Should I assume you're looking at for sale by owners ?
Because if you're working with a realtor Then I'm wondering ,,,,
If you 're looking at FSBO, I suggest you offer 10 to 15% less and negotiate from their
I also contact a Realtor whom does at least 15 - 20 yearly transactions They might be willing to take you're property to settlement for a flat fee
Negotiating is the easy part Settlling is the hard part You're dealing with buyer/ seller/ lender / under writer / insurance agent / surveyor / appraiser attorney / settlement coordinator/ etc One mistake and that you might lose it and owe a lot of people money
If the properties are listed go talk to an experianced agent in the area That is my suggested
As an accredited "Buyer's Agent" I always recommend a home inspection. This way you know what you are buying. At this time you have the opportunity to negotiate any needed repairs or replacements.