It sounds like you need a good buyer's agent who can guide you. If you ask, he or she can put together a market analysis showing what a good price range would be. Most of the time, your buyer's agent fee will be paid by the seller. If the seller isn't outright offering to do so, you can always ask if he will, or you can try to negotiate it with the contract.
All houses will need new kitchens, roofs, windows and doors at some point in time. Whatever you offer, you should understand that the price you offer should be based on what the property is worth now - not what it will cost to renovate it. Not all renovations or repairs are immediately recouped in the price.... more
Ask your real estate professional. Your agent can do a comparative market analysis and show you the actual solds in the recent past for any particular property. Then you must weigh the risks of submitting too low of an offer. Some sellers take offense and will not negotiate once a really low offer is received. I counsel my sellers to counter all offers, no matter the first offer.... more