Yes. That's right.
Shall I clarify that?
We went in to make our best and final counter-offer today, after taking a quick peak in the shed out back. I noticed a gas mower, and asked for that to be thrown in, along with the antique piano, and made the offer.
The realtor was not too pleased, we could tell. He, I think, thought we should be going closer to the counter-offer price they had come down to, which, as he put it, was "very fair" and "lower than they had originally indicated they would be willing to come down." We stayed firm, told him the most we could do, whether we wanted to pay more or not, was $227,500. (And then we had the audacity to ask for the piano and mower, too, haha!) But to try to sweeten the deal a bit, I asked DH if we could ask for $5,000 in closing costs instead of $7,000. So that's what we did.
The realtor made it sound like he wasn't sure what would happen, and that they had been arguing with the one son for quite some time because he wanted to re-list it with a different realtor for a higher price, etc. Well, whatever. It's worth a shot, we thought. Then he pulled out the "scare tactic" of "So, if they don't accept this, do you want to go ahead and make an offer on the other house, or do you want to see it again? I know they want 24 hrs notice before any showings..." (We saw right through this, by the way.) "Um, we'll have to think about that," we told him.
He called me back during a Creighton Model Intro I was giving at about 5:00pm.
I checked my voicemail at 6:00pm, and he left a message asking me to call him back.
He said, "Well, I got some news for you, and I think you'll be very happy with it!" (Here I was already getting ready for him to say that they came down to $235,000 or something like that.) He continued, "They didn't accept your counter. BUT, they conceded to all of the things you had asked for. The mower, the piano, the water pump in the basement, and they also want to throw in the refridgerator/freezer in the basement. They also agreed to paying $5,000 towards closing costs. And they came down to...
My poker face (er, voice) was gone at that point.
"Yes, it's a pretty great deal!"
"Well, we were definitely firm about that $227,500 offer, but I THINK we can scrounge together another $500 to close the deal!"
So... we go in tomorrow to sign all the papers, it will go into attorney review, and by the end of the week, the house should be OFF the market!
Here's a quick re-cap of how it went down:
Asking Price: $250,000
Our Offer: $220,000 with seller paying $7,000 in closing costs, the water pump
Their Counter: $238,500 with seller paying $7,000 in closing costs, the water pump
Our Counter: $227,500 with seller paying $5,000 in closing costs, the water pump, the piano, the mower
Their Counter: $228,000 with seller paying $5,000 in closing costs, the water pump, the piano, the mower... and the old refridgerator/freezer in the basement
And that is the story of the day we bought a really old, still-working refridgerator for $500 :)
(PS, I have another post from earlier today, and it's a good one, so don't miss it.)