Make an offer and get accepted

Understand the local market

When you have found the home you want to buy, you have to submit an offer. This will, of course, be guided by the asking price, but the asking price is not set in stone. You might be able to buy the house for less, or you might have to buy it for more. 

 

To get an idea of how much you should offer, analyse the local market looking at both asking prices and sold prices. This will help ensure that you’re not offering more than you should. It’s best to concentrate on similar sized and styled properties in the area you are hoping to live. If you can’t find any exact matches, look for sold prices on properties in the same region with the same features, such as the number of bedrooms and garden size. 

 

Understand your financial position. 

Once again, we return to the most important thing - make sure you are absolutely clear on how much you can afford to spend and do not, under any circumstances, be tempted to go over this amount. If the seller is adamant they want more than you can afford, walk away. This is a classic example of where head must rule over heart.

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Submitting your offer

The actual process of submitting an offer should always be done through an estate agent, not directly to the seller and it’s worth knowing that agents are legally obliged to pass on each and every offer they receive. It’s always best to confirm your offer in writing so that you’re not misheard or misunderstood. 

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5 top tips for getting your offer accepted

 

Be swift

When you’ve identified the home you want to buy, be swift and get your offer in sooner rather than later. On today’s market, homes sell very quickly and if you dilly-dally, your offer might arrive too late. 

 

Be realistic 

Don’t make your offer unreasonably low. While you want a good deal, so does the seller. A silly offer is likely to frustrate them; they might even consider it offensive. 

 

Play your position

Sellers often want to sell quickly and without unnecessary complication. If, therefore, you are a first-time buyer, or are not linked to a chain, or can afford to buy in cash, make sure the seller knows this. If they receive two identical offers, they will choose the one that allows for the fastest, easiest path to completion. 

 

Trust your agent

Trust the advice of your agent. They are a professional who knows the local market like the back of their hand. They know better than you how to get an offer accepted. You can rely on them to do what’s in your best interests. 

 

Have everything in order

Make sure your paperwork and life circumstances are in order to allow for the smoothest possible transition of ownership. Sellers will appreciate this and are, therefore, more likely to accept your offer.