It Says “Motivated Seller” – What’s That Mean to Me?

You are looking to buy a home and you come across a listing stating “motivated seller.”  What does this really mean to you – the potential buyer?

A “motivated buyer” is usually motivated by either price or time. Sometimes a seller is just needing to sell their home quickly due to relocation or already having a new home with another mortgage.

Sometimes a seller is “motivated” simple indicating to the potential buyer that the seller may entertain a lower bid.  Remember, just because it says “motivated” does not necessarily mean that the buyer is desperate so assume you can get something for nothing just because the listings states the seller is motivated.  However, if you are truly interested in the property, you may find that a lower offer may be entertained.

In the end, a “motivated seller” may just be “motivated” to get through the sale and into their new home. If you have questions, ask the agent, they may share with you the reason the seller is motivated.

Here are some listings to view that the listing agent has included motivated in Boise given to you by IDX/MLS.  These MLS listings are brought up to date daily: