Step 7: Make an Offer on a Home You Love

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You’ve found the perfect backyard and want to put in an offer. Fabulous!
In today’s market, we need to put your offer in as soon as possible, ideally within a few hours. Before we can put an offer on a home, there are a few things we need from you:

  • Full legal name: Please provide us the full legal name of anyone who will be on the contract along with their phone number and email address if you haven't already done so.
  • Offer price: What price do you want to offer for the home? Let's discuss the sale-to-list price ratio in the neighborhood to guide your decision.
  • Your walk-away price: Decide how much you're willing to pay for the property and what your walk-away price is before negotiations get intense.
  • Closing date: Typically, in Indiana, closing takes place 30 days from contract acceptance. Keep in mind that closing faster is possible with full cash payments or might take longer with down payment assistance.
  • Earnest money: How much earnest money are you comfortable putting down on this property? Typically, contracts in Indiana ask for 1% of the purchase price as earnest money due within two days of contract acceptance.
  • Down payment: The down payment could vary depending on your loan program, but putting down at least 5% is recommended unless you're using a special loan program.
  • Closing cost credits: Would you like to ask the seller to pay for part of the closing costs? If so, how much?
  • Home warranty: Do you want to ask the seller to provide a home warranty?
  • Contingencies: Are there any other contingencies we should be aware of?

If the contract is accepted but you have a change of heart or the inspection reveals a significant issue, I can assist you in navigating the process for a reasonable outcome. If you decide not to proceed with the purchase, consulting a real estate attorney is advised.