At an open house or viewing a home, remember that the listing agent works for the seller. Therefore, careful what you say as your comments will be relayed to the seller. Here are a few comments you might keep to yourself.
“This is at the top end of our budget”: Don’t let the listing agent know that a home is at the top of your budget. You want to keep all the bargaining chips you can, and letting the seller know your budget can hurt you when it comes time to negotiate.
“This is the one – we don’t care what it takes or how much we have to pay to get this house”. You probably should only share this with your agent so he/she can offer you the best strategy for making an offer.
“I hate the paint”: Or furniture. Or cabinets. Or any of the decor. No matter how hideous the wallpaper in the kitchen is, take care not to insult the seller’s taste. If they’re considering multiple offers, you don’t want to be the buyer that offended the seller!
“We can’t wait to renovate”: Customization is one of the big perks of homeownership, but it’s best to keep your renovation plans quiet for the moment. The seller may have a lot of memories in the home, and may not appreciate your plans to immediately tear down some walls.
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