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How to Deal with a "Low-Ball" Offer

Chuck Gulyas’ Blog September, 2015


Exciting sales statistics coming out of Lethbridge for the month of August. Single family home sales in the city were up 12% over last year. Although 12% is a great number in itself, combine it with the fact that sales were up 28% last August over 2013! The number of listings of single family homes was down 11% month over month with just 157 new listings for August compared to 176.


By all accounts was a great month here and Lethbridge! Total single family home sales here in Lethbridge are up 7% year to date and the annualized average price of a single family home is steady at $305,149.00. Let's hope for another strong month in September!




How to Deal with a "Low-Ball" Offer


If you take care to price your home correctly — that is, at a price that is in line with what similar properties in the area have sold for recently — then you have a good chance of selling it at or near your asking price. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a low-ball offer. You might. So what do you do when that happens?


First, understand that the buyer may not necessarily be trying to steal away your home at a bargain-basement price. He might simply be mistaken about its true market value. Of course, he might also be coming in at a low price in the hopes he’ll get lucky.


You will never actually know the buyer’s motives. So it would be a mistake to get angry or dismiss the offer out-of-hand. That low-ball offer might end up being the beginning of a negotiation that results in you selling your home at a good price.



Your first step is to work with your REALTOR® to determine:


  • How serious the buyer is.
  • How qualified the buyer is. (For example, does he have a pre-approved mortgage?)
  • How amenable the buyer is to a counter-offer that reflects the true market value of your home.
  • What that counter-offer should be.


This isn’t an easy process. It takes knowledge and experience to get it right. That’s why working with a good REALTOR® is essential.


Looking for a REALTOR® who is an expert at this stuff? Call Chuck Gulyas today.


“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out,”

-Coach John Wooden.



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