As Paula said, you can offer pretty low and you don't have to worry about offending anyone. On the other hand, if you offer too low you might not get any response at all -- or you could miss out on a great deal if another buyer makes a slightly better offer. You should have an agent representing you. It doesn't cost you anything. The bank is already paying the commission to the listing agent no matter what. If you have an agent on your side of the deal, the listing agent just pays part of their commission to the "selling agent". I'd be happy to write the offer for you if that would be helpful. I'm a licensed broker in Florida, Georgia & SC as well.
I think they need to make between ten and twenty percent. That's over and above what they put into repairs. Take that into account when deciding how much to offer. It sounds like you've done your homework.
Michael Doyle Realtor
Get yourself a good REALTOR who is experienced in dealing with reo and loss mit foreclosures, then hit them with your BEST SHOT and go from there.
It will tak more time, but if that is all you have to lose, then go for it!
Make a low offer on the property according to what it is worth to YOU. Yes, a "lowball" offer. That's the purpose of shopping for a foreclosure. If you can't get a good deal, then they're not worth the look.
The longer the property sits on the market the more of a cut Homes Inc will be forced to take, as home values are dropping at this very moment. Home values decreased 12% last year, and they're projected to drop by that amount for each of the next two years.
Don't worry about others think, and don't ask any Realtor for advice. Realtors are out for themselves, and you need to look our for yourself and your family's best interest. Homes Inc is a business, and don't feel like you can 'insult' them. Who cares, anyway? Look out for yourself.
All of the information that the other have given you is very good and inline with what I personally believe. However, the only thing that I would make sure is that you are paying a price for the home that in fact todays market value but not tomorrows. We are in a declining make here in the Keys and it is not over. That doesn't meant that you shouldn't buy the property, it just means that you really should have an agent that is familiar with the area and representing you as a Single agent, or otherwise known as a Buyers Agent. DO NOT assume that if you call any Realtor, that they are representing you in that capacity. Out of the 455 Realtors in the Key West Association of Realtors, the majority of them opperate as a Transaction Broker. The difference is that the Single Agent or Buyers Agent is truly your agent looking after your interest legally. The Transaction Broker's loyalty is to the deal not your best interest. From January 01, 2006 to December 31, 2007 I was ranked #3 out of all of the 455 Realtors within the Key West Association of Realtors for the number of sales that occurred. I also have earned the ABR designation. This designation, Accredited Buyers Representative, means that I have been especially trained to work with Buyers and looking after their best behalf. I can be reached at 305-923-4234 if you would like to take advantage of my 20 years of Sales Experience. I also am extremely talented at helping you save money on your financing. Have a happy New Year!
Clearly the rules have changed since this was first written over two years ago. Now days it's hard to imagine a bank selling to a flipper and covering their costs.
That would be your answer.
Resolve, with every offer, there is a counter response and a property is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
When you sign up for Trulia please don't put down "agent" if you are not one! Read the directions! Unless I'm wrong Mistie--(Realtors are out for themselves, and you need to look our for yourself and your family's best interest)-- and maybe Joe are not agents....