Kill ’em with kindness.
This is something we often heard in grade school. Whether it was a bully on the playground or a cranky teacher, your parents would often advise that the best course of action was to kill ’em with kindness. They would say this because sometimes the best course of action is just to be nice. You show someone some kindness and they’re more likely to return it, making everything easier for everyone involved.
This is very much true for when you buy a Knoxville home. In this post, we’ll take a look at why kindness can go a long way when you buy a house.
First impressions go a long way. At the start of a transaction, you’ll create an impression with the sellers that sets the tone for the remainder of the transaction.
If you start the transaction off with a lowball, demanding offer, you’re creating a lasting impression with the seller. First of all, a lowball offer tends to rub a seller the wrong way. Then also including a whole slew of additional demands is just icing on the cake for making things difficult from the start. Even the kindest seller may struggle to want to work with you in this situation.
Before you start a transaction off in this matter, really consider if this is how you want to start a transaction. Sure, a real estate transaction is a business transaction. It’s about money, but there are emotions involved.
Instead, if you start things off with a fair offer, accompanied by a note about how much you love a house. You start things off in a whole different light.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t write a low offer on overpriced house or that you should allow your kindness to dictate how you proceed in a real estate transaction. It’s just important to think about how you’re treating the other people in the transaction as it will influence how they treat you back.
Any realtor will tell you that there are real estate transactions where things go incredibly smooth and there are other transactions that things are incredibly difficult. When one or both parties in a transaction are being difficult the negotiations can be even tougher.
All transactions are a two way street. When both parties are willing to treat a transaction that way, negotiations go smoother. A buyer and seller will understand that they can’t always get exactly what they want, but if they work together, they can come pretty close to making it happen.
In contrast, when a buyer and a seller are already at each others’ throats, any further negotiations can be like pulling teeth. Many times, both parties will already feel like they’ve given enough that they won’t want to bend anymore. When this happens, it makes the transactions harder for all parties involved.
When things are tense between buyer and seller, every moment of the real estate transaction can be stressful.
When a home inspection finds issues, you worry. When repairs need to be done on time, you worry. And, should something unexpected occur, you worry. It’s like you’re holding your breath throughout the whole transaction hoping that one false step doesn’t cause the transaction to fall apart.
This is why a little kindness between buyer and seller can be helpful. When both parties are willing to give a little, it can make the whole transaction go smoother. You don’t have to be best friends, just good enough to be able to get through the transaction.
Being kind in a real estate transaction doesn’t mean that you’re sacrificing everything you want. It just means that you’re making the effort to make the transaction go easier.
Are you thinking about buying a home this year? Please let Knoxville Home Team know if there is anyway that we can assist you in your Knoxville home search. Rick can be reached at 865-696-9002 or via email at [email protected]. Kati can be reached at [email protected].
Also, be sure to check out our Knoxville Home Search Page to see what homes are for sale in the area.
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