- Ask for Fewer Concessions Home buyers have to cover many additional expenditures, such as closing costs for taxes, lender’s fees, and title company fees, at a mortgage settlement. The closing costs will vary depending on your location, but you can expect to pay between 3% and 4% of the home’s selling price. An additional 1% to 3% is paid by the seller. (Our website’s closing cost calculator can help you get a rough idea of what you can expect to pay in closing costs. When you make your initial offer, you have the option to ask the seller for concessions, which may include cash to help offset the closing costs. However, asking for concessions may not be a feasible option if there have been multiple offers on the house. If the seller accepts your concessions, the net proceeds from the sale will be lower. Making a counteroffer that removes the concessions you may have otherwise received puts cash back in the seller’s pocket and can improve your bid.
Increase Your Earnest Money DepositYour earnest money deposit, or EMD, is the amount of money you put up front to prove to the seller you are serious about buying the house. Increasing your EMD shows the seller that you’re more serious about the sale. The EMD is usually 1% to 3% of the sales price of the home. If you offer 3% to 4%, the seller may be more likely to side with you.
Demonstrate Patience About Taking PossessionDepending on the seller’s timetable, changing your proposed possession date — the date you take over the property — could butter them up, too. If the seller wants to stay in the home for a few days after closing, try offering a later possession date. You could also draw up a “rent-back” agreement, meaning the seller pays you rent for staying in the home for a set period of time after the closing date.
3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
Home size: 1708
Added: 12/03/19, Last Updated: 12/05/2019
Property Type: End Unit Townhouse for Sale
MLS Number: VAAX241830
Subdivision: Burges Square<!--
List Price: 1019500.00-->