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How To Respond To A Low Offer On Your Home

Consider before you ignore a very low purchase offer for your home. A counteroffer and negotiation could turn that low purchase offer into a sale. When you receive a low offer on your house, the best response is to counter with a price you're willing to accept.

You just received a purchase offer from someone who wants to buy your home. You’re excited and relieved, until you realize the purchase offer is much lower than your asking price. How should you respond? Set aside your emotions, focus on the facts, and prepare a counteroffer that keeps the buyers involved in the deal.


Check your emotions

A low purchase offer still means someone wants to purchase your home. Unless the offer is rediculously low, it deserves a response. Remain calm and discuss with your Realtor the many ways you can respond to a low purchase offer.

Counter the purchase offer

Unless you have multiple purchase offers, the best response is to counter the low offer with a price and terms you’re willing to accept. Some buyers make a low offer because they think that’s customary, they’re afraid they’ll overpay, or they want to test your limits.

A counteroffer signals that you’re willing to negotiate. One strategy for your counteroffer is to lower your price, but remove any concessions such as seller assistance with closing costs, or features such as kitchen...

What Not To Do When Your Home Is On The Market

What Not to Do When Your Home Is on the Market

By Kelly O'Ryan  Print Article

RISMEDIA, August 9, 2011—There is a lot of advice available for those looking to sell their home these days. Instead of telling you want to do to sell your home in today’s market, let’s focus on what not to do.

1.) Do not defer on basic home maintenance. Slacking on basic home care can be extremely risky and is likely to attract the wrong kind of buyer. Best case scenario, houses that need a lot of work will attract a property flipper, known for their low offers. A house that is run down almost always makes a negative first impression and tends to seem like a headache to buyers.

2.) Do not leave up wallpaper and borders. These personal décor elements, along with murals and specialized painting applications, only work to narrow the seller’s buyer pool. Sellers need to remember the importance of neutralizing their home with modern paint hues that appeal to a broader audience.

3.) Do not block the front of the house with shrubbery. Prospective buyers often drive by homes for an initial viewing, before they decide whether or not they want to make an appointment for a showing. If the house is blocked by trees...

Top 5 Things You Should Know To Help Sell Your Home Fast

Top 5 Things You Should Know to Help Sell Your Home Fast

By Sharon Snyder  Print Article

RISMEDIA, August 8, 2011—While many markets around the country continue to experience challenges as the market makes its slow turnaround, Ann Arbor real estate is selling fast, and it’s because we follow some simple rules.

1. Curb appeal is key to selling your home

If it looks rundown from the outside, then it probably is on the inside too. Curb appeal is all about first impressions. Buyers want to feel like they could live in a home from the moment they pull up in front of it. Basic improvements such as exterior painting, cutting the grass and planting some flowers improve the look of a home from the outside tremendously.

2. Deodorize

Every home has a unique odor, especially if pets are present. Be sure to professionally clean the carpet and the furniture and replace carpets if necessary. Keep pets clean and the home free from dander. Consider taking pets and pet cages if present in the home with you when you leave for showings.

3. Really want to...

Indiana Residential Real Estate Market Analysis

January 1 to June 30 2011

Indiana Realtor Association

Indiana Residential Real Estate Market Analysis


Total State statistics:


While a -11.2% change in closed sales doesn’t look positive it should be noted that Jan-June 2010 transaction numbers were influenced by the “Federal Tax Credit” on home purchases. This accelerated the number of transactions that occurred in the first half of the year and depressed the number of transactions in the second half of the year, so second half comparisons should improve considerably.

It is healthy to note that the median sales price rose, which might signal that fewer low price REO  sales were occurring. Also the decline in inventory is another signal that the market is beginning to return to balance and the significant buyers market will lose its leverage as buyers have fewer properties to choose from.



By comparison to the state figures, the Clark County market has not begun to rebound. Inventory has risen and sales declined, which could both lead to the decline in Median Sales Price due to an abundant of properties to choose from causing continued pricing pressure.


Unlike Clark Co. Floyd has fared better this year. Inventory has declined faster than sales have declined leading closer to a balanced market. Although June’s median sales price was down, the YTD median has climbed 5.7%. We expect and hope this trend continues in Floyd Co.



Once again the decline in inventory outpaced the decline in sales in Harrison Co. leaving fewer properties for buyers to choose from. We haven’t seen a rebound in pricing as of yet but a continued reduction in inventory will eventually cause prices to stabilize and rise. Again the YTD median...

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