How "generous" are sellers being at this time in agreeing to buyers' requests for closing costs assistance?

Asked by Bauhaus, Philadelphia, PA Thu Mar 1, 2012

Specifically, lower Montgomery county interests me - from Elkins/Melrose Park to Wyndmoor/Erdenheim/Whitemarsh. Are FHA buyers getting 6% or something close?

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Emily Landis…, Agent, Lansdale, PA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
To answer your question, yes. You should be able to obtain very close to a full assist. It really depends on a sellers net and making sure there would be no appraisal issues.
You should really be working with an agent who knows the area and the market well enough so they can represent your needs.
If I can help you any further, please do not hesitate to contact a local agent!

Emily Landis Torres
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Jim O'Rourke, , Philadelphia County, PA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Keep in mind that although many parts of the standard sales agreement are wriitten to conform with customary practice, you are welcome to craft your offer to purchase in a manner that would essentially negotiate many of the costs between the buyer and seller. Of course, that doesn't mean that the seller has to accept your offer; but don't let that be an obstacle to negotiating in good faith. Your real estate agent should be reviewing all the terms of the contract with you before presenting it to the seller, so please take the time in advance to ask questions to your agent about what costs might be negotiated.

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Anne Rubin, Agent, Elkins Park, PA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Negotiations is the name of the game. In this area sellers are finding that most buyers require seller's assistance, or help with closing costs. It is become part of the normal way of doing business. If you are getting an FHA mortgage you can request up to 6% of allowable costs. If you have further questions please contact me. My office is very close to the areas you are considering.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
The critical number here is the LISTING PRICE;
If the Seller listed LOW, hoping for multiple offers, and try to go under that AND have them pay your closing costs; you had better hope that they don't know what Market Value is, and that you do!
This all has a lot to do with how distressed the Seller is; which you probably will never now. You might find how far you can push the Seller, but that may not mean he's distressed.

Several suggested adding the Closing Costs to to offer, so that you don't have to put out the Cash:
This only works if the Appraisal is high enough.

Get a good Buyer's Agent and work it out; there is no SIMPLE ANSWER.

Good luck and may God bless
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Christy Abra…, Agent, Collegeville, PA
Thu Mar 1, 2012
Usually the seller will agree to up to 6% and yes as Tim mentioned the seller will look at the bottom line. Just make sure to add whatever you are asking for on top in his example below based on what you qualify for.
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Tim Moore, Agent, Kitty Hawk, NC
Thu Mar 1, 2012
My experience is it is all about the bottom line. These offers are equal and identical to a seller:

Purchase price $200,000 no closing costs

Purchase price $205,000 with $5000 in closing costs

Purchase price $210,000 with $10,000 in closing costs
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