Misconception: If you pay list price, you're paying too much.
If you don't know what the current market value is for homes in the area and whether the market is appreciating or depreciating, you don't know what a fair price is and you're likely to miss out on a great deal by trying to low ball a house that's already priced well.
If the house meets your goals, is within your budget, and is priced competitively, it's a bargain and you should make a strong offer. Get assistance from a professional to help you recognize a good deal and grab it before it's gone.
Misconception: Foreclosures and Power of Sale
Many buyers find out the hard way that foreclosures and power of sales are full of headaches, may need extensive repairs, require great patience over an extended period, often don't have the criteria that's most important to you, and may never close. You may hear of someone getting a great deal via a power of sale, but most of the time they buyer pays roughly market value for the home. Speaking of market value, it is the job of the bank and the Realtor to keep a level of consistency with regards to average sale price in an area.
Misconception: You get a better price if you buy directly from the owner.
Bargain hunters sometimes avoid Realtors, thinking that they will get a better price if they buy directly from a FSBO or private sale home. Meanwhile, the sellers are also trying to save on the commission, so they're not getting expert advice either and often price their homes above market value.
The end result is often that a buyer pays too much or the FSBO or private seller is unable to get the house sold. A savvy Realtor working on the buyer's behalf, armed with market data and great negotiation skills, is much more likely to get a great deal than buyers can by negotiating for themselves.
If you're buying a house, it's a great idea to find a good Realtor and listen to their advice.
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