Yes, you can negotiate. If you have a Realtor representing you as a Buyer, they are obliged to provide you with three most recent comparable sales (a good Realtor will know the criteria necessary; remaining with a certain amount of square footage, # of rooms, year build, pool, radius, etc) as so you can make the best educated decision on your initial offer. Also, having the local Facts and Trends available is helpful when negotiating. Currently, the inventory is very low, so there is a lot of competition and often times if the property is listed close to the market value, there are many times where properties are selling at and above the list price/market value. Additionally, a great Realtor might communicate with the listing agent to determine if there are any other offers and be able to pre-negotiate verbally as so you can submit a clean offer knowing pretty much where you are. There are also a lot of factors that can be negotiated in the contract (escrow money deposit, # of days for inspection, providing Proof of Funds, preapprovals and much more) that might help make your offer stand out amongst others. Hope this helps!