You find the perfect house, start creating all of your Home Décor Pinterest boards and BAM – you find out that the sellers didn’t accept your offer. Your dreams of making dinner in the beautiful farmhouse kitchen are crushed and you’re wondering what you did wrong. Well here are a few reasons your offer could’ve been rejected that can help you next time you find a house you want to write an offer on.
PS – I promise your real estate dreams aren’t crushed. There will be another one!
Reason #1: You’re Missing a Pre-approval Letter – Not only is it important to have a pre-approval letter so that you know how much house you can afford, but the sellers are very unlikely to entertain offers without them. If you haven’t taken the time to get pre-approved and show that you are serious about buying a home, why would the seller risk taking their house off the market before knowing if you can even afford the mortgage.
How to Correct This: Talk with local lenders about your options and get a pre-approval letter from them that you have in hand, ready for your Real Estate Agent to scan over with the offer.
Reason #2: You’re Unrealistic – This could relate to a few things, one of them being that you have too many contingencies. Do you have a home sale contingency before even having your house up for sale with an accepted offer? Did you include a long list of items that your offer is contingent on in addition to the absolutely necessary ones. Did you ask for the wine fridge and pool table when the sellers said they are not included? Many items can be negotiated but if you really want the house, you need to be realistic and not over the top.
Another way you can appear unrealistic is to low-ball the sellers with your offer price. When this happens, the sellers may get offended of think you’re not serious. Have market data that backs up your offer price rather than throwing out a number that you think you want to pay if you want to be taken seriously.
One more reason you might be being unrealistic is that you gave the sellers an extremely short turnaround time to respond to your offer. This is a MAJOR turn off. Even if you are in a competitive offer situation, you should focus on strengthening your offer and submitting what you feel is the best you can do rather than pushing the sellers to respond in an unreasonable amount of time.
How to Avoid This: Stick to what is the most important to you when it comes to writing offer contingencies. Make sure you’re going over market data with your Real Estate Agent so that you’re backing up the offer price you’re putting out there. Lastly, give the sellers a reasonable turnaround time. Pushing them into a corner will not result in getting what you want and it will only get you off to a bad start with them.
Reason #3: The Seller is Difficult or Unrealistic – This one isn’t necessarily you can do much about but it could be the reason your offer didn’t get accepted. Unfortunately there are some sellers who are going to be very difficult to work with or unrealistic no matter how strong your offer is.
How to Avoid This: While this one isn’t entirely avoidable, it’s important that before starting your home search that you understand that some sellers are just going to be difficult. Having the expectation that not every seller will agree to what you offer will help eliminate a lot of frustration for you as a buyer when your offer is rejected.
Reason #4: Your Buyer’s Agent Isn’t Easy to Work With – You might be wondering what the buyer’s agent has to do with how much you’re offering the seller. Well the buyer’s agent actually plays a very crucial role in this process because whoever you choose is going to be the one communicating with and negotiating with the listing agent and therefore the sellers, throughout the entire transaction. If the listing agent has had bad experiences with them in the past, they may share this with the sellers, making your offer less appealing.
How to Avoid This: Make sure you’re interviewing your Buyer’s Agent before committing to working with them. Find out what their negotiating style is and get a feel for their personality. Do they seem easy to work with or like they’d make others mad?
Reason #5: You Didn’t Find Out the Seller’s Timeframe or Situation – If you and your agent write an offer without ever asking the listing agent what is important to the seller such as their timeframe for closing or any other factors that might be deal breakers, you might put yourself out of the running when the seller has to decide whether or not they want to accept your offer.
How to Avoid This: Make sure your agent takes the time to get in touch with the listing agent and find out any details that may help you write a more desirable offer.
If your first offer got rejected, there is likely a reason. The best way to make sure your next offer is accepted is to go in fully prepared. Following these guidelines will not only prepare you for what to expect but can help set you up for success! Soon you’ll be entertaining in that beautiful open concept space you’ve been dreaming of (insert your #1 home wish list feature)!
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"My home had failed to sell with my previous agent and I take the blame for that. I did not ask the correct questions and thought my home would sell quickly. I was so frustrated by the time that I had been on the market five months that I fired my first agent a month early. I was not going to make the same mistake again. My wife and I contacted five agents that had good reputations. The first one seemed good and she told us that our home was worth about what we told him we thought it was worth.
When the second agent came over, she seemed good also. I was excited with the price that the first agent had told us so I told the second agent that we thought our home was worth about 20,000 dollars more and we were shocked when she showed us that she could get that.
We told the third agent that we thought our home was worth 25,000 dollars more and amazing, she told us that she could get us that much for our home.
It was now obvious that the agents were telling us whatever we wanted to hear so we decided that we would see how far it would go. Every agent that we interviewed asked us what our home was worth and every agent told us close to the price we told them. We decided to try the reverse and we told the next two agents that our home was worth 50,000 and 100,000 less then the first agent told us and they showed us those numbers were correct. We were so frustrated that it was comical.
The on the 12th agent, we interviewed Angela. We were professionals by now and thought that we had heard everything. Angela was different. She did not tell us that our home was the best or things like that. She talked to us, asked about the home. Took notes as we showed him the home and she talked about all the things that she was going to do to market our home. It took him an hour to talk about marketing and she was pretty excited about quite a bit of it. Then she pulled out his laptop and had us sit on each side of him and she started doing a market analysis with us. She showed us exactly what she was doing, what criteria she was searching, to find similar homes etc.
As she was working on it, my wife started to tell him what she thought our home was worth and she stopped her in mid sentence and told her that she did not want to hear any numbers from us until she had told us his number. She used a phrase that my mother use to use and said that she did not want to sell his soul to the devil and be tempted to tell us what we wanted to hear vs what the truth might be. She said she would rather talk about his value vs our value if they were not the same. As she continued working with us and asking us about pictures from each of the homes that we looked at on his computer, she narrowed down our value and then told us that our home was worth about 325,000 dollars. Not to be thrown out of our game, I told him that I thought she was 50,000 dollar low and she asked what our home had that make it worth 50,000 more than the seven comparable homes that the three of us had picked together just 15 minutes earlier. I told him that our home was in better shape and she pulled up the pictures of the similar homes and said that she did not see a big difference between most of them and our home.
My wife then told him the range that other realtors had told us and she asked if we had the information that the other Realtors had left. We did and we showed him. She started showing us different foundation sizes, lot sizes, great rooms and other things that she said determined value on the homes, that the other Realtors that told us our home was worth 50-100k more, and it was obvious that she was not going to take the bait so we came clean and told him what we had been thru and that she was the 12th Realtor that we had interviewed.
We listed with Angela and she sold our home in 17 days. Angela was fun to work with and the entire time we worked with him it was smooth and she was easy to get a hold of if we had questions. I would recommend anyone that is buying or selling to work with Angela as she is willing to tell you the truth, spend time explaining what sells homes and what a home is worth and worked very hard.