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Home selling negotiations: Reasons to counter a purchasing offer

by Ted Stumpf 08/06/2023

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After you receive an offer to purchase your home, determining the best course of action often can be difficult. Should you accept or push the homebuyer for more? Ultimately, it may be beneficial for a home seller to submit a counter-offer. So, knowing the reasons why a counter-offer may be suitable can help home sellers when on the journey to getting their property sold efficiently. 

A homebuyer's initial offer to purchase fails to match your expectations

Although a homebuyer's initial offer to purchase your residence fell below your expectations, you can always submit a counter-offer to find out if a buyer is negotiable. This way, you may be able to work with a buyer to find a middle ground price, suitable for all parties.

When it comes to selling a house, there is no harm in submitting a counter-offer. Remember, the worst response a home seller may receive to a counter-proposal is a simple “No.” And even in the worst-case scenario, a seller can move forward with the property selling journey and await an offer to purchase matching their expectations.

You are flexible about the price of your house

Some circumstances may make home seller’s more flexible on the price of their home. For example, if a home seller needs to sell quickly, they may price their home competitively and be more accepting of lower offers to get their property sold swiftly. 

You want to get the best-possible price for your residence

The goal of your home selling journey may be to obtain the best price for your home, regardless of the real estate market's conditions. Therefore, rather than accept or reject an offer to purchase, it may be beneficial to see if you can receive a better proposal from a buyer.

As you move along the home selling journey and review an offer to purchase, collaborate with a real estate agent. With a real estate agent at your side, you can receive plenty of guidance throughout the home selling journey. 

A real estate agent can help you list your residence and promote it to prospective buyers. They can set up home showings and open house events, as well as keep you up to date about any offers to purchase your residence. Then, when you receive an offer to purchase, you and your real estate agent can work together to determine how to proceed.

About the Author

Ted Stumpf

Ted draws energy and joy from building synergetic relationships with his Clients. Ted's nature is graciously gregarious and persevering; he's honest; and he's been dedicated to a substantial list of clientele throughout his 25 years in the hospitality business and almost two years as a REALTOR. His passion is creating a sincere, successful relationship with people.

Ted grew up in a family of Realtors in central Indiana, earned a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and jumped into all aspects of the restaurant business. His ensuing hospitality career path eventually led him into the Event Management Sales & Service role in hotels and quickly guided him to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally to a luxury resort in the Napa Valley, where he, his husband, and their dog have resided for almost a decade now.  

The irony is not lost on Ted that his ‘growth’ journey has culminated in“living happily ever after” in an agricultural area with a small-town feel and sense of community strikingly reminiscent of his youth…and as a REALTOR nonetheless!