The first thing to remember when making an offer on a property is to remember that there are other potential buyers. Therefore, it is vital to get your portfolio looking as good as possible to get yourself ahead. This will give you an advantage to getting your offer accepted.
Despite all your best efforts, if a cash buyer makes an offer, they will gain priority. The reason for this is because there are fewer variables that can go wrong and the process can be completed faster. Luckily, cash buyers are seeming to be not as apparent these days.
The most recommended pathway is to send over a copy of your Mortgage Agreement in Principle to the Estate Agent. This will get you ahead of the other potential buyers who are also in the running if they haven’t yet got theirs sorted. We can produce an Agreement in principle very quickly. If it appears that you have a straightforward case, then we are also able to offer a “same day service”.
Getting a mortgage is about negotiating. It will most likely turn out that your initial offer will be rejected but rest assured, this is expected. If this happens, you will be given an option by your Estate Agent to increase the offer. It is best to be sensible and go for the amount which seems the most reasonable price to which you can afford.
If your second offer is also not accepted, the possible reason for this could be down to willingness towards the payment of the asking price. Therefore, if the property is new to the market and the asking price seems too high, sometimes the best option is to be prepared to find another property.
“Sold” prices on Property websites such as Zoopla and Rightmove can be a great insight to giving you a right estimate on correct asking prices depending on the area. A lot of this data is compiled from the Land Registry, meaning it should be reliable.
Certain properties may stand out because they may seem much lower in price compared to the other houses that surround them, there will be an underlying reason for this. The most common reasons include:
In our service we will guide you with your offering strategy. It may seem nerve-wracking but it is also a very exciting part of the process.
Making a good offer is an integral part of getting the property you liked but there are certain things you need to consider when you are making an offer on any property that you wish to purchase. It is not enough just to be giving asking price to be a good buyer and stand out from other buyers but there are other things the seller considers while making the decision on choosing the buyer.
While you can get submit a verbal offer either in person or on phone, most of the agents now ask for you to send your offer via email these days, for records for both parties. This offer is then taken to the seller who chooses to accept or reject your offer. An agent is liable to pass any offer he received to the seller for their consideration.
The seller will take you more seriously if you come across as a well-prepared buyer who can show evidence that they can afford the property with a ‘mortgage agreement in principle’. You should also have a solicitor in place so you can advance their details when the offer on the property is accepted.
Any buyer without baggage of previous mortgages, first time buyers in Nottingham or buyers with pre-organised mortgages will have a benefit of preference from the seller.
Your transactions and agreements will process more swiftly if you are a chain free and organised house buyer.
Tip: If the seller is in hurry to sell or has been trying to sell the property for some time, they might accept a lower offer than the asking price as well, especially if your purchase will pass through quickly.
Some sellers are not constricted by time or other factors and hence will wait for the buyers who can offer a higher price to maximise the value of the property.
No matter what price you are offering for the property, do it with assertiveness and confidence. Most negotiations include several rounds of offers and counter-offers.
While you might be attracted to a certain property, you should always have a budget ceiling in mind. This will help you decide the maximum you can offer for a property and if the investment is worth for you in long term. An agent is required to be transparent and will let you know if other parties are interested in the properties to help you make your case.
Ensure that it is clear to all parties that the offer is:
Subject to Contract (STC) – the final sale is made when lawyers have exchanged and signed contracts.
Subject to Survey – allows any cost for faults and issues to be taken in account.
Ensure that the agent has taken the property off the market otherwise, you risk a chance of being gazumped.