Making An Offer


Making an Offer

t’s crucial to be pre-qualified or pre-approved by a lender before creating an offer to purchase a home. This shows the seller that you’re financially capable of buying the property and gives you a strong negotiating advantage. Once you’ve found your ideal home, it’s time to prepare the offer.

While sellers are obligated to disclose any major physical defects, there may be other important details to consider before making a final decision. Here are six questions to ask the seller for additional insight:

  1. Why is the seller selling the house? Understanding the seller’s motivations can help you evaluate the property’s value and potentially adjust your offer.
  2. How much did the seller pay for the home? This information may be useful in negotiating a better deal or getting the seller to carry part of the loan. However, keep in mind that other factors can influence the purchase price.
  3. What does the seller like most and least about the property? The seller’s answers can provide valuable information, but be aware that their preferences may not align with your own.
  4. Has the seller had any problems with the home in the past? Ask about any past issues and ensure that they were properly repaired.
  5. Are there any nuisances or problem neighbors? Find out about any potential noise or community changes that could impact your enjoyment of the property.
  6. How are the public schools in the area? The quality of nearby schools can greatly affect the value of a community.

Having a thorough understanding of a prospective home can help you make an informed decision and prepare a strong offer. A real estate professional can help you get your key questions answered and offer guidance on evaluating your findings.