If you are interested in investing in real estate, then you need to know how to make an offer professionally. If you know how to make offers, then you will be able to negotiate more effectively and reduce the real estate’s final purchase price. Inexperienced people who haven’t the faintest idea of how to make strategic offers often end up paying far more than a property is worth, simply because they didn’t take the time to conduct research and learn about making offers. Don’t worry about not knowing how, because this article’s got you covered.

Here’s how to make an offer on real estate:

Frequent Viewings

Before you make an offer on a property, make sure that you have viewed it several times. This is so that you can be confident that you want the property. There’s nothing worse than committing to buy a house that you don’t really want. According to the expert legal professionals from eXp Realty, who show a comprehensive range of available Boulder properties on their website, the real estate world’s going virtual. But what does “virtual real estate” mean for you? Well, it means that you can view properties online, meaning that you don’t have to drive over to the house to see view it. This makes several viewings easier for both you and the home’s owner.

Property Prices

The first thing that you need to do when you are considering making an offer on a property is to check out local property prices. The best way to do this is to speak to your realtor and ask them to tell you about all of the sold prices in the house’s area. If they can’t provide you with this information, then you should be able to get it by using a realty website and checking out previously sold prices in the area. If you can’t find information then this way, then the only other option available to you is to go and ask other people locally how much their houses were purchased for. When you know what the average local property price is, you can make an offer more effectively.

Seller’s Situation

The seller’s situation is also something that you need to bear in mind when you are considering making an offer. If the seller has had the house for a while and has been unable to sell it, they will be more likely to accept low offers. If the seller has had other people interested that have pulled out at the last minute, then that’s another indication that they will accept a low offer. It’s always important to know what the seller’s situation is because you can usually leverage it to your advantage.

Chain-free

If you are chain-free, then you should be able to convince the seller to sell it to you for less. The term “chain-free” refers to a buyer’s ability to pay in cash. The buying process is a lot quicker if you are able to pay in cash. If you can, then the seller will likely give you a large discount on the property’s price. You might also want to show them your agreement in principle if you have one. This can convince sellers to lower their property’s price.

Haggling

You should always haggle when you are looking for a house to buy. You should never just accept the offer that you are given by the seller or the property’s price listed on the realtor’s website. Haggling is a very effective way of getting the price down if it is done effectively. If you intend upon haggling then you need to make sure that you do so in a strategic way. Do not just make silly offers, because it will result in your offers being turned down. It may also lead to the seller getting annoyed and refusing to sell you their property.

Offer Confirmation

A common tactic by realtors is to tell interested buyers that there are other people who are making offers on the property and that the interested buyers should make an offer themselves otherwise the property will be gone. If an agent does do this, then you should ask them for proof and confirmation of another offer. If they can’t provide it then they are trying to dupe you into making an offer yourself and rushing the process. If they do this, you could make a low offer. This is an indication that the agent and seller are getting desperate, so is a great way to bag yourself a bargain.

Walk Away

If the seller isn’t receptive to offers (or is making silly ones themselves) then don’t be afraid to walk away. If there really aren’t any offers being made on their property, they will likely chase you and make an offer to you. Walking away is a very powerful way of saying, ‘I’m not that interested.’ You have to be careful when walking away however because it could result in you losing the property. Make sure you aren’t on a deadline to leave your current home and make sure that you don’t seriously want the property that you are walking away from because you could lose it.

Round Numbers

When you are making offers, always avoid round numbers. Instead of offering $300,000, offer $315,000. This can help you to secure the property that you want. It is a very effective trick. The best way to make this work is to find out what other people have offered, so you can offer in slightly small, but higher, increments. Your main goal is to outbid the other buyers.

Work Closely

Make sure that throughout the entire process, you work closely with the agent. This is so that you can ensure you get the property of your dreams. Your best source of information is the agent that you have been working with. Don’t lose contact with them or start working with another agent. Make sure that you research agents and find one that’s qualified and experienced so that you stand the best chance at bagging the property of your dreams.

Buying a new house can be incredibly stressful, especially if you aren’t familiar with the “bidding” process. The best way to tackle the bidding process is to research how to make offers, work with your agent closely, and only offer what you can afford.