What to Do If a House Seller Rejects Your Offer to Purchase

by Sue Winton 03/22/2020

If a seller rejects your offer to purchase his or her house, there is no need to panic. At this point, there are many things you can do, including:

1. Craft a New Offer to Purchase

If at first you don't succeed, try again. Remember, if you find your dream house but your initial offer to purchase is rejected, you can always create a new homebuying proposal. And if you submit a new offer to purchase that falls in line with a seller's expectations, you may receive an instant "Yes."

For those who decide to submit a new offer to purchase a residence, it is important to avoid making the same mistake twice. Thus, you should analyze the home you want to purchase, along with the current housing sector. Because if you use a variety of real estate market data, you could submit a competitive offer to purchase your dream house.

2. Reenter the Housing Market

A seller may reject your offer to purchase his or her house, and as such, you may need to continue your home search. Fortunately, quality residences are available in cities and towns nationwide, which means there are lots of great houses at your disposal.

Of course, you may want to put together a homebuying budget, too. If you have a homebuying budget in hand, you can search for houses that match your price range.

To craft a homebuying budget, you should meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can offer home financing insights and help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. And once you have a mortgage, you will know exactly how much you can spend to acquire your ideal house.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is happy to help you determine the best course of action after a seller rejects your offer to purchase. In fact, he or she will do everything possible to help you streamline the homebuying journey.

Typically, a real estate agent will learn about you and your homebuying goals. He or she then will create a homebuying plan designed to help you achieve your desired results. Next, you and a real estate agent will work together to transform your homebuying vision into a reality. And as you navigate the homebuying journey, a real estate agent will provide comprehensive housing market insights you may struggle to obtain elsewhere.

Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent will provide as you get ready to submit an offer to purchase a house, either. A real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase any home, at any time. Best of all, if your homebuying proposal is accepted, a real estate agent will help you finalize your house purchase as quickly as possible.

Clearly, there are many things you can do if your offer to purchase your ideal house is rejected. If you start planning ahead for the homebuying journey, you could boost the likelihood of enjoying a seamless property buying experience.

About the Author

Sue Winton

Originally from Liverpool in the U.K, Sue came to Sonoma County in

1986 and fell in love with this spectacular area. A Realtor since 2004, she

also has background in property acquisition for an investment company,

project management, creating budgets for renovation and staging

properties for sale.

Sue is dedicated to her career and is known for her attention to detail,

empathy and negotiating skills. As a result she has earned an excellent

closing rate and many satisfied clients. When asked what she likes most

about her career she answered “My career is so rewarding and there are

many aspects I love! I’m proud to say that the majority of my clients

come from referrals and repeat business. When I’m working with a Seller

it’s crucial to prepare, price and market their home properly for the

market and when I’m working with buyers I spend a lot of time listening

and looking for what that perfect match. I believe strongly in

homeownership and I take my role of guiding people through what can be

one of the most stressful times of their lives very seriously.” Sue has an

invaluable network of resources available for her clients before, during

and after the sale.

In 2013 she joined Vanguard Properties, one of the most dedicated,

connected and informed real estate companies in the industry. She has

since earned her certified residential specialist designation and the honor

of being a Top Producer in Vanguards 21 Club.

Sue is passionate about making a positive impact on other’s lives and has

been a volunteer for “Canine Companions for Independence” (a non

profit that provides highly trained assistance dogs to people in need free

of charge) since 2014 when she and her daughter raised a puppy named

Greta. They also welcomed Daisy, a release dog who was raised in a

women’s prison in Florida. Sue continues to volunteer for CCI as a

breeder caretaker.

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