I see you are getting the answers you want so I have an alternative suggestion for you.
Call a broker and offer to pay the broker to help you with the writing of the counter offer and give the broker a check for their work that day.
Harold Sharpe - Broker
So Cal Homes Realty
California Department of Real Estate License # 01312992
You definitely need legal assistance. Find a firm that specializes in California's Eminent Domain Law. It is also important that your appraiser have significant experience in eminent domain matters. The goverment has their own appraiser.
There is a reason nobody has directly answered your question. In these times it is possible that you would misinterpret something we say and then seek to recover monetary damages. We have no idea what the situation is. I know it sounds silly but it is the times we live in. A purchase agreement used to be one page. Now itâ€™s eight. One for every lawsuit.
Commissions are completely negotiable. Decide on an amount you are willing to pay and make a few calls. I have to agree that you may be being penny wise dollar foolish.
What an agent can do for you is to help you understand market value. Generally price discussions are based on market value analyses.
Good luck to you,
Unwavering Commitment to Service
This sounds like an Eminent Domain issue. I know your not keen on paying commission but it's very risky to not have representation. Our team includes myself and husband, Realtor and Attorney. We'd be happy to review your offer and counter. Don't go at this alone and that's my recomendation in terms of preparing a counter offer.
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
A counter offer needs to br written the same way a purchase and sales agreement would be written. It is bets to be on an official standard Purchase and sales that all real estateagents use as it will contains protections for you as well as any dsiclosures (both state and federal) which may still be needed even though selling to a city.
An attorney will charge by the hour and should give yo a free estimate. Saving pennies to lose dollars doesnt make sense. Make sure you do this right