When I find the home I want, how much should I offer?

When I find the home I want, how much should I offer?

When I find the home I want, how much should I offer?

Again, your real estate broker can help you here. But there are several things you should consider:

  1. is the asking price in line with prices of similar homes in the area?
  2. Is the home in good condition or will you have to spend a substantial amount of money making it the way you want it? You will want to get a professional home inspection before you make your offer. Your real estate broker can help you arrange one.
  3. How long has the home been on the market? If it’s been for sale for a while, the seller may be more eager to accept a lower offer.
  4. How much mortgage will be required? Make sure you really can afford whatever offer you make.
  5. How much do you really want the home? The closer you are to the asking price, the more likely your offer will be accepted. In some cases, you may even want to offer more than the asking price, if you know you are competing with others for the house.