Well, there are several, but each situation is unique. For example, some sellers may want a free rentback, long close, etc.
1) Ask what the seller is looking for in addition to a top price (free rentback, etc.)
2) Run your comparables to see where the area offers are heading
3) Write a clean offer
4) Communicate with the listing agent about expectations on things such as contingency length
If you don't see your self staying in the unit for a long time, you may want to consider saving longer for a market rate unit. You won't have the opportunity to earn much when you sell. They are great if you plan to stay long term. Think of it as a shelter from the rental market.... more