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How Much Money Can Real Estate Negotiations Save You?



Negotiations play a big role in real estate. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the negotiation process is an important step in ensuring a positive outcome. 

In an ideal world, both you and the other party will automatically agree on the terms of your transaction. However, in reality, it’s not always that simple.

Real estate transactions are complex. While this post is mainly about how real estate negotiations can help save (or earn you) money, it’s important to note that the negotiation process entails a lot more variables than simply the final sale price.

If you have questions about what’s on the table during this stage of the buying or selling process, feel free to reach out to our team. We’d be happy to help.

Though the Toronto market still favours sellers, there are things you can do to elevate your results even further. Here are some ideas that will give you some inspiration:

As a Buyer

As a buyer, skilled negotiations can potentially save you a substantial amount of money – both through immediate savings and an enhanced return on investment in the long run.

Enjoying a positive outcome from the negotiation process starts with making a compelling and competitive offer upfront. Here are some tips that can help make your purchase successful, even in a competitive market:

Be Ready

When searching for a house in West Toronto, you might face competition from other hopeful buyers. Available housing is already in short supply, and the demand is growing. When you find a listing you love, you must be prepared to act quickly.

Get Pre-Approved

It’s always a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start house hunting. Not only will this help you create a budget, but it’s also a powerful negotiating tool and can give you an extra edge against other contenders.

Stay Flexible

Be flexible and open-minded about what you want in your new home. This will increase the supply of what’s available. Plus, you will be surprised at how much more negotiation power you have when you want, but do not need, a particular house.

As a Seller

When selling, mastering the negotiation process (with the help of your agent) is absolutely critical for maximizing your returns. Just like buying, there are a number of preemptive steps you can take to optimize your position when the time comes to negotiate.

Make Your Home Stand Out

Attracting strong offers begins with making a good first impression. Start by cleaning and decluttering thoroughly to ensure your home looks beautiful. Simple updates like a fresh coat of paint or new light fixtures throughout can also breathe new life into your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

Price Strategically 

If you list too high, buyers may not take you seriously, which could lead to lower offers and eventually, a lower sale price. Or worse, your house might not sell at all. That said, you don’t want to undervalue your home either.

Your best bet is to work with an experienced real estate agent who knows how to price competitively for the market.

Build Interest 

Work with an agent who will market and promote your listing extensively. The more interest you generate, the more likely you are to receive multiple offers, which gives you more negotiating power and can add significantly to your end result.

Looking for even more tips for a successful purchase in the West End? The resources below are a great place to start:

Your West End Toronto Negotiation Experts

In need of an experienced real estate team that can help you maximize your purchase or sale? Look no further!

At the Smith Proulx Team, we understand the nuances of Toronto’s West End like no one else. And with decades of experience helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals, we are uniquely positioned to negotiate for the best results on your behalf. You have a dream, and we have a tested and proven system to help you realize it.

Are you ready to buy or sell in the West End? We are here to help you obtain the best results the market will allow. Send us an email or call 416-769-6050 with any questions or to get started today.


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