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[Buy A West Knoxville Home] Dealing With A Difficult Seller

By Knoxvillehometeam @KnoxHomeTeam

There are times in life where we’re forced to deal with difficult people.

It may be at work, at school, or a member of our family. Regardless of who that person it, there’s no denying that it can be a tough situation. We all deal with it differently. Some avoid it altogether while others just try to grin and bear it.

As with anything in life, real estate transactions not immune to difficult people. As a buyer, when you’re facing a difficult seller, it can may the whole transaction even more stressful. Even though you are able to go through your realtor and aren’t dealing with the seller directly, it doesn’t always make the situation any easier.

When you buy a West Knoxville home, there is a lot of money changing hands and a lot at stake. It’s not just smiling through a couple of hours with a difficult person at Thanksgiving dinner. This can make things even more stressful.

In this post, we’ll offer up some tips on dealing with a difficult seller when you buy a West Knoxville home.

Utilize Your Agent

There are many reasons that it is important to have a realtor when you buy a West Knoxville home. When it comes to dealing with a difficult seller, a realtor is your biggest ally.

A realtor can be the buffer between you and a difficult seller. Unlike other situations you may face in life, this is one time where it’s acceptable to put a person between you and the difficult person. Instead of going head to head with a seller, your realtor can represent your interest.

For tense real estate negotiations, it can be so helpful to have a realtor. A realtor can handle negotiations on your behalf, without emotions getting in the way. So even if a seller is difficult throughout the course of a transaction, you won’t have to personally deal with them.

Keep Your Emotions Out

When you’re buying a home, there’s a lot at stake. Not only are you finding a new place to call your own, but there is also a lot of money involved. It can be a stressful experience. But when you add in dealing with someone who is being difficult during negotiations, that can make things even worse.

It’s important to remember, though, this is a business transaction. Don’t get caught up in what games the seller may be playing or get annoyed that a seller is acting one way. It’s best to keep emotions out of the transaction.

Instead, it’s important to keep your mind focused on the details of the transaction. For example, if you’re in the process of negotiating repairs, and the seller is being stingy about covering some basic items, don’t be concerned about what the seller is doing. Instead, focus on whether or not you’re willing to accept what the seller is willing to offer.

Don’t Play On Their Level

Sometimes when you’re dealing with someone who is difficult, it can be tempting to play on their level. A word of advice: don’t do it.

When a seller counters significantly higher on your initial offer, it can be tempting to respond in a similar way by asking for a lower price and additional items. Or, if you’re dealing with repairs and the seller has worn you out in the initial negotiations, it can be tempting to ask for more items than you may normally ask for in the repair request.

The simple truth is you have nothing to gain by doing this. You may just make a bad situation worse or could kill the deal altogether. Be the mature one and keep it strictly business.

Bottom Line: Focus On The End Goal

You know when you’re in the middle of something and, at the time, it’s all you can think about?  Sometimes these experiences can be all-consuming. You may not be able to believe that a seller id denying your request for certain repairs or that you think they’re being petty about handing over the keys at closing.

The thing is, though, it won’t matter once everything is said and done. If you really want a house, a few simple repairs or paying a bit more in the purchase price. It’s simply not worth splitting hairs with a seller over. Obviously, this is within reason. If a seller isn’t willing to drop the price or repair major items, it may be worth moving on.

It’s never fun dealing with a difficult seller, but don’t let it ruin your experience. Focus on getting closed and getting into the home.

Are you interested in buying a West Knoxville home for sale? If so, please do not hesitate to let us know. Rick can be contacted at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be contacted at 865-696-1888 or via email at [email protected] Also, be sure to check out our West Knoxville Home Search Page to see what homes are for sale in the area.


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