Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market

Dated: September 15 2022

Views: 29

Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market

Buyers Are Regaining Some of Their Negotiation Power in Today’s Housing Market | MyKCM

If you're thinking about buying a home today, there's welcome news. Even though it’s still a sellers’ market, it’s a more moderate sellers’ market than last year. And the days of feeling like you may need to waive contingencies or pay drastically over asking price to get your offer considered may be coming to a close.

Today, you should have less competition and more negotiating power as a buyer. That’s because the intensity of buyer demand and bidding wars is easing this year. So, if bidding wars were the biggest factor that had you sitting on the sidelines, here are two trends that may be just what you need to re-enter the market.

1. The Return of Contingencies

Over the last two years, more buyers were willing to skip important steps in the homebuying process, like the appraisal or inspection, to try to win a bidding war. But now, fewer people are waiving the inspection and appraisal.

The latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows the percentage of buyers waiving their home inspection and appraisal is declining. And a recent survey from realtor.com confirms more sellers are accepting offers that include these conditions today. According to their August study:

  • 95% of sellers reported buyers requested a home inspection
  • 67% of sellers negotiated with buyers on repairs as a result of the inspection findings

This goes to show buyers are more able to include these conditions in their offers today and negotiate as needed based on the outcome of the inspection.

2. Sellers Are More Willing To Help with Closing Costs

Generally, closing costs range between 2% and 5% of the purchase price for the home. Before the pandemic, it was a common negotiation tactic for sellers to cover some of the buyer’s closing costs to sweeten the deal. This didn't happen as much during the peak buyer frenzy over the past two years.

Today, as the market shifts and demand slows, data from realtor.com suggests this is making a comeback. A recent article shows 32% of sellers paid some or all of their buyer’s closing costs. This may be a negotiation tool you’ll see as you go to purchase a home. Just keep in mind, limits on closing cost credits are set by your lender and can vary by state and loan type. Work closely with your loan advisor to understand how much a seller can contribute to closing costs in your area.

Bottom Line

Regardless of the extremely competitive housing market of the past several years, today’s data suggests negotiations are starting to come back on the table. This is good news if you're planning to enter the housing market. To find out how the market is shifting in our area, let's connect.

Blog author image

Alex Ortiz

I started my real estate journey in 2001 as an assistant and in 2004 earned my Real Estate License. Since then I have gone through my own buying and selling experience, became an entrepreneur in vario....

Latest Blog Posts

Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home Search

Why You Should Consider Condos as Part of Your Home SearchThe historically low inventory over the past few years led to challenges for many buyers trying to find a home that met their needs and

Read More

How an Expert Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage Rates

How an Expert Can Help You Understand Inflation & Mortgage RatesIf you’re following today’s housing market, you know two of the top issues consumers face are inflation and mortgage

Read More

The True Strength of Homeowners Today

The True Strength of Homeowners TodayThe real estate market is on just about everyone’s mind these days. That’s because the unsustainable market of the past two years is behind us, and

Read More

Fall Home Selling Checklist

Fall Home Selling Checklist Some HighlightsWhen it comes to selling your house, you want it to look its best inside and out so it catches the attention of buyers. A real estate

Read More