Often, when a seller has taken the time to properly prepare their home for sale, and they’ve hired the best Realtor who takes pride in presenting and marketing that home well a seller will receive offers right away. And, it’s not just a cliche, “your first offer is the best offer”, it’s more often than not, the truth.
So that first early offer? Sellers tend to reject it because they felt it happened too quickly and they want to hold out. They’re feeling adamant and confident because there is some good activity. Real Estate agents see good offers rejected early because the seller thinks they can get more.
Then, days, weeks even months later, the owners find themselves settling for less. That first offer should always be taken seriously and it’s probably the best opportunity to control the price and terms. It might not be what the seller was hoping for but, a good Realtor will walk the seller through a counteroffer, and even the ability to negotiate for other details can work for the seller.
The time a home is on the market to sell decreases its value. The longer it is listed the less interested buyers and Realtors are in the property. People will begin to wonder what is wrong with the property. Sellers are in the best position to get a good price for their home when it is new to the market. If the home does not sell buyers become suspect.
With a “for sale” sign in any yard too long, no matter the reason, it makes it more difficult to stir up interest. As the days go on, the home becomes less desirable. The market could change and take a downturn leaving the home that is priced on the comps when it was listed, now priced too high. An identical home could enter the market at a lower price.
The Bottom Line: The first three weeks are usually the most active. If an offer is made during that time, there are three possible outcomes:
1. After some negotiation, the offer is accepted
2. After some negotiation the offer is rejected as being too low and the home continues to be marketed. Eventually, the home is sold for a better price
3. After some negotiation, the offer is rejected. Months later the Realtor is asked if the original buyer is still interested only to find out they have purchased elsewhere. The owner ends up reducing the price and sells for less than the original offer.
It’s worth working with that offer unless it’s ridiculously low.