You can request that the seller give you a written signed response thru their agent if you are concerned that your offer is not being presented. I do not know your market so I cannot say whether a seller would actually accept $20k-$30k less their asking price. The home may already reduced by $20k-$30k. Sounds like you need to have a heart -to-heart conversation with your agent.
Jeremy S. Hill, Realtor Associate
Keller Williams Realty
1814 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
"Your Interest 1st Always!"
Every offer I present asks for the seller to sign for acceptance, make changes and initial or reject, with a simple singature on the cover page...next to the word rejected. All signatures or initials are dated.
In our market ( I work in Bergen County where you are located) usually the seller only will sign an offer if it is accepted. This is usually after negotiations are completed. Your agent should have been speaking with the seller's agent and providing you with the information for you. If you have any doubts that your offer was presented, or how it was presented, call and ask to speak to the office manager, and discuss your concerns with them. They will be able to provide you with solid answers.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me through my website.
The best way to deal with this is like earlier was mentionned to ask the agent to present the offer in person as we have the right to do but sometimes the owner and the other realtor will try to avid this and waste time so they can get it in writing. If you really like the house you need to continue to negotiate or move on to another property. Sometimes a seller has a figure in his mind and will not let the house go unless he gets that no matter what the market is. Some owners realize the conditions and notice that it is better to take this now because in the long run it may cost me more time and money. Good luck and feel free to contact me for any advise. firstname.lastname@example.org.
It sounds as if the seller does not see an acceptable meeting ground between your offer and his price and as a result is not responding to your offer. When I present an offer I always try to do that in person, but if I do not have the opportunity to do so, then I routinely include an acknowledgement to be signed by the seller as proof that he did receive the offer. You can ask for a written acknowledgement - by law, a written offer must be presented.
If I can be of help to you, I am here. If you are working with an agent, then collect your thoughts and if you like this house, consider establishing a new starting point for your offer that might cause the seller to respond. As I said in my earlier response, a good pricing analysis could be most helpful here. You agent can help you with that. If you are not working with an agent, then do contact me.
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