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What Are The Steps To Making An Offer On Real Estate?


Buying a house is an exciting prospect. You get to think about what kind of place you'll live in, the neighborhood, and how it will be for your family. But there are some other things to consider before you make an offer on any property. What if the seller accepts? What if they don't? And what are the steps involved with making an offer on real estate in general?

We're here to answer all these questions and more! 


Choose the right home for you. 

New technology is making it easier than ever to find your perfect home. You can use Zillow, a website that will tell you about new listings in the area and bring up pictures for homes matching what criteria are important (like price range). Once there’s something on their radar they want more information about before committing though - like whether or not it's actually available.

Know your budget.

It’s time to run the numbers. Do you have enough for your down payment and monthly payments on a home? Most mortgage lenders will include property taxes in those figures, so be sure to take them into account when crunching these numbers because it could affect how much house or condo that is really feasible with what's available from savings accounts/post-tax income per month (whatever). If there are planned communities like condos where dues may also be required of residents after they purchase then factor this expense as well!

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Research the prices on the nearby houses sold so you can compare the home price. 

A comp is a comparison of the selling prices for homes in an area. It can help you determine if it's reasonable to pay what someone wants on their house, and also gives an idea about how much other houses have sold or been bought at recently so that when making offers we know where our starting point should be without wasting time going through every detail possible!

"Comps", which are displayed prominently online as well with Zillow listings nowadays include all this information plus more specific details like size etc., helping us shape better bids while saving paper by not writing extra large letters around each number rather than cutting them out individually (which saves ink) then sewing everything back together again later -

Plan what will be your offer price contingencies and timeline.

It can be hard to buy a home in the right market. In fact, you may have more competition than when trying to sell your own property! If this sounds like something that interests and concerns you at all then it would probably benefit from seeking out professional advice before making any offers on homes or farmland. Your agent has insight into what might make an attractive offer for sellers who are looking but also need time away from their current situation after selling theirs so take his/her opinion with both grains of salt (or give him 20%).

Make a draft, finalize, and submit your offer.

Your agent will draft a purchase and sale agreement for you to sign or e-sign before it's submitted. If your offer differs substantially from the asking price, consider including an explanatory letter summarizing market conditions that led up until now in order to give context as well as help them understand what exactly their client is offering on this property - both legally bound by anything presented with written consent at all times!

A contract is not just an agreement between two parties, but it's also important paperwork that guides you through every step of your new house-buying experience. You'll have a copy to keep and often refer back to when there are questions or problems along the way!

When the seller says yes, no or counter

When reviewing your offer, the owner might accept it as-is or decline and counter with another option. You can either take what they've offered before going through the negotiation process again if you feel like negotiations were exhausting already; however this time around it will be easier because both of us are from similar backgrounds which helps bridge any gaps during discussion on prices for property values - we understand each other's needs!

Negotiating is a lot of work, but the payoff can be worth it. You'll have to go through all sorts of negotiations with your buyer and seller - like price or repairs for example- before finally making an offer on their house! If you're not sure what they want in return when negotiating these things make sure that there are no surprises by asking up front so both parties know where they stand from the start.

Make sure that the sales contract is finalized and signed

Once both parties agree to the deal — including price, inspection and repairs negotiated by you or me depending on my expertise in that area of carpentry—the contract will be updated accordingly with your signature. The home is now officially “under contract." You'll have about 30-45 days before closing to finalize all details for an expedited close date so that we can finally become homeowners together!


Are You Looking to Purchase Real Estate in Northern California?

The Sexton Group specializes in all aspects of real estate. With three offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s easy to find one close by for whatever your needs may be! We specialize in residential sales for properties throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Sexton Group encompasses the essence of Berkeley’s charm, Oakland’s history and Lafayette’s family-oriented vibe all with a relaxed, down-to-earth nature. We are an amazing group of real estate agents whose wealth of experience spans more than 25 years in the industry.  Looking to buy a home in Contra Costa or Alameda County? Contact us today!