So, you’ve found it – that perfect house that fits all your criteria and your price range and you’re ready to make an offer! Together, we can decide on the most appropriate offer. Sometimes it is OK to make an offer that is lower than the asking price, but if you are in a hurry to buy, your heart is set on a house, or you know there are other offers on the table, you may want to offer the full asking price or above. I will write up an offer and present it to the seller’s agent or the seller with your terms and conditions. At this point you will want to make a down payment called earnest money.
Once you’ve determined your offering price you’ll need to decide on the size of deposit to make with your offer. This earnest money deposit should show the seller you are serious, but not so large you are placing significant funds at risk because sometimes negotiations can take awhile and your funds are tied up during that time. Still it depends, like your offer, on the kind of market you are in and I will be able to help you decide the size of the deposit that is appropriate.
Now that we have sent your offer and your earnest money deposit, we will begin the negotiation stage with the seller or their agent. Generally, I would handle this phase and advise you of any demands the seller has rejected or the demands they may be making on you. Once your negotiation is complete and your final offer is accepted you will enter into the next phase, which is the escrow phase. (process)