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February 2016

Inspections and Repair Negotiations

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While our sellers tend to become less stressed as soon as all of the purchase contract signatures are in place, We are with them and ready for the next negotiation phase. Property inspections can frequently result in buyer requirements for corrections by the seller. Whether you’re prepared for these or they come as a surprise, we’re here to help you to deal with them, as repair disputes are the most frequent reason for contract failures before closing.
Part of our job is to help you to avoid too many “surprises” related to condition and repair negotiations after inspections. We’ll do our best to give you information about what we see that buyers may want corrected, but there are definitely things that neither nobody can anticipate until the inspectors have submitted their reports. So, there’s one other thing we try to do in order to prepare you and leave some negotiation room for you.
We want you to always be thinking ahead to inspections and repair demands from the first offer. Always be thinking of what may be coming in the way of inspections and repair negotiations, especially when the initial purchase contract price negotiations are in play. No matter how urgent your need to sell, if you go too far in price concessions at the beginning, you may have no room left when inspections are done and condition corrections are requested by the buyer.
As the buyer is normally paying for and ordering inspections, our job for our sellers is to make sure that they happen on time and that we receive the inspection reports by deadline due dates. We then meet with our sellers and go over the reports and any buyer objections/requirements to develop a counter strategy. If there are no objections or they’re minor in nature and cost, you may opt to agree to corrections. However, if they’re more extensive and were not anticipated, our job is to help you to reply in a way that saves you money and keeps the buyer in the transaction.

Depending on the desires of the buyer and their selection of inspectors, there could be as few as a single inspector hired to do a thorough inspection of the home and all equipment supporting the home.  However, there may also be other inspectors hired with a more focused goal, possibly a heating and air conditioning contractor, a well inspector, septic inspector, etc.  Each of these inspections will have deadlines for completion and submission of reports and buyer requests for corrections.

We have our own list of inspectors and contractors, and can call in experts to provide cost estimates and help our sellers to make decisions within the deadline times. Unless you have multiple offers, a buyer in the hand is worth something. Our job is to get them to the closing table and your satisfaction with your net proceeds from the sale.

Price Negotiations

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We love helping Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate buyers to find the perfect property. But we love even more the ways in which we can help them to buy it at the very best price with the very best terms. Sometimes negotiations aren’t all price. A great contract can involve other seller concessions that create the right deal for our buyer clients.
Real estate market data –How can you be expected to make price offer decisions in a vacuum? We spend a great amount of time and effort in collecting market data to help our buyers in their price negotiations. This data involves not only sold property prices by neighborhood, but also current listing pricing to determine the competitive nature of the market.
This data is very thorough, and it’s call a Comparative (or Competitive) Market Analysis.  There are two parts, the comparison of the property you’re considering to similar properties recently sold in the nearby area.  This gives us a firm grip on what has happened in the near past, but by nature it is “past” data, thus possibly not accurate for the market as it is when you’re in negotiations.  We then do another CMA process on the currently listed properties most like the one under consideration and in the same neighborhood or nearby.  This gives us a current market snapshot so that we can adjust our valuation model and our offer to reflect the current market situation.
Thorough knowledge of your situation – Only through constant communication we can advise you properly in pricing negotiations. By understanding your motivations and financial capabilities, we can help you craft a price negotiation strategy with the highest probability of success.
Seller motivation research – While it’s not always legally possible to determine why someone is selling, there are things we can glean from their listing and price activity that will allow us to help you to negotiate from a position of strength.It’s not all money – There are a lot of ways to negotiate a real estate deal, and they don’t always involve money. Perhaps the seller doesn’t have a lot of ability to work with you on price, but they can make other concessions that could result in a deal. We help you to take the best approach.

It’s not over till it’s over – Many real estate price negotiations involve multiple counter offers and a lot of back–and–forth. We’re with you with each counter offer to adjust your negotiation strategy accordingly. Because we can’t know the seller’s financial limitations in many deals, some buyers are elated when they cut a major low-priced deal on a home, but then after inspections they hit a brick wall in negotiations with the seller related to repairs.  The negotiation to purchase a home isn’t over with the price on the contract, and it’s best to know that a real deal at the front end could result in less flexibility after inspections in the repairs discussion.

The thing to remember is that we are right there with our Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and San Jose real estate buyers throughout the negotiation process with the latest information and experienced advice.