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7 Reasons to Offer Over Asking Price on a House

By Melissa Dorman, May 24, 2019

Most buyers won’t like the idea of offering over asking price on a house. But paying above list price is necessary for a few circumstances.

Below are 7 reasons which suggest this move is essential.

1. The House evidently is underpriced

Many sellers list their home well below fair market value in an effort to spark a bidding war. In that condition, it makes sense for you to offer over asking price in order to outshine other offers.

To know if the house is underpriced you and your agent should assess comps (i.e. recently sold homes in the area). This will help you know about home’s true market value, which will help you in pricing your best offer.

2. Seller’s Market

When demand outpaces the supply of homes for sale it is called a seller’s market, in other words, there are more home buyers than sellers. Knowing key factors can help you find if it is a seller’s market.

Using’s Local Market Trends Tool you can find if houses are selling in your neighbourhood in less then 10 days which usually means it is a seller’s market.

3. You know you’re going up against other offers

It is important to ask (or have your real estate agent ask on your behalf) if there are other bids on a property before you make an offer; generally, they will let you know if other offers are on the table so you can act fast.

4. Competing with cash buyers

When home sellers come through a cash offer they inclined towards it for one simple reason that is no doubt you got the coin to close the deal. So, if you know you’re competing against one, making a bid that’s over a home’s list price could persuade the seller to accept your offer.

5. Lack of motivation in the seller

If you find yourself dealing with an unmotivated seller, offering above the home’s list price could make the seller bite. The caveat, of course, if you don’t want to offer so much above asking price to the point where you significantly overpay for the home.

Sometimes the sellers list their home just to test the market and see what seized offer they can get, which is why it is very important to know what the seller’s intention as early as possible. If you find yourself dealing with an unmotivated seller, offering above the home’s list price could make the seller bite.

6. You absolutely love the home and can’t risk losing it

Sometimes you find a house and just can’t take any risk of losing it so offering over asking price can reduce this risk. You can make sure it is a reasonable offer for that house.

7. It is affordable to pay over asking price

If you are making a cash offer you already know what is affordable but in case if you’re obtaining a mortgage, be aware that if you pay way over what a home is really worth, the home still has to pass appraisal in order for your lender to provide you with the loan that you need. Any difference between a home’s appraised value and your contract price would have to come out of your pocket. You will need your real estate agent to help you prepare a winning offer you can afford.

Melissa Dorman

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

Ten years ago, Melissa was living in a slum in Kolkata, India, helping over 200 women escape of sex-trafficking by providing alternative work at a social business. It was there she discovered her passion for financial education as a means of empowering people to move out of poverty. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters, Melissa spent 5 years working as a Social Worker; assisting clients facing homelessness, in jail, or at a psychiatric facility. As much as she loved the work, imagining saving for retirement on the meager salary of a social worker was becoming grim. That's when Melissa discovered "passive income." In no time, she fell in LOVE with real estate as a vehicle for wealth. Soon after, Melissa began locating off-market multi-family properties to purchase through creative financing strategies and win-win opportunities. Two years into investing, Melissa quit her day-job as a Social Worker to become a full time broker and investor. Initially she was drawn to people in difficult circumstances, so she developed extensive experience assisting families facing foreclosure, short sales, and probate. Melissa is well versed in helping her client's overcome complex real estate challenges. Currently Melissa is teamed up with Super Broker, Yascha Noonberg at Living Room Realty. Together they assist client's to achieve their real estate dreams, including how to strategically buy and sell a personal residence to maximize profits. Far from the slums of Kolkata, her greatest passion now is empowering other working professionals to develop passive forms of income through buying multi-family properties in Portland.
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