Sellers Rights When Receiving a Buyer's Home Offer

Real Estate Agent with RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate

What Did You Say That Buyer's Offer is On My Home?


A home seller needs to understand their rights when selling their home.  I call it the Sellers Bill of Rights and it has been around a long time with many house for sale in Wickford RInames people use.  No matter how your real estate market is or sluggish, you should recognize and prepare for what you need to know as a seller.

Here are a few of the points that give you an overview of what you should know/ and or expect from your real estate agent:

- Be prepared to see a market analysis of the current real estate market, as well as the home solds in the last 6 months for comparable homes like yours.

- Receive what a typical selling price range should be and what your 'Net Proceeds' will be out of a house sale before listing your home.

- Talk to your agent about what price range you can and will accept prior to listing the home.  Are you realistic in what you can expect on the house sale?  Will you end up being a short sale?

- Ensure that this real estate agent will negotiate in good faith for you.  Test their skills by posing questions to them in how they would handle requested home repairs or a lowball offer from a buyer with you.  Can they quickly bring to the table a 'talk' that satisfies your needs.  If they say they are a strong negotiator remind them that in the 'throws' of negotiations that they are working for you.

- Do not eliminate low offers on the house.  Many a buyer will lowball hoping to get that one bargain.  Negotiate well since you know where you need to be on a house sale because you addressed this up front with your agent.


Here are some starting points that will help you as you prepare to think about listing your home for sale.  If you are in the RI real estate market area, I would love to hear from you and see how I may guide you in this process.  

What do you expect your Sellers Rights to be?


Waterfront, oceanfront, luxury and coastal Rhode Island real estate are my specialty but all of RI is my backyard.  When you are in need of a knowledgeable RI real estate professional and specialist for your buying, selling or relocating needs and an internet savvy marketer who sells RI houses in this real estate market, call Ginny Gorman at 401.529.7849 or email her at today.



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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ginny, all good points!  We do need the understand what our clients needs are when in the negotiation process.  We are working for them. 

Dec 20, 2016 06:57 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Low offers are just a starting point - sometimes the buyer was just testing the waters to see if he could get a crazy deal, and sometimes the buyer isn't listening to his agent's advice. Definitely counter!

Dec 20, 2016 07:05 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Ginny

These are important questions and issues any seeler should expect to encounter before and during the offer process. Any Rhode Island homeowner would be fortunate to work with you to get their hold sold!


Dec 20, 2016 07:13 AM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ginny Gorman,  I like it Sellers Bills of Rights!  I need a copy for my office and for my marketing book when listing.


Dec 20, 2016 08:00 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ginny this is great advice and hopefully your blog will be read by several Sellers before the list their home for sale.

Dec 20, 2016 10:34 AM #5
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

Great post and your advice is spot on. Thanks for sharing. 

Dec 20, 2016 10:56 AM #6
Susan Jemison
Windwalker William Raveis - Nantucket, MA
Full-service agent serving Nantucket and beyond.

Great advice clear and concise!


Dec 20, 2016 11:41 AM #7
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I can't tell you how many agents I know who don't do net sheets. For me, that's one of the basic items to provide the seller.

Dec 20, 2016 01:17 PM #8
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Congratulations on the featured post. I hope others will read this too and learn from it.

Dec 20, 2016 03:42 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Home sellers will be in very good hands when they select you as their listing agent.

Dec 20, 2016 05:22 PM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Ginny Gorman!  Great list of sellers' rights that I wish ALL SELLERS would read!  Even considering the low offers - price isn't everything so, it's always good to discuss the entire offer!

Congrats on the feature!

Dec 20, 2016 09:40 PM #11
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

A seller with a seasoned agent will assist in the negotiating process once offers have been received.

Dec 21, 2016 05:32 AM #12
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Ginny Gorman ,

Congratulations on a well deserved feature post! Love your Seller's Bill of Rights! All sellers need to be presented with this! Thank you for sharing!

Dec 21, 2016 05:51 AM #13
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

All good points to cover before listing the home. You can then return to them if an offer lines up in the window discussed. We have always found and recommend to sellers to consider negotiating any offer because that first offer is often the best one they may see and you never really know if the buyer is just trying it on to see the response and they actually love the home. It is all about discovering motivations and desires during the negotiation process.

Dec 21, 2016 07:43 AM #14
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It takes a good agent to make sellers understand all these issues.

Dec 21, 2016 09:08 AM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Yaaah....a feature for Christmas...and well deserved Ginny Gorman 

Dec 22, 2016 02:30 AM #16
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Great advice!!!

Ensure that this real estate agent will negotiate in good faith for you.  Test their skills by posing questions to them in how they would handle requested home repairs or a lowball offer from a buyer with you.

Dec 22, 2016 04:40 AM #17
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