Making an offer on a Home
Found it! Now let’s buy it!
When you’ve found a home that you’re interested in, it’s time to make an offer. Let’s do it!
As your buyer agents, we will draw up your offering price, necessary contingencies, and other terms into a formal contract.
[Note: in South Dakota…it is not a deal until signatures are in place!]
You will want to review this document carefully and make sure it states your terms exactly. If the offer is accepted by a seller, this contract will become a legally binding agreement.
In addition to an offer contract, you will need to provide earnest money as well as a letter from your lender indicating your qualification to purchase.
Earnest Money typically runs between $500 – $5,000…depending on the price of the home. You will not be at risk of losing your earnest money as long as you do not default on your contract. The amount will be credited towards the closing costs of the house at closing.
After you’ve made your offer, the Seller will be able to:
- Accept your offer
- Reject your offer
- Execute a counter offer
In most cases, a seller will not accept your initial offer outright. Typical counter offers include modifications to:
- Purchase price
- Closing date
- Possession date
When making an offer on a home, you should be prepared for the negotiations to go back and forth several times before both parties agree to the terms. You might also have to compete with other interested buyers in certain market conditions.
When an agreement is reached on all terms and both the seller and you as the buyer have signed the offer, you are both under a legally binding contract.
Things to keep in mind
As a buyer, you will be in a better negotiating position if:
- You have been pre-approved for a mortgage
- You are not selling a house at the same time
- You have not loaded your offer with other contingencies
Regardless of your circumstances, we can always ask and see what the seller is willing and able to do.
We do our best to make sure you get into that home you have decided is best for you.