Factors to Consider in an Offer

Selling a home is a major decision that requires careful consideration and planning. There are many factors to consider when receiving an offer on your home, and it’s important to understand how each one can impact the sale. 

Here are some key factors to consider when evaluating an offer on your home:


The price of your home is likely the most important factor to consider when receiving an offer. It’s important to have a clear understanding of the value of your home and to be realistic about what you can expect to receive. While it’s natural to want to get the highest price possible, it’s important to weigh the offer price against the current market conditions and the overall value of your home.

Good Faith Deposit

A good faith deposit is a sum of money that a potential buyer puts down to show their commitment to purchasing the property. The amount of the deposit can vary, but it’s typically around 1-2% of the purchase price. The deposit is held in escrow and is applied to the purchase price at closing.

Down Payment

The down payment is the amount of money that the buyer puts down toward the purchase of the property. A higher down payment can be a good sign that the buyer is financially stable and committed to the purchase.

Cash or Financed

Another important factor to consider is whether the buyer is paying cash or financing the purchase with a mortgage. A cash offer can be more attractive because it eliminates the need for the buyer to secure financing, which can be a lengthy and uncertain process. 


The timing of the sale can also be an important factor to consider. If the buyer can close quickly, it may be worth considering their offer, even if it’s not the highest price. On the other hand, if you have the flexibility to wait for a higher offer, it may be worth taking the time to see if you can get a better price.


Another factor to consider is the occupancy of the property. If the buyer needs to move in right away, but you need to stay in the property until you find another, then that offer may not be the one. On the other hand, if the buyer is willing to wait until you can find a new home or if they are purchasing the property as an investment, then the timing may work out for both parties.


Contingencies are conditions that must be met before the sale can be completed. Common contingencies include financing, home inspection, and appraisals. It’s important to understand the contingencies included in the offer and to consider whether they are reasonable and achievable.


Finally, it’s important to consider what is included in the sale. Are appliances, fixtures, and other personal property included in the price, or will they need to be negotiated separately? It’s important to have a clear understanding of what is included in the sale and to consider whether the offer reflects the value of these items.

In conclusion, there are many factors to consider when evaluating an offer on your home. It’s important to have a clear understanding of the value of your home, to consider the overall financial stability of the buyer, and to carefully evaluate the terms of the offer. By taking the time to consider all of these factors, you can make an informed decision and ensure a smooth and successful sale. 

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster