Making an Offer on a House in Baton Rouge, LA

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Making an Offer on a House in Baton Rouge, LA

Ready to make an offer on a house? Call Ashley Kimble Slaughter at 225-235-9379

Choosing to buy a home in Baton Rouge is a big decision that requires serious thought and planning. This is most likely one of the biggest purchases you’ll make, and you want to make sure you’re choosing a home that fits well within your budget. When a seller places their home on the market, they set the asking price. This doesn’t mean that you have go with the original asking price. There may be some wiggle room that allows you to make an offer that is better suited to your financial needs.

Choosing an Offer

There are several factors that may help you settle on a lower offer that gets accepted. Though you may drift off into day dreams when you think of calling the new house your home, step outside of your emotional response and take a closer look at the condition of the house.

Check out the report filed by the home inspector. If you don’t understand what’s being said, ask Ashley Kimble Slaughter to explain the important details you should take note of in the report. There may be repairs that are needed, and this can be a suitable reason for offering a lower offer on the house.

Ask Ashley how long the property has been on the market. The longer a home is on the market, the better chance you have at making a lower offer that will be accepted. Many homeowners are waiting to sell their current home so that they can move into their new house. This could make them take your lower offer seriously.

If the home is priced higher than other homes in the same area, Ashley can advise you on the likelihood of a different offer being accepted. The home may be priced higher due to more amenities. In this case, the asking price may be on target. It’s important to consult with a real estate professional so that you don’t go in with a low offer, in this case, and insult the seller. It could be that the home is actually worth the asking price compared to other homes in the area.

Other Things to Consider

When you place your offer, it’s important to remember that you may not be the only person interested in purchasing this house. There could be other people placing offers at the same time. You want your offer to stand apart and get the attention of the seller.

Consider how quickly you can move on your offer and close the deal. If your move-in date is flexible, a seller may choose your offer over one with a more rigid move-in date.

Consult with Ashley on the best terms to include with your offer. She has years of experience and the knowledge to help your offer get the attention it deserves.

The Offer is on the Table

Once you’ve nailed down the details of your offer and Ashley has presented the offer to the seller, you can expect one of three responses. The seller will either accept your offer, reject your offer, or make a counter offer.

Your hope is that they accept your offer. This makes things easier for you and moves things forward in the buying process. However, the most common response from a seller is a counter offer.

When the counter offer comes in, Ashley will discuss strategies with you on how to move forward. She’ll know best which aspects of the counter offer make sense and which may need a closer look. She may have suggestions that will help reassure the seller of your intentions and get things moving in a positive direction.

Trust a Professional

This part of the home buying process is so important because it requires knowledge and experience in real estate that you may not possess. You need to have all the information at hand, but putting forth an offer that leads to a successful home purchase takes more than having all the market details.

You need a fierce negotiator on your side when it comes to getting your offer accepted. Ashley Kimble Slaughter has the bargaining skills and the experience needed to help you go through the buying process as quickly as possible. You can rely on her to go to bat for you and negotiate the terms that make sense for your needs.

Knowing that you don’t have to go through this process alone can provide you with peace of mind and decrease the stress that comes with buying a home. When you're ready to explore purchasing a home in the Baton Rouge area, give Ashley Kimble Slaughter a call at 225-235-9379.

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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

All great tips for buyers who are ready to make the offer on their dream house. As it is still seller's market in most cities, it is highly advisable to offer your best and final from the very start. Low ball offers do not work in Southern Ca. But a clean and easy offer does get selected as one of the finalists.

Oct 16, 2015 03:23 AM