Things You Should Never Say When Buying a Home
When you're looking to buy a home, you encounter a myriad of emotions and a ton of things to do that you easily end up absent-mindedly saying things you'd later regret. While we accept that we are all human and are prone to commit mistakes, sometimes you just have to steel yourself from uttering certain things, ESPECIALLY when the listing agent is in the vicinity. Here are three things you need to keep yourself from saying when shopping for a home:
1. "This is my dream home!"
Congratulations! You have found the home you want to live in for the rest of your life. But don't blurt it out just yet! Proceed with the home showing, let your agent handle the negotiations for you, and stay rational! Admitting that you love the home makes you lose bargaining leverage and you will likely end up paying more than you should (simply because the sellers know you love the place and they can reject your offer and still get to sell it to you all the same!). Home buying is a courtship... let them know you're interested, but not to the point of obsession where you will do anything to get the home!
2. "That couch is hideous!"
You might say there's nothing wrong with stating the obvious, but keep yourself from passing off such comments. You and the seller may have different tastes when it comes to furniture and decor, so just judge the home according to how well-maintained it is and how it suits your ideal 3-bedroom, 3-bath preference. Pass off offensive comments and your offer will likely get rejected, no matter how good your offer is.
3. "You'll never get that price!"
You are entitled to your own opinion and your seller is entitled to his, too. If he believes the high price is just right for his property, respect him for it. If you think the home isn't worth it, just walk away. If you want the home but would only want to buy it for a more reasonable price, just keep your mouth shut and ask your agent to prepare an offer; you're less likely to offend the seller and more likely to meet at a price you can afford that way.
Realtor® created a very entertaining video explaining the topic covered in this artice. You can watch the video from which this post was based here.