When your search for the right home finally comes to an end, you will be faced with deciding how much to offer for the house you have chosen to purchase. The amount you offer is a big part of buying a house, and you should not simply rush into the decision. Instead, you should think about this decision thoroughly, and you may want to evaluate the following factors as you decide how much to offer on the house.
The asking price
The first factor you have to consider when making an offer is the price the seller is asking for the house. While the asking price is simply the amount the seller would be happy receiving for the house, it is not the price you will necessarily pay for it. You cannot base your offer amount simply on the amount a person is asking, but you can keep it in mind during the process of coming up with the right offer.
The fair market value of the home
The fair market value of the home you want to buy is actually a more important amount than the seller's asking price. The fair market value of a house is what the house is worth today, in today's market, and with today's values. Offering the fair market value of a house is an acceptable amount to offer, but you might wonder how you will know what this amount is.
A good way to find out is by asking your agent to complete a comparative market analysis (CMA) of the house. This will base the value on today's values, and it will help you know what the house is worth. Another option is to get an appraisal of the house; however, this is not something you can do overnight. It may take time to find an appraiser and have him or her complete the appraisal. In fact, this process could take a couple of weeks, and you may not want to wait for a couple of weeks to make your offer.
The problems, defects, or work the house needs
Finally, you might want to factor in any problems or defects you find in the house, but you should only do this if these were not factored into the asking price of the home. In most cases, sellers are aware of problems, and they adjust their prices accordingly for these issues.
As you think about the price you want to offer, talk to your agent to obtain more advice and suggestions. If you have questions about single family homes for sale, contact a real estate agency today.