Are you house hunting? If so, you probably have a lot of thoughts and questions that run through your head during a showing. Should you speak your mind or keep them to yourself? How do you know what’s appropriate to ask/say and what’s not? To help you decide, realtor.com put together a list of phrases a buyer should never say.
- “This is my dream house!” You should never show too much excitement over a home…at least not around the seller(s) or their agent. Keep your poker face on and your emotions hidden. Negotiations will not be in your favor if the current homeowners know they are selling you the house of your dreams.
- “That couch is hideous!” Don’t insult the sellers taste in furniture. If you are at all interested in buying the house, you will want to stay on the seller’s good side. It may not be what you would’ve chosen, but it’s their home. It is best to keep your opinions about the current decor to yourself.
- “I can afford to spend X dollars.” It is in your best interest to keep the price you can afford to yourself. At no point should you let the seller or their agent know your top dollar. You want to be able to negotiate for the best price possible, and that is not as likely to happen if you let them know you are able to pay full asking price.
- “I can’t wait to get rid of that!” The home you are looking at likely has a lot of memories for the current homeowner. They may not like the idea of you coming in and changing what they have worked so hard to create in their home. Just like you don’t want to insult their decorating, don’t let them know you are planning on changing things as soon as you get the chance. You always want to remain in good standing with the one selling the home you want to purchase.
- “Why are you selling?” No doubt this question will cross your mind. While your curiosity may push you toward asking, it could be a private or even painful issue for the seller. If they bring it up, then by all means, hear them out. If not, perhaps your agent will have the inside scoop.
- “What’s it really like to live here?” This question is more for the neighbors, but it might be a better idea to let them offer the advice rather than sounding like you are spying on the area. You definitely should meet the people living around the house you are considering, but let them open up and talk to you. You want to make sure you make a good first impression on your potential new neighbors.
- “The price is too high!” “I’ll only give you…” Whether you think the home is priced right or not, these types of comments will only offend the seller(s). Again, this is where you will want to keep your opinions to yourself. It’s okay to offer less than asking price if you think that is appropriate, but make sure you and your agent have carefully researched comps in the area first. It may actually be that the home is priced accurately.
The home buying process can be tricky. You want to know everything you can before making such a big purchase, but just be cautious that you don’t hurt your chances of getting the home (at a good price). Having an experienced real estate agent on your side is your best bet. It’s much easier for agents to talk to agents asking the questions you may have about the home rather than you going directly to the seller. A good real estate agent will also know what is appropriate to ask and what is not.
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