Michelle Terry | Brookfield MA Real Estate, North Brookfield MA Real Estate

If you’re a first-time homebuyer you might be worried or anxious about the process of making an offer on a home. After all, negotiating isn’t something most of us look forward to on a day to day basis and we try to avoid it when possible. When it comes to buying a home, however, negotiating is usually part of the process.

One of the benefits of working with a real estate agent is that they have the knowledge and expertise to help you out through the negotiation process. Not only will they help you formulate your offer, but they’ll also present the offer for you and handle the in-person negotiations.

Buyer’s vs seller’s market

Whether or not the odds are in your favor depends on many things. One important factor is the state of the real estate marketing. In a seller’s market, which is what we’re in right now, there are more buyers looking for homes than there are sellers trying to sell them.

However, you can still edge past the competition in a seller’s market if you plan accordingly. This is when negotiation comes into play, and when effective negotiation can get your offer accepted where others are declined.

Time is of the essence

When you’re shopping for a home in a seller’s market, you’ll need to be swift with your offer and counteroffers to stay ahead of other prospective buyers. However, being too hasty with your offers can seem imposing or reckless. It’s better to take a day longer to come up with a more effective offer than it is to make an offer that looks bad to the seller.

Be clear and concise

Just as you’re nervous making offers on a home, sellers are usually nervous fielding them. So, if you want to make things easier for you and your seller, make sure your offer is simple and straightforward.

This involves removing unnecessary contingencies and sticking to the contract basics--inspection, appraisal, and financing. If the seller receives another offer that is riddled with contingencies, they might prefer to work with you since you presented them with a simple contract.

Be prepared

Having your paperwork in order, getting preapproved, and making yourself available as much as possible will go a long way in the negotiation process. Now more than ever it’s important to be well-organized.

Do your homework on the house and neighborhood you’re interested in. Make sure you know if there is a lot of interest in the area and the house in particular. This will let you know how much breathing room you have.

Getting preapproved will not only help you know the limits you can offer but it will also signal to the seller that you’re a serious buyer.

This Single-Family in Rutland, MA recently sold for $360,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Michelle Terry - Exit Real Estate Executives.

77 Irish Ln, Rutland, MA 01543


Sale Price

Beautiful 2100+ sq ft young ranch with 13.08 acres of total privacy! Very large open floor plan with an oversized eat in kitchen, all new appliances and new light fixtures, massive family room, large living room, large master suite with walk in closet and private bath, 3 more great sized bedrooms, mud room, pull down for attic, large pantry with washer and dryer, enormous walk out basement, nice sized composite deck, AG pool, 3 car oversized garage, chicken coup & storage shed!! Open fields, woods and tranquility! Perfect property for horses, gardens, farming and more! Great access to Worcester! Please see attached 3D video tour in MLS!!

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If you've recently sold your house or are preparing to list your residence, now may be the perfect time to cut down on clutter. That way, you can remove excess items from your home and earn extra cash before you move into a new residence.

Of course, selling excess items may prove to be difficult, particularly for those with limited time and resources at their disposal. But individuals who use the web to their advantage should have no trouble selling excess items.

What does it take to effectively promote a wide range of items online to prospective buyers? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Take Excellent Photos

Regardless of whether you're looking to sell an old tennis racquet or a rarely used refrigerator, it is important to take outstanding photos of your items. This will enable potential buyers to get a look at what an item has to offer and decide if it is right for them.

Before you photograph an item, clean this item thoroughly. By doing so, you can ensure the item will look pristine before you post photographs of it online.

Furthermore, take pictures of an item from multiple angles. And be sure there is sufficient lighting when you capture photographs, as this will allow you to showcase the true beauty of any item, at any time.

2. Provide Relevant Information

When it comes to selling excess items online, it pays to be honest. If you provide accurate, relevant information about an item to prospective buyers, you can increase the likelihood of connecting with the right audience.

Also, don't forget to include an engaging headline in your item description. This will help your item listing stand out from others, thereby improving your chances of stirring up substantial interest from dozens of potential buyers.

3. Respond to Buyer Concerns and Questions Immediately

An alert online seller usually is a profitable one. As such, if a buyer has a concern or question about an item listing, it is important to respond as quickly as possible to boost your chances of getting the best possible results.

For example, if you publish an item listing on Craigslist and a potential buyer sends you an email, you should try to respond within the first few hours. This will allow you to connect with the buyer and reduce the risk that the buyer will become impatient and look elsewhere for the same item.

If you need help decluttering your house and listing excess items online, your real estate agent may be able to lend a helping hand. This housing market professional understands the complexities of selling a house and moving into a new residence. Therefore, he or she can help you find innovative ways to declutter and streamline the moving process.

Take advantage of the aforementioned pre-moving tips – you'll be happy you did. Thanks to these tips, anyone can declutter a residence, sell excess items online and earn extra cash at the same time.

22 Sorel Rd, Ware, MA 01082



This 2 bedroom ranch is completely renovated inside and out! Nice eat in kitchen w/ new stainless appliances, a new slider to the new back deck, large living room with a big picture window, 2 bedrooms, remodeled bathroom, refinished hardwoods throughout, all new paint, new siding, new roof, new windows (some new and some young), new paved driveway, garage under and partially finished basement! Great location! There's nothing to do except move in!
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This Single-Family in Webster, MA recently sold for $320,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Michelle Terry - Exit Real Estate Executives.

144 Lakeside Ave, Webster, MA 01570


Sale Price

Full/Half Baths
This beautiful, move-in ready home is a must-see! Well maintained and located on a corner lot, it features a fenced yard, first level laundry, central air, walk-in closets, first floor bonus room, and even a jacuzzi tub in the master bath! Lots of room for storage with the 2 car garage, large basement, and spacious attic. All within walking distance to Webster Lake!

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