Listen to your real estate agent’s advice, but follow your own instincts on deciding a fair price when deciding how much you should offer for a house. Calculating your offer should involve several factors: what homes sell for in the area, the home’s condition, how long it’s been on the market, financing terms, and the seller’s situation. By the time you’re ready to make an offer, you should have a good idea of what the home is worth and what you can afford. And, be prepared for give-and-take negotiation, which is very common when buying a home. The buyer and seller may often go back and forth until they can agree on a price. If you haven’t had any home inspection before making the offer, you need also provide inspection contingency clause along with your initial offer.