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How I Got My House at a Good Price in a Seller’s Market – The Motley Fool

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There was one simple move I made that helped me get a reasonab…….

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There was one simple move I made that helped me get a reasonable deal.

Key points

  • Recently, I purchased a home in a seller’s market.
  • I was able to avoid a bidding war and pay a reasonable price.
  • Being flexible about closing helped make that possible. 

Last year, I purchased a new home. I made this purchase during a very inopportune time, as it was a seller’s market and many houses were selling for above asking price after bidding wars. 

Fortunately, I did not have to pay more for my property than I wanted to, and I was able to get the house at a fair price even though property values were surging. Here’s why.

The big reason I got my house at an affordable price

I was able to get my house at a good price for a simple reason. The current owners of the property needed to sell quickly, and I was able to close on the home on their schedule.

See, the previous owners did not carefully check the deed restrictions before moving into the neighborhood. It turned out that they wanted to do a number of things that were not allowed, including parking a boat and a motor home in their driveway and having more than two large dogs.

Since they were not in compliance with HOA rules, they were getting hit with fines and fees regularly. They were understandably not very happy and wanted to get out of the home ASAP. And we were able to make that happen, closing within just two weeks of the time they accepted our offer.

Since we did not have to get a mortgage and were flexible about when we moved in, as we had another house we continued to live in part-time, our offer was very attractive to them even though they received higher offers. They just wanted to be done with the house, and they were happy to find buyers who could help them get out right away. 

Flexibility around closing can be an important benefit for sellers 

For many people who have a tight timeline for when they can move, a buyer’s ability to be flexible about closing can make a huge difference. This could be the case both for people who need to sell quickly, as …….


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