You Do Not Always Need to Get a Discount to Get a Deal

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Our mindset in America tends to lean toward buying stuff on sale, always needing a discount to validate a purchase. Many of us are raised that way. It's not our faults. Maybe our mothers or grandmothers survived the Great Depression. Folding pieces of aluminum foil, saving scraps of plastic. Hey, my husband still insists on saving plastic bags, which eventually lose integrity. Have you ever touched a stuffed bag of old plastic bags? They don't break down ever, but they do fall apart.

It's also one of the things I do not like about shopping at, say, Safeway in Midtown Sacramento. They hand you a receipt and say, look, you saved $35 by being a Safeway customer. Ha, ha, ha. Do I look like I fell off a turnip truck yesterday?

My point is you do not have to scrape every dime off the table during negotiations in order to win. Often, paying full price means you won. And it is OK. Don't get sucked into the mindset that without a discount, life is miserable. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: The Secret to Saving Money is Not Always Pinching Pennies.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Elizabeth. I understand what you are saying and I agree.

Jul 20, 2018 10:09 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Elizabeth - oh yes, I relate to that.  My parents were the same way about sales discounts.  I talk instead about value.

Jul 20, 2018 10:15 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Elizabeth- for me, it's not about the discount or the 10% I save but in the value I receive. 

Jul 20, 2018 05:32 PM #3
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Sheila Anderson I know people who have never bought an item of clothing that wasn't on sale. And that's bad because sometimes it's kinda hard to get excited over last season's stuff, and they never know the joy of purchasing an item you truly treasure and adore.

Jul 20, 2018 06:39 PM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Grant Schneider Most things are sold about the same everywhere. Unless you want cheap stuff from China, and then you can go to Wal-Mart for that.

Jul 20, 2018 06:39 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Kathy Streib Same here. It's a matter of did I get what I want? I catch myself doing it sometimes, finding something I want online and then hunting around to try to get a better price, and I have to remind myself, what is my time worth? How much would I save, $5? LOL. Put it into perspective.

It's like buyers who want to delay escrow by two weeks because they found some other lender who will reduce the interest rate by 1/16th of a percent.

Jul 20, 2018 06:41 PM #6
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

We recently worked with buyers who quoted a new construction patio home.  Just a hair under $500k to build the way they wanted.  3 cul de sac streets over in the same community, the same floor plan aged 3 years.  Motivated sellers asking $365k.  Multiple offers that we won at $370k.  Not technically discounted, but one of the best deals we're ever gotten for a buyer, and the reason they bought a year earlier than they'd planned.  Bill

Jul 20, 2018 07:45 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, in our real estate market, buyers are not really finding deals, especially under $450K.

Jul 21, 2018 05:53 AM #8
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I believe in the win-win which means to me a fair price for a fair product. It doesn't have to be the cheapest out there.

Jul 21, 2018 08:15 PM #9
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