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Real Estate FAQ | Is the property seller motivated?

Real Estate FAQ | Is the property seller motivated?Is the property seller motivated is a frequently asked question in Costa Rica real estate. A property seller who is really motivated will sell at a much-reduced price.

Buyers asking if the seller is motivated always hope the reason for selling a property is something really serious. Like a divorce, a death in the family or a bankruptcy. Any of those reasons will make the property seller motivated.

By asking that question, a buyer can expect to hear that the property seller is indeed motivated, but wants to receive near asking price.

Often you will find underlying psychology in their answer, so they don’t have to show extreme motivation. If you don’t ask, you will never find out.

Therefore, a better first question to ask is why the property owner wants to sell. Then you can always follow up with the 2nd question is the property seller motivated.

Less than motivated seller

  • We think the market is great to sell right now.
  • Upgrading to a larger and much more expensive home.
  • Moving to a fancier neighborhood.
  • Just won the lottery, so we want a pool.
  • The kids are gone now, so we want to downsize. But only if we get a great price.

A little-motivated seller

  • The home is too small for us now.
  • Kid going to college on the other side of town.
  • A job transfer to another city.
  • This was just our starter home.
  • We’re retiring to another country when we sell.

Extremely motivated seller

  • We’re broke.
  • Leaving the country next week.
  • We’re in a divorce.
  • My husband died and I can’t afford the maintenance fees.

In some countries, homes sell in a matter of weeks. In Costa Rica, the selling of a home takes much longer than that. Sellers often do not accept low ball offers and wait until they get one close to asking price. For that reason, when shopping to buy a property, you need to ask questions to get what you want.

Is the property seller motivated? Then, you will see a fast sale without a hitch.

This is a collection of Costa Rica real estate FAQ – frequently asked questions that I have put together to help you in buying or selling a home. Do you have any other questions that are not listed in our FAQ blog? Then feel free to leave them in the comment section below or send me a request. You can also subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter, The Easy Times, below.

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Ivo Henfling

Ivo Henfling started the American European Real Estate Network Costa Rica in 1996 and has grown it into the largest Costa Rica MLS with thousands of up to date property listings for sale and for rent. Ivo has written hundreds of articles about real estate and living in Costa Rica for The Tico Times and other online informational sites.

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