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Seller Credit vs Price Reduction – Which is right for you?

By Marissa Sainz, May 23, 2023

I get a lot of questions when a buyer or seller is negotiating a price reduction vs a credit. These two options look very similar for a seller, but can be very different for a buyer.  Let’s use the example of a $500,000 house for sale.

A price reduction is the seller lowering the price they will accept on their home for a buyer. For example they will accept $490,000 instead of $500,000.  For the seller this reduction takes away from the net proceeds they will receive at closing.

For a buyer this reduction will reduce their monthly mortgage payment.  The amount will vary depending on interest rate.  Buyers that are sensitive to their monthly mortgage payment may choose this route.

A seller credit is the seller offering to pay for a portion of a buyer’s closing costs.  For example they accept the full sale price of $500,000 and will contribute $10,000 towards the buyer’s closing costs.  For the seller this reduction takes away from the net proceeds they will receive at closing.

For a buyer this credit will reduce the amount of cash they have to bring in at closing.  If a buyer’s down payment is $50,000 and their lender/title/pre-paid closing costs are $10,000 they will only need to bring in $50,000 instead of $60,000 at closing. Buyers that would like to keep cash on hand after closing (most of the time for repairs or updates) may choose this route.

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Marissa Sainz

Broker | Earth Advantage | OR


Whether you want to live in a hip Pearl District condo or a unique east side bungalow I am here to help you find the perfect home. The Pearl District and the close in surrounding neighborhoods are exciting and evolving areas and where I focus my business. It is important in our changing real estate world, where location is so vital to home buyers, to work with a neighborhood expert. We all want to live near our local grocery store and within walking distance of our favorite coffee spot, restaurants and parks. I am here to guide buyers and sellers through the process every step of the way, if you are a first time home buyer searching for the perfect starter home or looking to move as your family and lifestyle change. Marissa earned a degree in finance with a concentration in real estate from The University of Texas at Austin. Before coming to residential real estate in Portland Marissa worked for both a national and local commercial real estate firm. Around town Marissa is involved with the Women in Insurance and Financial Services Portland chapter as well as the Women's Council of REALTORS®.
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