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Seal the Deal: How to Make an Offer on a Home

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When home buyers begin the house hunting process, they often don’t realize just how many steps it entails. In this highly competitive market, your offer needs to stand-out about the rest and be as strong as possible.

Here are my 3 tips to help you seal the deal on your dream home.

Tip #1: Price Your Offer Right
Remember, it’s the market, not you, not the seller, that determines how much a property is worth. So don’t try to lowball the seller. You’ll only offend them. Instead, look at comparable homes that have sold recently in the area and come up with a price that’s fair and reasonable. When you do, you’ll have a better chance of having a seller consider your offer and accept it.

Tip #2: Consider Your Contingencies Carefully
The contingencies you write into an offer are designed to protect you, not the seller. Everything from securing a loan to selling your current house to the closing date you choose could potentially impact the seller in a negative way. If your market is extremely competitive, you’ll want to consider your contingencies very carefully. Sometimes people take big risks and remove almost all of their contingencies to make their offers more appealing to a seller. Overall, aim to strike a balance between protecting your interests, while also keeping your offer attractive.

Tip #3: Create A Clean Contract
I’ve seen so many offers get declined by sellers simply because the real estate agent wrote a sloppy contract. Ultimately, the contract is the first impression you make. It’s a signal of how the rest of the transaction will go. No one wants to spend 30 days in escrow with a buyer who’s disorganized, dysfunctional, and in disarray. Make sure your real agent writes a clean contract that’s organized, simple, and complete.

At this point, you may be convinced that you may need some guidance. If you’re thinking about making a move, I can help you through the process. Let’s chat!

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Sandoval Realty Group

Sandoval Realty Group

Hey, I’m Christine Sandoval! I am a dedicated and experienced Realtor® serving the Inland Empire. As a native of Rancho Cucamonga, I have built a reputation for providing top-notch service and achieving outstanding results for my clients. With over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, I am an advocate for my clients' best interests. I have a passion for helping families find their forever homes. Coming from a law enforcement and military family, I pride myself in being a Military Relocation Specialist with a commitment to helping veterans and first responders. When I am not busy helping my clients navigate the world of real estate, I enjoy spending time with my family chasing my twin boys around, while traveling and exploring the many hidden gems of the Inland Empire. See you around the IE!
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