October 16th, 2019 By Brandi Thomas
5 Negotiation Tactics That Kill A Sale
5 Negotiating Tactics That Kill A Sale
Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:
- Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer. Shop in your pre-approved price range.
- Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
- “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it just know your limits and offer respectfully.
- Getting picky after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate. If they wanted to repair every single thing wrong with the house they would have before it went on the market. Keep in mind you will be personalizing your new home for years to come. Focus of negotiation for repairs being the required safety and/or health hazards.
- Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.
Buying with a local Realtor benefits you more than you know, plus the seller pays the buyers agent commission so give me a call when you are ready.
Be mindful with your negotiations and treat the seller how you would want to be treated selling a home.
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