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How do I respond to a low-ball offer on my home?

Navigating lowball offers can be challenging, especially in today’s housing market. With prices remaining high and inventory low, it’s crucial to be prepared for offers that might not meet your expectations. Let’s dive into how you can strategically handle lowball offers to ensure you achieve your desired outcome:

Key Point #1: Reassess Comparable Sales

Before reacting to a lowball offer, take a moment to reassess comparable sales in your area. The housing market is dynamic, and values can change rapidly. You might find that your home is still valued higher than you initially thought. If you can demonstrate that the market supports a higher value, the buyer may be inclined to increase their offer without extensive negotiation. Remember, the market ultimately determines your home’s value, not just your asking price.

Key Point #2: Counteroffer Wisely

Unless you suspect the buyer is negotiating in bad faith, it’s generally advisable to counteroffer. By doing so, you signal your willingness to negotiate while also maintaining control over the process. If the buyer remains firm on their low offer and shows no flexibility, it may indicate they were simply testing the waters for a bargain. In such cases, you can confidently walk away from the negotiation knowing you engaged with a serious buyer.

Key Point #3: Explore Alternative Terms

Consider negotiating beyond just the price. If the buyer’s budget is limiting their ability to meet your asking price, explore alternative terms that may be acceptable to both parties. This could involve adjusting the closing timeline, inspection period, or other contingencies. By being open to compromise on other aspects of the transaction, you may find a middle ground that satisfies both parties. Offering concessions such as covering closing costs or adjusting interest rates can also alleviate financial constraints for the buyer.

Dealing with lowball offers isn’t fun, but it’s necessary to discuss and have a plan for when it happens. I hope you feel more empowered to make informed decisions regarding your property. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty team at 256.799.9000.

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