Negotiating to buy or sell a house is a new experience for us. We’ve never really done it before. Oh, we’ve bought and sold homes, but we sort of fell into it each time.
Our first home was owned by a friend whose job transferred him to another state. On a lark, we made the passing comment, “Why don’t you sell us your house?” He did . . . for below market value . . . and even loaned us the money for the down payment. Two years later, the house was sold after only 10 days on the market. We accepted the first offer we received because it was fair and reasonable, and we didn’t want to appear greedy since the house was dropped in our lap.
We rented our second home (the one we live in now) for two years before buying it. When the landlord moved out of state, he offered to sell it to us, once again, for below market value. And again, some friends loaned us the money for the down payment.
As we try to sell this house now, we are neck deep in negotiations. We spent several weeks painting, landscaping, and remodeling the house to put in on the market. It was shown several times over the first two and a half weeks. We received an offer from a prospective buyer who wants to haggle over replacing the roof, leaving the major appliances, and paying his closing costs. It is complicated by the fact the buyer comes from another country and English is his second language. So we are dealing with language and cultural differences.
Needless to say, this is unfamiliar landscape to my wife and me. While we want to be flexible and negotiate, we don’t want to be playdough and allow the buyer to mold us to his preferences. Neither do we want to be inflexible and draw a line in the sand over every little point. Hopefully, we will make wise decisions on when to flex and where to draw our lines. And may God be honored and glorified in all we say and do during the process.