3 Ways to Decide How Much to Offer on a House

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  • One of home buyers' biggest fears is paying too much for their first home. Conquer that fear by using our three ways to decide what price to offer to buy a home.


    How the 3 Ways Can Help You Decide

    When buying a house, your offer price can be determined by looking at three points of view.

    Measure the “Mo” –  The Sellers Point of View

    ”How much do you think they’ll take?” is a question I get all the time. I wish I could pull out my crystal ball to see the sellers level of “mo” tivation. Truth is, we have to do it the ol’ fashioned way- with good detective work!  See our checklist of “Questions to Determine a Sellers Motivation”

    Using “dollars per square foot” is faulty.  See Download on the right “What doesn’t work to decide on an offer price.”

    The “Morning After” Question –  Your Point of View

    Ask yourself, “If I write an offer tonight at X price and my Buyer’s Agent calls me in the morning and says someone beat me out with a higher offer, how bad would I feel?”  If you’d be crushed, you should offer a bit higher.  If you’d feel just fine and need to get it at your price, offer a bit lower.

    Compare “Apples to Apples” –  Market Point of View

    Everyone has comparison shopped for cars, apartments, etc.  It’s the same with a home.  Once you’ve seen 4 to 6 similar homes in a neighborhood, you get a good feel for what’s a good deal and what’s not.  Have your agent pull up “sold” prices of similar homes for the most accurate comparison shopping.

    There is no exact price for a home!  It all depends on how motivated a person is & motivation is personal.

    Thinking of buying a home in the Portland, Oregon area? Checkout our First Time Home Buyer Classes!

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    3 Ways to Decide How Much to Offer on a House was last modified: April 6th, 2012 by David Axness

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