Counteroffers: What To Do

It's not unusual, whether you're a buyer or a seller, to start feeling that the other side is being totally unreasonable, or that the price is too low from a buyer or the seller is asking way beyond a reasonable asking price.

Sometimes, buyers may get upset and refuse to make a second counteroffer back to the seller because they feel the seller just won't listen, especially if it concerns the price. It's important to keep negotiating at that point. Getting upset will only get in the way. Each party may have what they feel are totally valid reasons for their position, and if you can find out what those are (and this is where your Realtor works for you), at least you have an understanding of the other side even if you're ultimately not going to agree with them. Once the emotional level has dropped, it's easier to make a rational decision that you won't regret later if you do end up rejecting the deal.

If you feel you're backing down on an important issue, then don't. Explain why this is important to you so that it can be communicated to the other party. Possibly the other side will walk away at that point, but that possibility also exists during the contingency periods during escrow.

It's important that you know why you think as you do--it can make the difference between selling/buying the property or not.


Lenny G said...

Good stuff Julia. I try to make it a practice to include in a cover letter the reasons for any specific terms in an offer or counter-offer. Explanations go a long way with regard to understanding.

Julia Huntsman said...

Yep, I agree that communicating any explanation is a great help.


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