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How to Make an Offer on An Overpriced Investment Property

For Sale Sign in Front of Suburban HomeIf you’re an investor in Burlingame, you’re likely always looking for the next great bargain rental property. However, sometimes the property you’re interested in may not be listed at a favorable price or fair market value.

The acquisition of an overpriced home might be difficult to negotiate. Still, you can greatly improve your chances of getting a fair deal if you plan ahead, think strategically, and understand how negotiations work.

To negotiate a deal, you have to do study on the market, figure out what the seller wants, make an attractive offer, and know your limits. You are more likely to get a good result, and securing an acceptable price if you negotiate properly.

Research the Current Market

A comparative market study helps get objective information about recent sales, properties that are similar, and market trends. This study helps find differences between what the item is being sold for and what it is really worth. It gives buyers a good starting point for negotiating the price of an overpriced home.

Talk to real estate agents and look at sales records to learn about the local market. Look at the sale prices, features, location, condition, and market trends like the average number of days on the market and big changes in property worth. This thorough study gives you the information you need to negotiate well.

Knowing about the current real estate market can help you in many ways when you are negotiating. This research will help you find problems or possibly expensive parts of the property that could be used to justify a lower price.

Understand the Home Seller

If you know the seller’s motivation for selling, you’ll be more equipped to negotiate with them and discover common ground. When negotiating a good price, think about what they want, like a quick sale or an emotional connection.

Have open and honest conversations with the seller or the seller’s representative in order to uncover the reasoning behind why the seller is selling. Ask them what made them decide what they did and if there are any specific things that affected their choice. Pay attention to what they say as well as how they say it. Also, look into the history of the property and read public documents to learn more about the seller’s position.

Understanding the seller’s motives helps create a personalized strategy and fosters a cooperative atmosphere. It enables you to tailor your negotiation techniques, identify compromise opportunities, and increase the likelihood of finding a mutually beneficial solution.

Make an Appealing Offer

A strong offer gets the attention of the seller and shows that the buyer is serious about buying. It shows that you have carefully thought about how much the property is worth and want to come to a fair deal. When you make a unique offer, you increase your chances of getting a good deal or even getting the seller to change their price.

A compelling offer requires competitive pricing, a clear presentation, and convincing justification. Offer a price close to what the item is worth on the market, but less than what the seller is asking. Present the offer in a professional way by writing out the terms and conditions in a written proposal. Include a unique message that shows how interested you are in the property and how you feel about it or what you want to do with it.

A strong bid shows that you can be trusted and are willing to discuss things in good faith. It is backed up by market research and has a personal touch, which makes it more likely to get the seller’s attention and start a conversation. A good offer looks at the value of the property objectively, which can lead to a fair counteroffer or helpful negotiations.

Consider Alternatives

Considering options is a must if you want to increase the number of things you can negotiate. Exploring different terms or concessions can help close price gaps and reach a solution that works for both parties. Being flexible and open to different choices makes it more likely that you can reach a deal with the seller.

Talk about potential property repairs, inclusion of items, flexible closing dates, and shared responsibilities or expenses. If you don’t just look at the price, you might find better solutions by looking at other choices.

By focusing on shared interests or values, both parties can create a situation where everyone wins, and the seller feels like they got more than just money. Also, thinking about other options makes it more likely that you will find a good answer, even if the first price talks are hard.

Be Patient and Know Your Limits

During negotiations, don’t make hasty decisions or compromises. Being impatient can work against your best interests. Take the time to keep your mind clear and strong, which will make it more likely that things will turn out well. To set limits and stay in charge of the bargaining process, you need to know what your limits are.

Carefully look at offers, counteroffers, and proposals before making any choices. Active listening means giving the other person a chance to say what they think. Take breaks when you need to in order to stay focused and clear.

Think about what you need, what you want, and what would stop you from buying the property. Find your breaking point, which is the most you’re ready to pay or the worst thing that can happen.

Talk to experts to learn new things and figure out where you stand. You can negotiate well and make choices that are in your best interest if you know your limits and set them.

At Real Property Management Bay Area, we offer professional market studies of potential rental properties and full-service management of rental homes for people who own rental properties. Contact us today or call us at 650-696-1800 to find out more about what we have to offer.

Originally published on May 5, 2021

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