Benefits of Seller Concession

Buyers and sellers often negotiate to arrive at a mutually beneficial agreement when purchasing a home. One powerful tool in this negotiation process is seller concessions. These are contributions made by the seller towards the buyer’s closing costs, prepaid expenses, or other financial obligations associated with the home purchase. Seller concessions can significantly ease the financial burden on the buyer, especially if they need additional funds to pay buyers agency commissions, making the home-buying process more manageable. Discover the benefits of seller concessions and the maximum allowed concessions per loan type.


What Are Seller Concessions?

Seller concessions are financial incentives the seller offers to help the buyer cover some of the costs of purchasing a home. These can include:

Closing costs (e.g., loan origination fees, appraisal fees, title insurance)

Prepaid expenses (e.g., property taxes, homeowner’s insurance)

Repairs or upgrades requested by the buyer

By reducing the buyer’s out-of-pocket expenses, seller concessions can make a home purchase more attractive and feasible.


Benefits of Seller Concessions

Reduced Out-of-Pocket Expenses:

Seller concessions can significantly lower the amount of cash a buyer needs to bring to the closing table. This is particularly beneficial for first-time homebuyers who may have limited savings.

Improved Affordability:

By covering certain costs, seller concessions can make homes more affordable, enabling buyers to purchase homes they might not otherwise afford.

Increased Buyer Confidence:

Knowing that the seller is willing to contribute to the costs can give buyers additional confidence in their purchase decision, potentially speeding up the buying process.

Enhanced Property Appeal:

For sellers, offering concessions can make their property more appealing in a competitive market, attracting more potential buyers and leading to a quicker sale.

Potential for Higher Sale Price:

While offering concessions, sellers might have the flexibility to negotiate a higher sale price, balancing the financial contribution they are making.


Maximum Allowed Seller Concessions by Loan Type

The amount of seller concessions allowed varies depending on the type of loan. Below are the maximum concessions permitted for different loan types:


Conventional Loans:

Primary Residence or Second Home:

3% of the purchase price if the down payment is less than 10%.

6% if the down payment is between 10% and 25%.

9% if the down payment is greater than 25%.

Investment Property:

2% of the purchase price, regardless of the down payment amount.


FHA Loans and USDA:

Up to 6% of the purchase price can be covered by seller concessions.


VA Loans:

Seller concessions can be up to 4% of the purchase price. Additionally, the seller can pay for certain costs, such as the funding fee, that do not count towards this 4% limit.


Seller concessions offer a strategic advantage in real estate transactions, benefiting buyers and sellers. Buyers enjoy reduced financial strain and increased purchasing power, while sellers can make their properties more appealing and potentially command higher prices. Understanding the limits on seller concessions for different loan types is crucial for both parties to maximize the benefits and navigate the home-buying process smoothly. Whether you are a buyer looking to minimize out-of-pocket costs or a seller aiming to make your home more marketable, seller concessions can be a win-win solution in the real estate market.

When you’re ready to start the journey to your new home, contact Andy Schoemehl at 314-221-7797 today.

Andy Schoemehl | Vice President
314.221.7797 phone | 636.898.1017 fax
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Chesterfield, MO 63017


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