You ask a good question. I use statistics and knowledge of an area before writing any offers with buyers. The stats will show you what the Average Sold to Original List Price is for that area. In your scenario, you're suggesting homes are selling 30% less than asking price, which I can tell you they aren't. I am a 5 star agent with a background in mortgage and I have worked for our local MLS in their real estate data department. I'd love to speak with you further about the area and your reasons for offering such a low price on a home of that price. At times, homes are overpriced but that occurs less often than more. To answer your question more candidly, yes you can offer $300,000 less, but is your objective to write offers, or buy a house? Let's talk facts and data.
Ariana Loucas RE/MAX 5 Star Multi Million Dollar Agent
As for paying all cash vs financing it is two fold. The first is the ease of the transaction and getting your offer accepted over financed offers. The other is leveraging and any tax advantages. You will want to discuss this with your tax advisor.
You really do need to enlist the help of an excellent "buyer agent" to help you. Each property is different, and the motivation of the seller is also different. My general opinion however, is that the market is changing and you will have little to no success with the "low ball"strategy.
I have actually seen sellers throw offers in the trash that were annoying or insulting to them..so, buyer beware.
As others say, it depends on the seller's motivation. How eager/desperate is he to sell?
Another point: Know what the house is actually worth. Just because it's priced at $900,000 doesn't mean that's what you or anyone else should pay. OK, it's probably not worth just $600,000. But it might only be worth $800,000, in which case your offer--while still low--is a lot more reasonable.
Getting back to motivation, cash isn't always king. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But let's say the seller owes $800,000 on the property. Whether you finance the purchase or pay all cash, the seller is still looking at losing over $200,000. Even with cash, the seller may not be able to do that. Buying with all cash is just telling the seller: "This deal won't fall through because of financing." That's all it says.
There are also ways to structure your deal to make a low offer more appealing. Your Realtor can advise you on those.
So: Determine the real value. Figure out a strategy to make your offer as appealing as possible. Then make it. There are three possible outcomes: (1) The buyer accepts. (2) The buyer counters and you can negotiate. (3) The buyer rejects the offer. And if it's rejected, either move on or make another offer.
But make the offer. You might not get it by offering 33% under the listing price. But you can be 100% sure that you'll never get it if you don't make the offer.
Hope that helps.
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You can make any offer you choose to. You will always get a better deal with cash. A few things to consider would be: what are the days on the market? What is the condition of the property? Is the seller motivated? The one scenario that would preclude you from a good deal is if this home is a short sale or the mortgage payoff is close to what the sales price is. A lot of sellers are pricing their home based on what they owe and thus trying to avoid a short sale but in reality the home really should be listed as a short sale. Just trying to cover all possible scenarios. Hopefully you have other real estate to maintain tax advantages if you pay cash for this home. If you need further assistance do not hesitate to call. Hope this helps. 301-440-1489 or email@example.com.
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