Sunday, October 18, 2009

How To Negotiate The Best Price For Your First Home

You submit an offer to buy a Minnesota home only after you've done your research about your prospective home and if you're already comfortable dealing with the seller. You still have to do some work after you've made your offer though. A seller can either accept or reject an offer. Be prepared to negotiate your way through in getting the price you want.

Knowledge of the contract and devising a contingency plan are just some ways to ensure you get your dream home within your budget. Barron's 'Consumer's Guide to Home Buying' advises homebuyers to make a checklist of things to consider even before entering the negotiation process. Below are some of the things you need to pay attention to when negotiating:

1. Knowing who the decision-makers are in the transaction. Understanding who really calls the shots is a critical element in any negotiation. Is the seller working alone or do they involve their lawyers, accountants, agents or any other third parties in their transactions? You can adapt your negotiating approach and gauge the trustworthiness of the seller if you know who the decision makers behind the contract are.

2. Do you have a contingency plan? If the seller refuses all of your offers, do you have other options? It can be frustrating to not be able to get what you want from the negotiation, but you also need to know when to back off and pursue another direction. Outline exactly how high you are willing to bid for the home and don't go beyond your decision just to win.

3. Read the whole contract in detail. Know what you're getting into before you sign your name on the contract. Review the contract in detail and take note of any provisions that are not clear to you. It is best to clarify all terms in the contract with the seller than to assume the meaning of the terms yourself.

4. Are you comfortable with your realtor? Your realtor or buyer's agent can provide guidance and professional advice about the home negotiation process, but you need to feel like you can trust them. Make sure you have spent enough time with them to develop a positive relationship and share your thoughts or reservations about the home well before the negotiating process gets started so you can make the most informed decision.

5. Be prepared to handle negotiation setbacks. Poor communication happens in any negotiation often and you have to learn how to deal with it. There are other things as well that make negotiating difficult. It is important to remain impervious to negotiation setbacks but you have to know when to stop negotiating when you think the transaction is not going anywhere.

Author and Realtor Alexandria P. Anderson helps clients to find and purchase Real Estate in Minnesota and Minnesota properties in and around the Twin Cities.