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If you are working with a Realtor, ask for comps on what similar homes in the area sold for. It will give you a good number to offer. Write a letter to the sellers telling them why you love their home wouldn't hurt either. Make sure the sellers know you are flexible on the settlement date and are willing to work with them to accomplish the transaction. DON'T be so gung ho that you offer more than the house is worth or agree to repairs that are expensive or that you can't legally do yourself. No matter how much you love the home, if you are constantly doing repairs, the novelty will wear off and you'll be unhappy in your purchase. Let your Realtor be your guide. Good luck to you!
Keep the terms of your offer simple. Don't ask for the kitchen table, seller to pay closing, rooms to be repainted, long closing periods, and so on. Those long laundry lists of extras are sometimes a bigger point of contention than a clean simple offer. I have seen sellers go with the lower of two offers because it wasn't messy. You do likely want to make it contingent upon the appraised value matching your offer so that you can back out if you choose to and the appraisal is low. When an appraisal is low the lender isn't going to loan above the appraised value which means if you want the house and still want it at that price you make up the difference or if the contract included language to void the contract when appraisal isn't met then you renegotiate or withdraw.
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