Buyers Guide

10 Steps to Buying a Home

Making an Offer

When you’ve finally found “the one,” it’s time to make an offer. This can become a strategic chess game, and you (and your realtor) must find the balance that will get you the house without compromising your budget.

Your offer should be competitive but not extravagant; it should be detailed and specific; it should utilize proposed contractual contingencies without offending the seller. It’s the written equivalent of walking a tightrope, but that’s why your realtor is there to help. Your offer may be accepted, rejected, or countered, and it takes a practiced hand to play the game of counteroffers and win.