decision to make, especially after all the hard work you’ve put in, but you should know that there is a better deal out there waiting for you. And once your frustration passes, you’ll know that you have more experience in this and next time you negotiate, it will be easier for you.

Are you interested in a engaging residence like 620 S Lee St in Northern Virginia? I can guide. 

3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths

Home size: 1782

Added: 11/22/19, Last Updated: 11/22/2019

Property Type: Townhouse for Sale

MLS Number: VAAX241678

Subdivision: Old Town SE Quadrant

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List Price: 1285000.00

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