Offers & Negotiation

Making or accepting an offer on a house is a big milestone. We'll help you learn the lingo and negotiate the best terms.

Why Are You Getting Unsolicited Offers About Buying Your House?
Offers & Negotiation
Why Are You Getting Unsolicited Offers About Buying Your House?

Investors are cold calling homeowners to buy their houses. Many of these offers are legitimate, but they probably won’t get you top dollar for your home.

How to Calculate Buying Someone Out of a House
Offers & Negotiation
How to Calculate Buying Someone Out of a House

Deciding what to do with a major asset like a house when a personal relationship breaks down is a challenge. These are your options for if that day comes.

15 Smart Questions to Ask the Seller When Buying a House
Offers & Negotiation
15 Smart Questions to Ask the Seller When Buying a House

If you have burning questions that come to mind when buying a home, don’t be afraid to ask the property's seller directly. Here are some good ones.

Should You Take the First Offer on Your House?
Offers & Negotiation
Should You Take the First Offer on Your House?

You aren’t required to accept the first offer, or any offer, you receive. But there may be financial repercussions, especially if there is only one offer.

How Often Does a Home Sale Fall Through?
Offers & Negotiation
How Often Does a Home Sale Fall Through?

If you’ve made it to closing day, there’s a good chance your real estate deal will go through. However, during the pending and offer periods, things can awry.

How to Win a Bidding War When Buying a Home
Offers & Negotiation
How to Win a Bidding War When Buying a Home

Is there anything worse than the feeling of going above your budget for a home, only to lose out anyway? Here's how to win a bidding war.

Your Guide to Offering Below Asking Price on a House
Offers & Negotiation
Your Guide to Offering Below Asking Price on a House

What to offer on a house depends on the market, what shape the home is in, and the seller’s needs. Here's how to make a low offer, and by how much.

My Home Isn't Getting Any Offers — What Gives?
Offers & Negotiation
My Home Isn't Getting Any Offers — What Gives?

What can you do if you have lots of viewings but no offers? How long should you expect your house to stay on the market?

5 Expert Negotiation Tactics for Home Buyers
Offers & Negotiation
5 Expert Negotiation Tactics for Home Buyers

If you want to negotiate the best price, upgrades (such as a new roof), or concessions when buying a house, take it from the experts.

How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?
Offers & Negotiation
How Long Does a Home Appraisal Take?

A home appraisal happens after you make an offer on a home. To help you prepare, we share how long an appraisal takes and what factors the appraiser reviews.

What is a Home Sale Contingency?
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What is a Home Sale Contingency?

Juggling both buying and selling isn’t easy. That's why some people add a home sale contingency in their offer on a new home. Here's what a contingency means.

What Does Active Contingent Mean?
Glossary
What Does Active Contingent Mean?

At some point, you may have come across an "active contingent" listing. Here’s a look at what active contingent means and what active contingent status is.

What is a Contingent Offer?
Glossary
What is a Contingent Offer?

There are a ton of details that go into a real estate contract, from concessions to contingencies. Let's break down what a contingent offer means.

What is an Appraisal Contingency?
Glossary
What is an Appraisal Contingency?

If you’re a potential home buyer or seller, you'll want to know everything about appraisal contingencies for real estate and how they can affect your home sale.

What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?
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What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?

Real estate lingo can get pretty complex. A “contingent offer” could decide if your real estate transaction is simple or stressful, so here’s what it means.