WATCH: The Best Tip for Getting an Offer Accepted on a House Has Nothing to Do with Money
Remember what Mama taught you.
When putting in an offer on a new home, there's a nearly endless list of money quandaries to consider: Is your offer enough? How many other people are bidding on the home? Is that porch really worth tacking on an extra few thousand dollars on your offer?
But here's a curveball for you: In the seller's eyes, it may not all come down to the amount of money you're willing to fork over for the new digs. Yes, forget what you know, it's not all — and only — about money. Politeness and promptness counts, as does showing some flexibility. "Yes, the seller wants to know you can actually pay and that you can afford to make a decent down payment (the higher, the better). But there are other things that factor into their decision," a recent piece on PureWow titled "8 Things First-Time Home Buyers Need to Know." The story continues: "For example, flexibility with the closing date could be more valuable than an offer that's $5K higher than yours. It also doesn't hurt to send a letter communicating how much you adore the house and then be super speedy signing all paperwork and docs." So, if you're really excited about a home, be sure to think about ways to make your offer more appealing to the seller, beyond the green.
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