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how do i make an offer on a house?

  • September 11 2010 - Lehigh Acres
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I strongly recommend contacting and using a REALTOR (who is bound by ethics) and also suggest a REALTOR who is a Buyers agent. A buyers agent looks out for your best interests. A listing agent looks out for the sellers interest.
  • October 22 2010
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Jeane that's  the worst advice you can give to a potential buyer. So who is going to look out for the buyers best interest, how is she going to protect her deposit? what if things go south?  If you have no experience writing up a offer and have no clue on how to protect yourself, get a attorney or a agent don't do it yourself that's just crazy talk. 
  • October 14 2010
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How you write a winning offer depends on your marketplace and whether it is a seller's or buyer's market.  Find out what needs to be listed in your offer to give you the edge.  As a buyer, how do you write contingencies that will let you cancel the deal and get your deposit back?  I would suggest you contact a local Realtor to make sure you are best protected.  Good luck!  
  • October 14 2010
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Contact a local agent and they can submit an offer for you.

Alexis Hansen
Florida Living Realty Group, Inc.
  • October 14 2010
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Yes, you can certainly follow jean214's advice and do it yourself, but know that not all transactions run smoothly.  It is usually best to have someone represent you that knows what they are doing and what to look out for.  An experienced Realtor will earn his commission and you can always find one that is willing to give you a rebate.

Simon Mills
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  • September 13 2010
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You need neither an attorney nor a buyer's agent, unless you feel uncomfortable or afraid to make an offer unaided. If you feel confident of your ability to buy (you don't hire somebody to negotiate for you at a flea market; this is the same principle; the numbers are just higher), know the market in that immediate area -- what have homes in nearby blocks sold for over the last six months? Comparable number of bedrooms and bathrooms, similar distance from busy streets and other factors such as ballfields or schools? Then offer 10% less than the comparables suggest is the fair market value of the house. Make your offer in writing and write a check for $1,000, payable to a title company in your town, clipped to your offer, before you arrive to speak to the seller. The seller's eyes will fall on that check and he won't be able to think of anything other than "how can I get that money"? You may then dicker, just as at the flea market, with him offering to lower his price and you offering to increase yours a bit IF YOU WISH. Otherwise, just smile politely, take your written offer and your check and prepare to leave. Be ready for the seller to stop you and accept your offer.
It is not rocket science. It does not require a college degree. Those who post on this forum are, for the most part, people who make their living doing what I have just outlined, so naturally, they want you to think you need their help at 6% of the total cost. You do not. (unless, as I said, you are timid about talking to a seller of anything.)
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jean214
  • September 13 2010
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If it is a FSBO,you can get an attorney to make the offer for you. If it is listed on the MLS you can get a buyers agent or use the listing agent. Just be aware there are different relationships established potentially between the two. Good Luck with your buying process.
  • September 12 2010
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You need to retain a Buyer's Agent in your area to represent you.   A Buyer's Agent represents your interests, but is free to you.  Bescause, the Seller pays the Buyer's Agent's commission.  Ask for recommendations from your relatives, friiends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. for Buyer's Agent's to interview.

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  • September 12 2010
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Best Answer:  Find a realtor in Lehiah Acres FL.

A realtor does more than prepare paperwork.  Realtors help you navigate and negotiate the entire process in a real estate transaction.

  • September 11 2010
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Hire a Buyer's Agent!  It is no costs to you but you need representation.  That agent can walk you through the entire transaction.  Good luck!

  • September 11 2010
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