How To Make A Good Offer On A House in Athens

It has been said that making an offer on a house is much like proposing marriage. You make the offer hoping (and sometimes believing) the answer will be “Yes,” all the while knowing in the back of your mind that the answer could very well be “No.” In-house buying as in a marriage proposal – if you’re really serious, that is – you want to do everything you can to make the offer irresistible. So here’s how to make a good offer on a house in Athens.

Be Prepared for Acceptance

When you make a good offer on a house in Athens, your offer is maybe accepted right away. So be prepared for that swift outcome. That means you should be pre-approved for financing and have funds set aside for the earnest-money deposit and the down payment. In addition, you’ll need time available to schedule an inspection and gather all the many necessary documents. A good offer is one that you’re prepared to follow up on right away.

Don’t Offer Too Little

Certainly, when you make a good offer on a house in Athens, you don’t want to offer too much. But a good offer is also one in which you don’t offer too little. The result of that is often to insult the seller and ruin your chances of getting a “Yes.”

Real estate experts agree that the best offer is only slightly below the asking price (assuming that you’ve made sure the asking price is very close to fair market value). You don’t, of course, want to offer more than you can practically afford, but you also shouldn’t insult the seller with a low-ball offer.

Try to Be Likeable

A related matter is simply trying to come across as likable as possible. The simple fact is that people would rather do business with people they like. Money may talk, but your likeability does too.

So in order to make a good offer on a house in Athens, you need to avoid being insulting in any way. Don’t point out the ugliness of certain aspects of the house, and don’t go on and on about all the changes you’ll make once you own it. Keep in mind that the house has probably been the seller’s home for many years, and they likely have a strong emotional attachment to it. Further, don’t make yourself a pest by overstaying your welcome during a viewing, and don’t ask for multiple, repeat viewings. And, finally, try to steer clear of unreasonable demands like asking for closing within a couple of days.

Don’t Make Too Many Concessions

Finally, one of your main goals when you make a good offer on a house inAthens, besides trying to get a “Yes,” is protecting yourself. So you should avoid granting too many or unreasonable concessions just to close the deal.

If the roof needs major repair, go ahead and ask for that to be done or for a substantial amount to be knocked off the sale price. And you absolutely shouldn’t waive the appraisal contingency. Remember, a good offer is not only one that gets you a “Yes,” but it is also reasonable and designed to protect your interests as the buyer. After all, if you make a mistake, here you’ll have to live with financial impact for a long, long time.

So now you know how to make a good offer on a house in {market-city]. But do you know enough to skirt the many pitfalls and overcome the obstacles you’ll encounter along the way? This is where the services of a real estate professional can help immensely.

If you are ready to buy, we can help you make a good offer on a Athens house! Send us a message, or give us a call today! 706-426-1082

Georgui Kassaev

Georgui Kassaev was invited to this country in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympic games. The first place he came to call his home after leaving Russia and performing all over Mexico, was Athens. He became a professional mixed martial arts fighter, then coach, and eventually obtained two black belts in taekwondo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He formed a specialty carpentry and construction business which sparked his passion for real estate. He then rediscovered his first passion performing. After all, he has performed in the circus since he was eleven years old in front of thousands of people and then again when he was an adult as a professional fighter. In 2018 he landed his first 3 television roles. While acting, he continued developing his real estate skills, becoming a value-add investor in the Classic City and then getting his real estate license. He has now become a listing specialist in the Greater Athens Area, working with homeowners to protect their interests and get them the right price for their property! However, he never abandoned his construction roots and works with investor clients to help them buy properties based on their numbers with no aversion to making multiple offers. Georgui is fluent in three languages Russian, Spanish, and English. He is proficient in video production and social media marketing.

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