The Art of Negotiation

Negotiation is the process of influencing buyers to purchase your house at the best possible price, terms and conditions. It is not a platform to obtain everything you desire, however, if you plan carefully and negotiate effectively and efficiently, you can achieve the highest possible price for your property.

The following are some negotiation tactics to help you achieve better success.

Plan for success
Before entering into a negotiation, you need to know what you want and how you can potentially achieve it. There is no point in closing the sale only to find out later that you have lost much money in selling the property at the contracted price. Therefore, make sure you have done your homework on your property financial calculation in the beginning so as to achieve your desired results.

Always negotiate face-to-face
This is the best way to size up buyers and promote the value of your house. If you negotiate over the phone, it is easier for buyers to say “No”. They can also change their mind before they sign on the dotted line.

Set the stage
Always choose on appropriate time and place to negotiate with buyers. It should be ideally occur when they are in a good mood, not occupied with other matters and are in a position to make a decision.

Prepare yourself
An unprepared mind and uncontrolled emotion can kill the sale. If the atmosphere becomes tense or negative during negotiation it will not help to bring the sale to a close. Worse still, if there are disputes in which careless words are spoken, it may even kill the sale completely.

Negotiation is power play
You should try to negotiate from the ‘superior’ ground. The party with lesser power, real or perceived, will find their position being eroded over a period of time. Power in negotiation is centered on your character (who you are) and competence (what you can do). To be successful, you should be able to build positive relationships, earn the right to be listened to and even be trusted. You need to be skilful in communicating to and persuading buyers to accept your offer. Project an image of professionalism and reliability. In addition, be pleasant at all times without being perceived as a pushover.

Negotiation is psychological
If you are not convinced about the selling price, do not expect to be able to convince others. You will only get what you believe, desire and deserve.

Negotiation is a management of perception
There is no need to be perfect to command the best returns although it helps. More importantly, you need to know how to influence buyers’ perception about the value of your house. From the dressing up of it to the presentation, you need to communicate the advantages of the house and help buyers perceive the tangible improvements that it will make to their lifestyle and returns on investment. The principle is: The more they want the house, the more they will pay for it. Generally, there is an upper limit to the fair market value of your property so aim high – this will at least leave room for negotiation. However, do not set too high a price. It will deter genuine buyers and possibly make them feel insulted.

Stretch the deposit
When a deal is agreed upon and the option form is signed, it should be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit (also know as option money). The sum of which should be large enough to deter buyers from defaulting it should also cover the cost for removing your property from the market.

Never reject an offer outright
Do not close the door permanently. Like fishing, always have a ‘bait’ to attract buyers to review and improve their offers. Throughout the process, you need to be patient and be sensitive to every move of the buyers.

In conclusion, remember that all of us will have to negotiate something during our lives. It can be an educational, exciting and enriching experience. If executed correctly, it can help you get what you want not only in the selling of property, but also in other areas of your life be it business or leisure.