The best seller is one who is highly motivated. A highly motivated seller is more likely to sell at a price that is less than his or her house is actually worth. And it matters that you find out why. Learning the reason why can help you get the price you want and help the seller get what they want: a timely sale.
When given the opportunity to meet with sellers, ask them why they are selling. The reason could be anything, such as a job change to a new location or financial problems. If you can solve their problem, whether it is cash related or time related, do so. For example, if the sellers are highly motivated because they need to move quickly, give them a fast sale - and a lower price. If you can make an offer, even a low one, that gives them cash in a short time, they are more likely to accept.
There are also some sellers that you should avoid. Not every seller is as genuinely motivated as they make themselves to be. Some possible hints:
they stall on having the home appraised or inspected
they are unable to clear up liens against their property
they do not own 100% of their property
they push back the move-out date
they do not have a replacement property or back up plan
It is impossible to find the perfect seller. But it is possible to find out which sellers are legit and which ones aren’t.
Dear Paradise Properties,
We just wanted to take a minute and say thank you very much! My wife and I found your company on the internet by chance as we were looking to book a summer vacation on Torch Lake. On Jill's excellent recommendation, we booked a condo on Clam Lake for the third week of August 2009. The unit was spectacular, completely remodeled and very clean.
Another goal of our vacation was to learn more about the area and begin looking for a vacation home. By the end of the week, we had narrowed our search down to Clam Lake for many reasons including its access to Torch Lake. As it turned out, we found a very nice cottage on a perfect lot. After returning home and doing much more research we decided to pursue the opportunity and started working with Gary on the details.
Because we live six hours away the process was much different than other real-estate transactions we have been involved in. Gary's ideas, guidance and amazing follow through were second to none. At every turn or road block, Gary had the perfect solution or resource. Based on his tremendous experience and knowledge of the area the end result turned out great and we were able to accomplish a long term goal. I look forward to working with and referring Gary and Paradise Properties when ever possible.
Thank You So Much,Todd & Laura Wilcox