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How to Make an Offer

Our real estate team is known for walking our customers and clients through every step of the buying or selling process. We pride ourselves on our clear communication while providing you with trusted knowledge to make an informed decision about your real estate transaction. In this blog post, we are going to share our best tips about how to make a real estate offer. Finding the right house takes time, but when you finally find the perfect match, it's time to make an offer. Let's dive into what our real estate agents recommend if you want to present a strong and competitive offer.



1. Determine your budget: Assess your financial situation and establish a budget for the property you intend to purchase. Consider factors such as down payment, mortgage pre-approval, closing costs, and potential future expenses.


2. Research the market: Our team does the hard work by conducting research on the local real estate market. We help you analyze recent sales data, comparable properties, and market trends to gain insights into property values and competition.


3. Determine the offer price: Based on our market research, it's time to determine an appropriate offer price. It's important to consider factors such as the property's condition, location, comparable sales, and the seller's asking price. This is where our agents step in again to provide guidance on pricing strategies for this specific Vermont listing. 


4. Include contingencies: Contingencies are conditions that must be met for the offer to proceed. Common contingencies include home inspections, financing approval, and appraisal. Including contingencies provides you with an opportunity to negotiate or withdraw your offer if certain conditions are not met.


5. Prepare the offer letter: Organize your offer, our team will outline and document your offer in preparation of delivery to the seller.  This outline will clearly state the price, contingencies and any additional terms you wish to include.  These items will fluctuate pending market pressures, timing and other factors.


6. Submit the offer: We will formally present your offer to the seller or the seller's real estate agent. Your agent will guide you through the process, help negotiate terms, and facilitate communication with the seller.


7. Negotiate and respond to counteroffers: The seller may choose to accept your offer, reject it, or provide a counteroffer with modified terms. Negotiations may involve price adjustments, contingencies, or other terms. Be prepared to respond to counteroffers promptly and consider seeking advice from us, your real estate team.


8. Finalize the purchase agreement: Once both parties reach an agreement, you will need to finalize the purchase agreement. Our agents will ensure all necessary paperwork is completed accurately and within the specified timeframe.


Here in Vermont, we have specific local laws and practices, which may vary from other areas. Luckily, our team is well-versed and highly knowledgeable about all of the real estate rules and regulations. Trust in our team to guide you through this process! We look forward to working together. Contact us today at (802) 228-8877. 






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