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3 things to negotiate in a residential purchase agreement

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Real Estate

In Rhode Island, a residential purchase agreement is a contract between a buyer and seller of real estate. The agreement spells out the terms of the sale, including price, earnest money deposit, contingencies, inspections, and more. While many of the terms of a purchase agreement are set in stone, there are some areas where buyers and sellers can negotiate.


To negotiate the price of the home, buyers can start by looking at recent comparable sales in the neighborhood. They can also have their real estate agent compile a market analysis report. This report will show what similar homes in the area have sold for recently. With this information, buyers will have a better idea of what the home is worth and be able to make a more informed offer.

Sellers can also use comparable sales to come up with a fair asking price for their real estate property. However, they may also want to consider the current market conditions and whether there are any unique features of their home that could make it worth more than similar properties.

Closing costs

In some cases, the seller may be willing to pay all or a portion of the buyer’s closing costs. This can be a negotiating point if the buyer is having trouble coming up with the money for these costs. Sellers may also be open to negotiating on other costs associated with the sale, such as real estate agent commissions.

Possession date

The date of possession is the day when the buyer takes ownership of the property. In most cases, this will be the same as the closing date. However, there may be some situations where the seller needs more time to move out or make repairs to the property. In these cases, buyers can negotiate for a later possession date.

Whether you’re a buyer or seller, you should be aware of the areas where negotiation is possible to make sure that you get the best deal possible. However, it’s also important to manage your expectations and be prepared to compromise. With a little bit of give and take, you should be able to come to an agreement that works for both parties.