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How Should You Respond to a Low Offer on Your Home?

Justin Vierra
Jul 8 4 minutes read

A few steps you can take to negotiate a great deal with lowball offers.

Dealing with lowball offers when selling your home can be challenging and often requires a strategic approach. Whether you’re faced with an offer shortly after listing or after your home has been on the market for several months, understanding the context and implications is crucial. Here’s how to handle these scenarios effectively.

Early Lowball Offers

When you receive a lowball offer in the early days of your listing, it's essential to assess the situation carefully. Start by evaluating the marketing efforts and their impact. Consider the following:

  • Marketing Response: How effective has your marketing been? Are you getting a good number of showings and inquiries?
  • Feedback from Agents and Buyers: What are real estate agents and potential buyers saying about your property?
  • Other Offers: Are you receiving other offers, and how do they compare to the lowball offer?

An early lowball offer could simply be an opportunistic buyer testing the waters. However, it might also indicate that your property is priced higher than what the market is willing to pay. If feedback suggests your price is in line with market expectations, you can afford to be firm with lowball offers. On the other hand, if feedback indicates issues with the price or the property, consider this offer as valuable market insight.

Countering Lowball Offers

When deciding whether to counter a lowball offer, timing is critical. If your home has only been on the market for a short time and you have no other offers, countering can be a strategic move. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Firm Counters: Make a firm counteroffer that reflects the property's true value. Avoid drastic concessions unless absolutely necessary.
  • Negotiation Terms: If you find yourself needing to include additional incentives or flexible terms to make the deal attractive, this could be a sign that your listing price is too high.

In scenarios where there is significant interest from other potential buyers, you might choose to ignore the lowball offer. However, if market activity is slow, engaging with the offer can help keep negotiations open.

"Always double-check the comps—you’ll never know what you find!"

Late Lowball Offers

If your property has been on the market for an extended period (e.g., 30 days or more), a lowball offer may provide critical insights into its market value. Consider these factors:

  • Market Feedback: A lowball offer after a long time on the market suggests your asking price might be too high.
  • Engaging Offers: Engage with the offer to understand the buyer's perspective. This doesn’t mean accepting it outright but using it as a basis to adjust your pricing strategy.

Every property is unique, and exceptions exist, especially with distinctive properties or locations. Real estate negotiations are nuanced and complex, requiring a tailored approach to each situation.

Final Thoughts

Real estate transactions are inherently complex and require a nuanced approach, especially when dealing with lowball offers. If you appreciate a well-rounded understanding of your listing's performance and want to align it with your goals, it’s essential to seek professional advice tailored to your needs. As a real estate professional, I prioritize understanding each client's unique situation to provide the best possible guidance.

If this approach resonates with you, let’s discuss your real estate goals and how we can achieve them together.

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