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Tips On Negotiating The Price For First Time Home Buyer December 7, 2010

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After you’ve spent enough time working on all of the research about your future home and you’re comfortable with working with the seller, it is time to make an offer. Even so, the your buying offer is not really the end of the contract negotiation; you can still be involved with negotiating a contract price after making the offer in case the seller refuses it, hence you’ll need to have a plan to get the price you want – or simply close to it – before you stretch your original offer.

Being familiar with just about all of the terms and conditions of the sales contract and having a contingency plan are some ways to be sure you really do get the best price possible for your potential new residence. Barron’s ‘Consumer’s Guide to Home Buying’ really encourages all prospective homeowners to create a checklist of items they can practice way before the sales negotiation process starts. Below are several things to consider when you begin negotiating the price of your brand new MN real estate:

1.Who are the key decision-makers involved in the transaction? Knowing who the decision makers are would benefit the competent negotiator because this allows you to understand who really influences the buy & sell negotiation. A basic question you should know the answer to is, for example,, is the seller working independently or is he/she working with an agent? Knowing who you are negotiating with helps you establish the best approach for discussions and let you determine the level of trust you can have towards the selling party.

2. What’s your back-up plan? If your offers are not accepted by the seller, what are your other options? It can be quite infuriating to not be able to get what you wanted from any negotiations, but you also have to know when to back off and go to another direction. Identify precisely the upper price limit that you’re ready to bid for a house and don’t bid beyond that price just to win.

3. Are you aware of the particulars of the deal? It is necessary to make sure you appreciate all of the terms of the contract so you’re not confronted with any surprises later on. Review the deal and all the other details that go with it and make a note of anything that is unclear to you. Sit down with the seller or agent to review anything that you don’t think you completely understand to let go of any hesitations that you may have about signing if your offer gets accepted.

4. Are you comfortable with the seller? The sales agent can give assistance as well as professional advice regarding the home negotiation process, hence it really is important that you believe in them. You should spend sufficient time with them in order to develop a mutually respectful relationship with each other and share what you really think about the house that you are about to purchase before the negotiating process begins so that you will make an informed decision.

5. Do you think you’re ready to deal with any problems that may arise? Miscommunication with the seller’s agent, too much aggressive selling from the agent and other undesirable exchange of words which may occur during the buying and selling process makes it difficult to negotiate fairly. Keep your cool and be ready to say that you don’t want to make the deal anymore if you do not feel like it’s going down the right path.


Property Investing – The Secret Path To Wealth January 12, 2009

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Taxes are a necessary evil in our society, and for many it seems natural to grouse about having to pay a large percentage of our earnings to the government while those who have more money seem to be bearing less of the burden than they ought. It’s certainly disheartening that it works this way – as the fortunate shirk their obligations through legal loopholes, the rest have to pick up their slack. It’s frustrating and unfair, and there’s no question that many of the complaints against the upper class are quite legitimate.

Unfortunately, simply recognizing injustices and complaining about them isn’t sufficient to change the ways of the world. The rich will inevitably have money and therefore power, and they will use this power to stack the deck in their favor, particularly when it comes to using tax breaks to keep their money. They will claim that there simply isn’t enough money for everyone to get what they need, all the while cutting corners and keeping their spoils for themselves. This extends to elected officials as well – how many poor politicians have you heard of?

In order to not be one of the many who are getting the short end of the stick, you’re going to have to step up and take the advantage for yourself. It’s true – you can get tax breaks like the rich do. You simply need to know how, and put forth the effort to get them.

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” books, makes the sensible suggestion that those who are not rich but would like to be should watch what the rich do, and then do the same. You don’t really need to watch too closely, however, to learn the open secret of the wealthy – that secret is real estate.

In his book “Cash Flow Quadrant,” Kiyosaki says “One of the reasons I chose to work predominantly in the B and I quadrants are the tax advantages,” The aforementioned “quadrant” is an invention of “Rich Dad,” a diagram consisting on a square divided into quarters, each representing the different ways in which different people relate to money. It’s an unavoidable fact that an individual’s personal philosophy and perspective on the world will affect the way in which he or she behaves with money, and this behavior will,, in turn, decide his or her ultimate financial success or failure.

According to Robert Kiyosaki, the real money is in the business and investment quadrants of the Cash Flow Quadrant.

You know the saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” That is good advice, especially if the guys you want to beat are the rich. It’s actually great news that they are getting so many tax breaks. That means that, when you become one of them, you will get those same tax breaks, IF you know how.

The path to riches is actually very simple; all you’ve got to do is start investing, or join the ‘I’ quadrant. If you have a high-paying job, you may be able to do this without leaving the ‘E’ (employee) or ‘S’ (self-employed) quadrants, but Robert Kiyosaki advises that you move into the ‘B’ or business quadrant, devising a system that will make you money regardless of whether you are putting time into it or not.

So, invest – invest in apartments, condos, vacation homes, whatever suits your fancy. This is the true, time-tested road to wealth.

Realtor and Author Alexandria P. Anderson uses the Plymouth Real Estate Listings to help her MN realty clients find Plymouth Condos in Minnesota.