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Make the right offer on your new home

5 Tips for Making the Right Offer on Your New Home :

Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions you'll make in your lifetime. It's exciting but can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to making the right offer. Here are five essential tips to help you navigate this process and ensure you make a smart, competitive and realistic offer on your new home.

1. Do Your Market Research

Before making an offer, it's crucial to understand the local housing market. Look at recent sales of similar homes in the area to get an idea of the market value. The Property Price Register is a helpful and easy to use site which details the actual sale price of residential properties in Ireland. This will help you determine a fair and competitive offer price. Pay attention to:

  • Comparable Sales (Comps): These are recent sales of similar properties in the same area. They provide a benchmark for what buyers are willing to pay.

  • Market Trends: Is it a buyer's or seller's market? In a seller's market, you might need to offer above the asking price to stand out. In a buyer's market, you may have more room to negotiate.

2. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

A pre-approval letter from your lender shows sellers (sometimes called Vendors) and Estate Agents that you're a serious and qualified buyer. It gives you a clear idea of what you can afford and strengthens your offer. In order to get pre-approved:

  • Meet with your Financial Broker: They will advise you of how much you are likely to qualify for and if you need to make some changes to the way you conduct your financial transactions to ensure that you will qualify.

  • Gather Application Documents: This includes your income details, 6 months banking history, loan statements and ID’s.

  • Submit an Application: Your Broker will evaluate your financial documents and submit your application to the most appropriate lender and arrange for your Approval Letter to be issued. Approvals are generally valid for 6 months.

3. Consider the Seller’s Situation

Understanding the seller's motivations can give you an edge in negotiations. Are they looking for a quick sale? Do they have sentimental attachments to the home? Some factors to consider:

  • Timeframe: If the seller needs to move quickly, they might accept a lower offer for a faster closing or they may not be willing to wait for a potential purchaser who can only buy subject to the sale of their home. Does this offer you an advantage?


 4. Be Prepared to Act Fast

In a competitive market, homes can sell quickly. Being prepared to act fast can make the difference between securing your dream home and losing out.

  • Stay Informed: Keep on it, stay updated on new properties coming to market, there are several websites listing properties for sale, check them daily

  • Have Your Finances in Order: Ensure you have your approval in place along with your deposit, stamp duty and legal fees.

  • Be Decisive: Know your limits and be prepared to make a swift decision when you find the right home.

5. Build rapport with your Estate Agent:

Estate Agents are appointed by the seller to deal with all aspects of the sale in a professional manner, they will advise you as to what your best options are in relation to placing your bid. Remember the Estate Agent has been appointed by the seller and has no contractual relationship with any buyer for the purposes of the sale

  • Introduce Yourself: Share a little about yourself and your family, confirm that you already have approval.

  • Express Your Enthusiasm: Explain why you love the home and how you envision your future there.

  • Acknowledge the Seller: Compliment the home and acknowledge any personal touches they've added.


Making the right offer on a new home involves a blend of research, preparation, and strategy. By understanding the market, getting pre-approved, considering the seller's situation, acting quickly, and adding a personal touch, you can increase your chances of making a successful offer. This is a significant investment, so take your time to ensure you make the best decision for your future. Happy house hunting!


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