You have found a home in town that makes your heart skip a beat -- it is in the right location and has
all the features you want. The listing price is the only thing that is keeping you from
making an offer -- you feel that it is more than you can or should afford. How can you
maximize the possibility of the owners accepting an offer that is much less
than they are asking?
First, make the
offer as "clean" as possible by not asking for special contingencies.
Avoid requests to the sellers for minor repairs, such as cutting down the
dead tree in the back yard or leaving custom drapes and curtains. Be flexible about scheduling the registration date to fit the sellers' moving plans.
Finally, you can offer a larger deposit to persuade the sellers that
you are a serious buyer and to make it harder for them to "just say
no". Each transaction is different, but the simpler the offer, the
more likely the sellers are to accept it.