Reasons your offer may be rejected and what to do next


Nothing is quite as upsetting as putting an offer on the house of your dreams, only to have the offer rejected. Rejections can happen for a number of different reasons. Understanding why the rejection occurred can help you decide what steps to take next.

Reasons for Rejection

Some of the most common reasons an offer can be rejected include:

  • The offer was too low. – Perhaps the most common reason for a rejection occurs when an offer comes in too far below asking price. Although some sellers may submit a counteroffer, others might reject your offer outright, especially if another buyer is also interested in the property.
  • The offer was too high. – In some cases, a high offer may even be problematic. For example, if you made an offer well above asking price that is contingent on a mortgage, the seller may reject the offer if it seems like the property’s appraisal won’t be high enough.
  • Another buyer offered better terms. – Your offer may also be rejected if another buyer’s offer has better terms, such as an all-cash payment or a faster closing.
  • Your personal letter caused a problem. – Personal letters can often give the seller the push they need to accept your offer. However, in some cases, the information in your personal letter may be upsetting to the seller. For example, if you indicate that your plans for the property would change it considerably, the seller may opt for another buyer.

What to Do Next

The steps you should take after receiving a rejection depend on the specifics of the situation. If the seller rejected the offer based on something that can be changed, such as the price, you may be able to try again. However, if the seller has already accepted another offer, it may be time to move on. Talk to your real estate agent for customized advice.