Sellers Calling the Shots on Home DealsBy Les Christie – Thu, May 30, 2013 5:41 AM EDTIn a dramatic about-face for the hou...
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Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, today announced the results of its spring home selling survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive among 2,058 U.S. adults (18+) in May, 2013. The CENTURY 21® survey revealed that 33 percent of people currently searching for a home have been on the hunt for more than a year, and that the vast majority of them are willing to negotiate with sellers and make compromises to find their next home. In particular, prospective homebuyers are willing to compromise on popular amenities and their home’s location.

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  1. 1. Sellers Calling the Shots on Home DealsBy Les Christie – Thu, May 30, 2013 5:41 AM EDTIn a dramatic about-face for the housing market, sellers are now calling the shots.A survey of more than 2,000 Americans found that 33% of the 365 who were searching for a home have been on the hunt for more than a yearand many were willing to make compromises on where they live or the type of home they would buy in order to close the deal, Century 21 RealEstate reported Wednesday.[Click here to check mortgage rates in your area.]"The recovery has transformed the mindset of many buyers and sellers who grew accustomed to the buyers market we saw for years," saidRick Davidson, CEO of Century 21. "Buyer confidence is building back up and demand is strong... sellers are now in a more favorable position."Related: 5 best markets to sell a homeCurrently, there are 2.16 million existing homes for sale, down 13.6% from 12 months earlier.With fewer homes for sale and more buyers coming onto the market, sellers are less willing to negotiate on price like they were during thehousing bust. According to the survey, 42% of the people shopping for homes have placed offers in the past six months, yet only 11% of the bidswere accepted.That has caused buyers to rethink their positions: 85% said theyre willing to compromise to get deals done. Just over half said they would beflexible on the closing date; 31% said they would purchase a home "as-is;" and 29% would pony up more cash than they originally planned.The home shoppers said they are also willing to let go of some of the items on their "wish lists."Related: Best deals in real estateMore than half would give up on an in-ground pool; 49% would sacrifice a finished basement; 37% would compromise on either an updatedkitchen or walk-in closets.A majority of buyers are also more willing to look beyond their preferred locations, willing to live farther away from work, from family or fromrestaurants and shopping.More From CNNMoney.com10 big, booming citiesLas Vegas penthouse with private casinoOff-the-grid in a two-story treehouseCopyright © 2013 Cable News Network and Time Inc. and their affiliated companies. All Rights Reserved.Copyright © 2013 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. /YAHOO! FINANCE

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