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So you are interested in buying a house, but with the economy in its current state, you need expert help or a what to offer on a house calculator to take all the guesswork and uncertainty out of the game. Well, you have come to the right place. Our what to offer on a house calculator allows you to input all the pertinent information and return an offer value based on the information you provided.

Continue reading to learn:

  • What the term fair market value mean;
  • How to use our how much should I offer on a house calculator;
  • How to figure out what to offer on a house; and
  • What influences the fair market value of a house.

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What does the term fair market value mean?

Fair market value refers to the price at which a house is likely to change hands in a competitive market. The buyer and seller are informed about all the related facts; neither is under undue pressure. Both are acting in their own interest and will agree on a price based on the information related to the property.

How to use this what to offer on a house calculator

This what to offer on a house calculator is designed to cater to persons who are buying with the intent to own their own homes and those looking to flip the house.

To use this, how much should I offer on a house calculator, you need to know:

  • The house's fair market value (FMV);
  • The number of repairs necessary and the cost of the renovation (COR);
  • The desired discount (DD) you wish to have on the market value; and
  • The profit (DP) you want to make. For those looking to own the house and have no intention of reselling in the foreseeable future, you may enter 0 in the desired profit field.

Once you enter the values into the relevant fields, the result will be generated in real-time.

Note only the fair market value field needs to be higher than zero for our calculator to work. If the house is brand new and has no need for renovation, the cost of renovation value may be zero.

To understand when a buyer may be likely to enter zero in these fields, read the section on how to know what to offer for a house.

If you are looking to buy a house, our mortgage calculator or our interest-only mortgage calculator may be of interest to you.

How do I determine what to offer on a house?

Sometimes, we may wish to make an offer on a house that is lower than the fair market value, and at times we may want to go higher. So how do we determine what to offer on a house – whether to go up or down? Diligence in your background check can help you to know when the seller may accept a lower offer and when going higher to close a deal quickly may be in your favor. A buyer may choose to offer more if any of the following are true:

  • There are other offers;
  • It is your dream house;
  • There are more buyers than sellers (it is the sellers' market);
  • You are competing with buyers who are willing to pay cash; or
  • The asking price is below the fair market value.

On the other hand, should one or more of the following situations exist, you may choose to offer below the asking price:

  • The owners are moving and have a limited time to sell;
  • The house needs renovation;
  • A crime has been committed on the property;
  • There are more sellers than buyers (it is the buyers' market);
  • The house has been on the market for a long time; or
  • Other similar homes in the area have sold below the asking price.

When will the real estate market become a buyers market?

No one can be certain when there will be another buyers' market. It can be many years before we see another one.

Stock market crashes, or a recession often creates a buyers' market. This is because there are generally more sellers than buyers during periods when people are losing their jobs in droves. This creates a situation where you can bargain for a lower buying price, and lenders are happy to offer lower interest rates to 'beef up' business.

Buying homes at a sharp rise in house prices due to speculative market forces, especially when interest rates are climbing, is risky. This is because should the housing bubble burst, buyers will find themselves stuck, paying a steep price for a home whose retail value is now way below their buying price.

If you are hoping to buy a home on terms, the interest rate can affect the quality of homes you will be able to afford. As the interest rates on loans go higher, the quality of homes you will qualify for decreases, limiting your options further. However, a rising policy interest rate and declining GDP growth usually anticipate the downswing of business cycles which may turn into a recession. While a recession is terrible news for many, it signals an end to the sellers' market, making it the perfect time to buy.

If you are buying a home as an investment and are interested in calculating its future value, be sure to check out our future value calculator.

🙋 A housing bubble exists when demand is much greater than supply, causing a sharp, large-scale hike in prices that is much higher than a country's annual household income.

Does the existing market condition influence the fair market value of a house?

Are you wondering how a housing market crash may affect the fair market value of your house?

Considering that the fair market is affected by the comparable value of homes in the same area and the fact that homes will sell at reduced prices in a buyers' market, you should realize that the fair market value of your property will indeed be affected by market conditions.

However, if you can hold on to your property, the market will eventually turn around, and so will the fair market value.


What should I offer on a home whose market value is $77,000?

$68,150. This result assumes a cost of renovation COR of $5,000 and a desired discount DD of 5%. The following formula is used to calculator an offer:

O = FMV - COR - (DD/100 × FMV)


  • O – Amount to offer; and
  • FMV – Full market value.

Plugging in the numbers:

O = 77,000 - 5,000 - (5/100 × 77,000)
O = 72,000 - 3,850
O = 68,150.

What are the advantages of buying a home in a buyers market?

Here are a few advantages of buying a house in a buyers market:

  • You have many more houses to choose from;
  • You can afford to take the time to choose the house that is just right for you;
  • You have fewer people to compete with when negotiating the buying price on your dream home; and
  • You have a greater chance of negotiating a reduced buying price.

How do I figure out how much I should offer on a home whose fair market value is $170,000 in a buyers market?

To figure out how much you should offer on a house in a buyers market, here are the facts you need to gather:

  1. The comparable price similar homes in the area have sold for;
  2. The reason the seller has put the property up for sale; and
  3. The operating revenue and expenditure of the property.

How do I determine the fair market value of a property?

Some factors used to determine the fair market value of a property are:

  • The square footage of the property;
  • The price comparable homes in the same area have been sold for;
  • Location of the property;
  • The asking price of similar properties in the area;
  • The price an appraiser has valued the home for; and
  • The operating expense of the property.
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Fair market value (FMV)
Cost of renovation (COR)
Desired discount (DD)
Desired profit (DP)
Offer amount (O)
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