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When buying what is negotiable?

  • July 22 2012 - Columbia
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As others have said, everything is negotiable. That doesn't mean that it is necessarily a great idea to try to negotiate every detail of your home purchase. Negotiate what is important to you, but try to keep it as simple as possible. Here in the Pacific NW our market is heating up and homes in the first time home buyer price range (homes under $300,000) are no longer part of a buyer's market. In this kind of market it can be important to keep your offer simple. If a seller has two offers on a home that are similar, chances are the seller will accept the one that is the easiest and most likely to close.
  • July 24 2012
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What a fantastic question!  Anything and everything can be negotiated.  While most people think only things like price and closing date are negotiable, really it comes down to what's important to you and to what's important to the Seller.

A good Buyer's Representative will have an in-depth consultation with you prior to ever taking you out to look at properties.  They'll ask plenty of probing questions to ascertain exactly what's important to YOU.  He or she will then go out and find the "perfect" home for you -- that's his/her job.

On the flip side, never presume to know what's important to the party on the other side. A good Buyers Rep will ask questions of the Seller's agent prior to writing a contract.   

  • July 23 2012
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Everything is negotiable when dealing with California Real Estate. Price, reports, fees, repairs, ect. Let me know what you were specifically thinking about...

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Scott Bingham - Beach Cities Real Estate
  • July 23 2012
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Many things are negotiable, which is why it is so important to have a reputable realtor representing you on either the buying or selling side of the transaction.
  • July 23 2012
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Everything is negoitable! Don't be afraid to ask for what you want although the seller reserves the right to decline or meet you in the middle. Good luck!
  • July 23 2012
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Everything is up for grabs including who pays HOA Fees, home warranty, radon testing etc. It's all a matter of motivation: Yours and theirs.

You might also be able to negotiate with your lender over various 'junk fees'...

They can always say 'no' but if you don't ask, you'll never know.
  • July 23 2012
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Not only in real estate, but generally in life, everything is negotiable as long as the two parties involved in the negotiation agree to it.  The skill of negotiation is an art form and a skill that in some is innate and in others is developed through years of practice.  If you are a buyer, your lender will guide you as to how much your mortgage will allow the seller to contribute toward your closing expenses.
  • July 22 2012
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Negotiation is an art not a science.  Generally, you can negotiate just about anything but you will never get 100% of what you request.  Compromise and respect for both parties are paramount in the process.  Knowing your oponent's motivations can help your position.  Always learn as much about them as you can.  Everone has a weakness that can be used to your advantage without it being obvious. 

I always ask what the other parties BOTTOM line is.  That's where I start.  Bottom is rarely BOTTOM as long as you can offer something else they need in return.

Always be flexible and reasonable.  Asking for 50% off the lowest price ever paid in a neighborhood is not likely going to work out.

Good luck with your negotiations.
  • July 22 2012
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You can ask for anything you want but the seller does not have to agree to anything.
Are you in a buyers' market? If so, you may be able to get the seller to agree to a lot. If it is a sellers' market, where homes are getting sold in a few days with multiple offers, you probably won't get as much as you would like.
Supply and demand works in real estate just like anything else.
  • July 22 2012
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Just about everything is negotiable. Just remember, if you really want the house, the more you ask for from the sellers, the higher the price the sellers will want. Everything is a trade off and you want to negotiate to a win-win!  Best of luck!
  • July 22 2012
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Everything! Once Buyer and Seller agree to terms of the sale, you have a deal. Good Luck,
  • July 22 2012
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