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Negotiating an Offer

August 29, 2009


All of your hard work has paid off, even with all the competing homes in Brampton you managed to get an offer, but you won’t know exactly how much it’s paid off until you actually see the offer. This is an exciting, often emotional time, so be prepared.

Your REALTOR will walk you through the process.

  • You’ll see every offer. It’s required that your REALTOR show you every offer that’s submitted. They’ll call for an appointment to discuss the offer.
  • The buyer’s REALTOR will probably be there too. They are there to represent the buyer’s best interests in the negotiation. The buyer will not be there, so you can review and respond to their offer without any awkward pressure. Sometimes offers are done through fax. Your Brampton agent might recommend that as well because then there is no pressure from the buyer’s agent.
  • Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the price! Here’s where emotions can really kick in. This isn’t a poker match, but remain calm. Listen to the REALTORS before making any judgments.
  • You’ll probably ask the buyer’s REALTOR to leave the room. Now you and your REALTOR are alone to discuss the merits of the offer. Maybe it’s time for a high-five, or maybe it’s time to plan your counter offer. You may also wish some private time to discuss things with your spouse.

Three options when responding to an offer.

  1. You can accept the offer. You got the price you were hoping for, maybe even more! The closing date looks good and there are no fussy conditions. Sold!
  1. You can reject the offer. This offer isn’t even close.
  2. You can “sign back” the offer. This offer is close, but something’s not quite right. Now the delicate art of negotiation begins, by “signing back”.

Reasons why you may want to “sign back”.

  • You want more money. This is by far the most common reason people “sign back”. Everybody wants to get the most for their home, and as the saying goes “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Go for it, but don’t get too greedy and insult someone who has made a fair offer and remember in mind the Brampton real estate conditions.
  • You want to change the closing date. Maybe your buyer has already sold their previous home and has no place to live. They want to move in soon; sooner than you’d like. Maybe you haven’t even started looking for a new home! In the same way that you can “sign back” a higher dollar amount, you can also “sign back” a compromise closing date. Perhaps the buyer is willing to offer more money to compensate you for the inconvenience of living in a motel for a few weeks. Welcome to the world of negotiation and compromise.
  • There may be some undesirable conditions on the offer. Conditions are points of contention that must be fulfilled in order for the sale to go through. Here are some common conditions that buyers place on their offers.
    • Buyer to obtain financing.  they will often put in this condition. The sale will only go through if the buyer can get the mortgage they want. For some sellers, this is too big an “if”, but the buyer’s REALTOR® will be candid about their odds of approval and keep in mind even if they are preapproved the bank still wants their own appraisal done on the property. Unless there are competing offers (not happening so much anymore in Brampton) this condition is pretty standard in every offer.
    • Approval to assume mortgage. You have a great mortgage rate on the property and the buyer only wants your home if they can also take over your easy payments. Will this potential buyer qualify?
    • Sale of purchaser’s home. The buyer hasn’t sold their existing home yet and they want to be protected from the expense of owning two properties. Maybe their house will sell in a flash. Maybe it won’t sell at all. Maybe you don’t want the sale of your home riding on so many maybes. Time to consult their REALTOR® about the other home and its odds of selling soon.
    • Property Inspection This condition is becoming standard practice. Hopefully, you have followed the suggestion of your REALTOR® and disclosed every detail of your home’s faults, so there won’t be any surprises. Refusing a home inspection before sale is highly suspicious to a buyer, and may spoil the deal.

The art of counter-offers and negotiation.

A successful negotiation is one that leaves both you and the buyer feeling satisfied with the outcome. This is a highly emotional time, so be sure to regularly “check your head”, and ask yourself “How important is this particular detail to me? Am I willing to jeopardize a sale over this?” Remember once you “sign back” an offer, you are releasing the buyer from their offer and they are free to walk away. Thankfully, your REALTOR® is an expert and seasoned negotiator, and will help you every step of the way.

Happy negotiating, and best of luck!

For questions on the Brampton real estate market drop me an email.

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Laddi Dhillon
Sales Representative

RE/MAX Gold Realty Inc.Brokerage
Independently owned and operated

2980 Drew Rd Unit 231
Mississauga, Ontario L4T 0A7

Phone:905-598-0725 905-598-0725


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