But if this isnâ€™t the case, itâ€™s important to stay in control, stay on budget and donâ€™t get too disheartened if you canâ€™t reach agreement on the home youâ€™ve got your heart set on.
There are plentyÂ more properties out there. Remember what we said earlier about being in a hurry?
Your goal is to get the property you want at the lowest possible price.
Here are some points to bear in mind when negotiating your offer:
- Donâ€™t jump in. If youâ€™re keen on a property, nowâ€™s the time to make enquiries that could helpÂ with negotiations. Ask about why itâ€™s being sold and if there are any other viewings planned. YouÂ may not get entirely accurate answers, but you may pick up some useful information.
- Do your homework. Check the asking prices for properties on that road and the ones nearby.Â Also, check on Net House PricesÂ and Zoopla websites for details of sale prices of other properties in the area.
- How long has it been on the market? The longer a property has been on the market, the easier it may be to negotiate on price.
- Check the bigger picture. There are a number of websites you can check for up-to-date information on theÂ percentage of asking price sellers are typically achieving at any particular time. Good sources are HomeTrack,Â The Advisory and Financial Times.
- If putting forward a lower offer, give concrete reasons.Â Point to specific issues with the propertyÂ itself â€“ such as poor maintenance, windows that need replacing, or high noise levels â€“ and/or compare to similar, lower-priced locally situated properties to justify your offer.
- Donâ€™t be tempted to overspend. If the seller refuses to come down to a figure within your budget, donâ€™t be tempted toÂ overstretch yourself financially.
- Get it off the market!Once youâ€™ve reached agreement, ask the seller to take the property off the market.
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