First, be very aware of the time frame. In our area, Montgomery County, MD, each side only has 3 days to responed (the first day of the count starts the day after noticer is received). This can go back and forth with each side providing notice to the other and waiting up to three days for the responser until the issue is resolved, one of the parties misses a deadline, or the contract is voided. Unfortunately, the sellers are not obligated to fix anything or provide closing credit outside of what they are contractually required to do. In a buyer's market, usually the sellers are more willing to fix things or to provide credit out of fear of losing the buyer. With other sellers there's a sence of pride of ownership, love of house and genuine desire to pass on the property in the best condition they can (I love these kind of sellers!). In other instances, the sellers can dig their hills in and not budge an inch. Sometimes this happens if the sellers feel that the sale price of the house is too low or they already spend more on fixing things up then they ever intended or in instances where the sellers have been "beaten up" about the sale price of the house. As far as negotiations are concerned... Both agents try to do what's best for ther respective clients. But regardless of how much we urge the other side to agree to our position, the ultimate decision is up to the client. If the seller is refusing to give you a credit for anything that's not contractually required, you have a choice to make - to accept the seller's decision or to walk away from the contract. In making this decision, consider all the factors. How much will the repairs cost you vis-a-vis the purcchase price? Will this still be a good purchase for you? How much do you love the house? Do you plan to live in it for a long time so that you can fix these items over a preiod of time rather then all at once? Or is this an investment in which scenario everything does come down to a dollar amount? Good luck and be mindful of how little time is left for your decision and response.