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If you’re looking for a new home or have found an area that you’re interested in moving to, you are not alone. After being stuck in doors for over a year, it seems as though the country is on the move. More people are working remotely, a new opportunity that the pandemic has shown to be a viable option. This also frees people up to move without limits set by employment.

While looking for a new home is an exciting time, it is important to make good financial choices that will set you up for success in the future. There are four easy tactics that will ensure that you are getting an ideal price.

1. Offer less than what you are willing to pay

April 2021 saw nearly 1 million new houses sold in the United States, and despite the commonality of house buying, it can still be overwhelming. If you go in low, the negotiating starts low, which increases the chance of it ending low. Chances are that you will end up paying more than your initial offer, so it is smart to play it cool in the beginning.

2. Hire a home inspector

By hiring a private home inspector, you can ensure full peace of mind. Home inspectors look for any issues that could be present in the home’s foundation, roof, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical/structural systems. Inspectors also provide a written home inspection report that lists the results of their finding. If the home inspector finds something that devalues the home, it can be leveraged to negotiate the price of the home.

3. Counter the counteroffer

If sellers propose a counteroffer, remember you can counter again. Don’t give up after one try.

Some agents count on buyers forgoing a counteroffer altogether. If you have found the home of your dreams, it may be worth several rounds of counters to get what you want for the price you want.

4. Contain your excitement

After going to an open house and feeling that magical sensation that comes with falling in love with a house, it can be hard to hide your excitement. However, it is important to keep cool and collected on the outside. Try not to let the sellers know how excited you are about a home.

If they notice your excitement, they may try to use it as leverage to ask for more money.

These simple steps can help to secure an ideal home price. Going into any negotiation process with confidence and knowledge is key in any situation. Contact The Federal Savings Bank for information about loans and how first-time home buyers can succeed.

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