Conversation: 10. Counteroffer
10. Counteroffer

1. Repeat


A: I hear the young couple that came by the other day made an offer on our house.

B: Yes, the potential buyers made an offer this morning.

A: Is the offer a good offer?

B: The offer is pretty good. You asked three hundred thousand and they offered two hundred eighty thousand.

A: I would be willing to take two hundred ninety thousand, but no lower.

B: You could make a counteroffer of two hundred ninety thousand dollars. Would you like to do that?

A: Yes, I would like to make the counteroffer.

B: I will make the counteroffer immediately by phone.

A: What if they don't accept the counteroffer?

B: They can make a counteroffer themselves or state that their first offer stands.

2. Repeat


A: I got a message on my machine that you received an offer on my house.

B: Yes, the offer came in late last night. It was too late to call you.

A: Is the offer as high as we were hoping for?

B: They offered two hundred eighty thousand dollars, and you were asking three hundred thousand dollars. They are definitely in the ballpark.

A: I was prepared to go a little lower, but more like two hundred ninety thousand dollars.

B: Would you like to make a counteroffer of two hundred ninety thousand dollars?

A: I definitely would like to make a counteroffer.

B: I will FAX them the counteroffer right away.

A: What if my counteroffer gets turned down?

B: They have an option of making a counteroffer, or they can just reject your counteroffer.

3. Repeat


A: Your office called and said that an offer came in on our house.

B: Yes, the offer came in less than an hour ago.

A: How good of an offer did we receive?

B: Their bid was two hundred eighty thousand dollars, and you said that you wanted three hundred thousand dollars. Their bid is a reasonable start.

A: We built a little leeway into the asking price, but I don't want to accept less than two hundred ninety thousand dollars.

B: Sellers frequently make a counteroffer. Would you like to counteroffer two hundred ninety thousand dollars?

A: I think that a counteroffer would be wise at this point.

B: I will contact their agent right away with your counteroffer.

A: What should we do if they don't like the counteroffer?

B: If the seller doesn't want to accept your counteroffer, they can reject it or come up with a counteroffer of their own.


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