How to Make an Offer on a Condo

December 16th, 2021

What goes into a good offer for a condo? There are many aspects to consider when negotiating a good deal. From the location and the market, how long the property’s been up for sale, to the condo’s listing price, the negotiation process can be a daunting one. Some say negotiating is an art form, but does it really have to be?

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If you are looking for new condos for sale in Columbia District or another premium location in San Diego, negotiating a good price will go a long way to making your dream purchase. In the following article, we’ll take a closer look at the intricacies that go along with buying a condo. Read on!

How do you make an offer on a condo?

Purchasing a condo can pose various challenges and differs substantially from the purchase of single-family homes.

As with any other purchase, composing an offer for a condo requires some preparation, especially the thorough studying of the condo association rules and other documentation relevant for the condo, as well average prices of condos in the area.

Do your research

First of all, you must thoroughly study all the documents related to the condo and their rules, decisions, and directives of the condo association. You should also check how long the property has been on the market.

The level of interest for purchases of similar properties in the area, how pressed the seller is to achieve a quick sale, as well as potential experiences of existing condo owners will all give you a better understanding of what your offer should be. Some of this information may not be readily available. However, relying on experienced agents and realtors with specialized knowledge of the market is your safest bet to securing a good deal.

Submit your offer

Once you feel confident that the condo meets your requirements, prepare your offer and submit it. It is a known fact that the sellers always start with a higher asking price.  If you have well researched the current average prices in the area, you should be able to come up with a reasonable offer. The standard practice is to go between 5 and 7% below the asking price and start negotiations. If you are serious about buying the condo, do not try to lowball and come with a price that will be unacceptable for the seller. Leave enough room for negotiation.

Your offer, especially if you are assisted by a realtor, should be an informed one. It should explain why you are offering a lower price than listed, and if possible, with some comparisons of similar properties in the area. The offer is treated as official when dated and signed by both parties.

Your realtor should help you draft the offer containing all the relevant elements, such as the main terms of the sales and purchase agreement, eventual deposits, preconditions for closing and closing dates, representations, and warranties.

The seller’s counter-offer

The seller might come up with their own counteroffer or agree to start negotiations. It’s not very common for the first offer to be accepted, and negotiations are practically an omnipresent element of any real estate purchase. The seller’s counter-offer may be a good indication of how much they are willing to go down with the selling price. Consult with your agent and analyze this counter-offer and, if you think there is room for talks, try to come up with a new offer.

The threat of another buyer

In case there is another interested party, you should be careful and ready to enter a bidding war. Obviously, this is a scenario that suits the seller, who may try to get the potential buyers to bid against each other and raise the price. The presence of more than one potential buyer is not a bad thing in itself, but it does call for caution. Don’t allow yourself to get carried away in the bidding process. Remain within the boundaries of the price you have decided upon before submitting the offer. Otherwise, you might eventually win but then regret the fact that you have overpaid the property.

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How do I find premium condos for sale in Diamond District?

Avoiding the mistakes in negotiations and making an offer has never been easier. With the help of San Diego’s most trusted real estate agent, you’ll be moving into your new property in no time. With over four decades in the business, Neuman & Neuman are your go-to real-estate specialists in the region.

Who wouldn’t love to live in a stylish, modern condo in the hip area of the bustling Columbia District near East Village? Reach out to us to embark on your condo hunting journey!

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