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9 June 2021

5 Haggling Tips When Home-buying


Many homeowners didn’t negotiate on price – but giving it a go could result in big savings

Many people feel nervous about the idea of haggling and for some it could be preventing them from getting money off what is likely to be their biggest expense – their home. Three in 10 homeowners did not try to negotiate any money off their current property, missing out on huge potential savings, according to Barclays.

A fear of losing the property, not wanting to upset the seller and the desire to get the notoriously stressful buying process over and done with are among common reasons why buyers are put off haggling, the research found.

Rob Smith, head of behavioural finance at Barclays says first time buyers in particular may find the idea of haggling difficult. “Buying your first home is a particularly emotionally laden experience, and combined with having no prior experience of the process, it’s unsurprising that younger homeowners find it tough,” says Smith.

“However, if your aim is paying the lowest price possible then there are 5 haggling tips when home-buying, which could help you along the way.”

Curious to know what they are?

Here are 5 haggling when home-buying from Barclays.

1. Do your research

Nowadays there are many tools that provide you with a lot of information, so do extensive research.  Check out the surrounding area and what the houses are like, look at the local schools, shops, facilities and the crime rate.  Check how long the property has been on the market for.  Be armed with information, as well as questions or issues you want to raise. Sign up to email alerts to keep up with what’s for sale in your area.

2. Understand your Competition

Potential interest from any other buyers may affect the dynamics between buyers and sellers.   Try and understand the mindset and emotions of the seller, and perhaps how keen they are to sell. Think about what advantages you might have over the competition. For example you might not be in a chain, or you can give the seller time to find a new home.

3. Be realistic

Perhaps that kitchen island or bi-folding doors might tempt you to stretch your budget a little bit more, but know your financial limits.

4. Communicate well

Face-to-face meetings are an easy way to communicate. However, in the current pandemic these are not easy to arrange, unless they are done virtually.   Not meeting face-to-face may have it’s advantages though as it may help you reduce feelings of confrontation.  Keep notes on conversations to keep on top of what is being negotiated at each stage.

5. Be patient

If you can, allow yourself the time you need to feel happy with your offer.  You don’t need to feel pressured or ultimately regret anything. Remember, no matter how much you love this property there may be another you’ll love even more.

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