Jay Asks… I am ready to buy a house and I want to be a professional and educated buyer. What should I do to impress the seller?

Love this question! As a seller prepares their home to be placed on the market, they often feel pressure to make sure the transaction goes smoothly and they sell their home.  It is equally important to impress the seller when considering purchasing their home. The last thing you would want to do is watch your dream home slip away due to poor or offensive behavior on your part.

So the top 3 things to AVOID so you will be considered a GREAT buyer are listed below.

  • Unreasonable  “Lowball “ Offers.  Everyone wants a great deal on a home! But consider honestly  what other homes in the area are selling for as compared to your choice Don’t present a seller with an unreasonably low offer hoping they will be in a situation that they will have to accept.  It will more than likely offend the seller and leave them feeling disrespected. No one wants their time wasted, that means both you and the seller. So come up with a reasonable offer based on research your thoughts on the home and after discussing things with your real estate agent and present it with you best foot forward.  The sellers will appreciate you’re a serious buyer.
  • Inability to Qualify for a Mortgage. Over the past few years it has become increasingly more difficult to get approved for a home loan. Now you may be saying to yourself, well that’s not me, I have money in savings and a decent credit score. Unfortunately, nowadays this may not be good enough to get approved. And nothing could come as worse news to a seller than when they hear that you cannot get approved for the loan, when they have already accepted your offer. My best piece of advice to avoid this situation is to get approved for the loan amount you anticipate you’ll need prior to making an offer.
  • Bad Mouthing  the Property or Neighborhood. It is not uncommon for buyers to critique a home during a showing and start questioning the area around the property and things that might need to be fixed or replaces.  It is good for decision making  but it can become a big challenge once you start making negative comments about the home’s surroundings or features to the sellers the agent or even the neighbors.  These comments may include; pointing out neighboring foreclosures, talking about all the major renovations you would make before considering moving in or talking about the aesthetics of the neighborhood in a negative tone. Remember .that people have emotional connections to their homes and will likely not be accepting of an offer to buy the property if they feel you have bad mouthed it and won’t take care of the home. They can choose not to review or even accept your offer.

Follow the above tips and you’ll be a GREAT buyer and Sellers will be excited to work with you !

Meet Cheryl!

About Cheryl

As a successful business owner and community leader, Cheryl Braunschweiger is known and respected for getting things done with a degree of skill and enthusiasm that bring out the best in those around her - colleagues, clients and friends. The name of her business, ALMC Mortgage, reflects Cheryl's philosophy and personality. She says it stands for All Loans Must Close –a reflection of her determination to do whatever it takes to serve her clients. Cheryl has been in the mortgage lending business for 20 years. Read More About Cheryl
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