So You Want to Write a Low Offer?

October 26, 2023 | Buying a Home | By: The Goodhart Group

When it comes to buying a home, negotiating the price is a crucial step. With low inventory and high interest rates, this can be a tough market for buyers, and you may find yourself wanting to make a low offer. Here’s what you can do to make your offer stronger if you want to put in a low offer. In this blog, we’ll explore some strategies to help you craft a compelling offer while keeping the price in check.

Research the Market:

Before making a low offer, it’s crucial to understand the current market conditions. Work with an experienced Realtor who can show you recent sales and comparable properties to give you an idea of the property’s fair market value. This information will give you a better understanding of how much room there is for negotiation.

Talk to a Lender Early – Get Your Pre-Approval Letter:

One way to strengthen your low offer is by providing a pre-approval letter from your lender. This document shows the seller that you are a serious buyer who has already been approved for a mortgage. Including a pre-approval letter demonstrates your financial readiness and increases the seller’s confidence in your ability to close the deal. In fact, most listing agents will require one therefore having it ready to go when making an offer is key. 

Minimize Contingencies:

Contingencies are conditions that must be met for the sale to go through. By minimizing contingencies in your offer, you can make it more attractive to sellers. However, be cautious when removing contingencies, as doing so may increase your risk. Consult with your real estate agent to determine which contingencies are essential and which ones could be adjusted or removed to strengthen your offer.

Offer a Larger Earnest Money Deposit:

Increasing the earnest money deposit can show the seller that you are committed to the purchase. A larger deposit demonstrates your sincerity and may give the seller more confidence in your offer. Consider offering a higher deposit to make your low offer more appealing.

Be Flexible with Closing Dates:

Flexibility with the closing date can be a powerful negotiation tool. If the seller needs a quick closing or requires more time to move out, accommodating their needs can make your offer stand out. By being flexible, you show that you are willing to work with the seller’s timeline, which could increase the chances of your offer being accepted.

Include a Personal Letter:

Sometimes, a personal touch can make a big difference. Consider writing a heartfelt letter to the seller, expressing your love for the property and your intentions as a buyer. Sharing your story and connection to the home might resonate with the seller on an emotional level, potentially influencing their decision in your favor. However a personal letter isn’t always the best idea– consult with your Realtor to figure out the best approach. 


The Bottom Line:

Writing a low offer doesn’t have to mean submitting a weak offer. By taking these strategies into account, you can make your low offer stronger and increase the likelihood of it being accepted. Remember to work closely with your real estate agent throughout the negotiation process to ensure you strike the right balance between a competitive offer and a favorable price. Happy house hunting!


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