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Negotiating For A Good Deal During Recession

Nov 13, 2007
Anytime you are buying real estate you need to make sure that you are negotiating are up to par. As you can imagine, the better you are at this, the better deal you are going to get. This holds true no matter if you are the person selling the home, or the one buying the property. Both sides of a real estate transaction are going to be negotiating to get the best possible deal. Of course, both you and the other party may have an agent involved as well. But even then, it is the buyer and the seller who are making the final calls behind the scenes.

As a buyer, negotiating during a recession can be difficult. As you probably know, home prices are generally lower when the real estate market is going through a recession. But at the same time, you also know that the seller is not going to want to admit this. Instead, they want to sell at the highest possible price point. If you are lucky, the seller will have an agent working for them. This way, the agent will be able to tell them what is and is not reasonable during a recession.

As a seller, you also have a hand up when negotiating during a recession. In many cases, a recession means that there are not as many homes on the market. For this reason, you may be the only game in town for some buyers. If the potential buyer leads onto this, you will definitely want to use the information to your advantage. By standing your ground, the buyer may give in and pay you exactly what you are asking; even though there is a recession. After all, if a buyer really wants your home and you have the only one that suits their needs, you are most definitely going to be in a position of power.

Remember, just because the market is going through a recession does not mean that people are going to stop buying and selling. Most people never consider what the market is bearing when they decide to buy or sell their home. All these people know is that they want to either buy or sell; it is that simple. Saying how much money you can save during a recession is difficult. There are several reasons for this. First and foremost, you need to consider the market in which you are buying. Even though a recession can hit nationwide, you may find out that the market you are buying in is not affected as much. Obviously, the more that you know about your market the better off you will be when trying to save money.

Another detail that must be considered is the seller you are working with. Just because the past has shown that prices go down during a real estate recession does not mean that the seller is going to agree to this. All in all, a seller has every right to ask however much money they want. Of course, if they are working with a real estate agent they will be encouraged to set the price at a reasonable point. In most cases, buyers have the ability to save up to five percent when the real estate market is in a recession. Of course, you may find out that there is no money to be saved, or that you are only picking up one or two percent. You should always try to save during a recession, but also, be realistic with what you are asking for.

No matter if you are the buyer or seller, negotiating during a recession is very important. The better you are at this the more money you are going to make or save. And as you know, the real estate market is driven by price! If you are lucky, you will be able to save a lot of money when shopping for a home during a recession. Some people find that their market is better than other as far as low prices are concerned. Once you begin to do your research, you will surely see just how much money you will be able to save.
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