Navigating the Bidding Process in NYC Real Estate

Navigating the bidding process in the New York City real estate market can be a complex and competitive experience. In this blog, we will explore the process of making an offer on a property in NYC, the factors that influence the bidding process, and strategies for successfully navigating the process.


Before beginning the bidding process, buyers should obtain pre-approval for a mortgage. Pre-approval provides a clear idea of the budget and can help buyers be more competitive when making an offer.  It also provides sellers with the confidence that the buyer has the necessary financial resources to complete the purchase.

Initial Offer

Once a buyer has found a property they are interested in, they will typically make an initial offer through their real estate agent. This initial offer should take into account the property’s value and the current market conditions. In a competitive market, buyers may need to offer above the asking price to be competitive.

Multiple Offers

In a competitive market, there may be multiple offers on a property. When this happens, the seller and their agent will review each offer and determine the most attractive option. While the price is an important factor, there are other factors that can influence the seller’s decision, including the terms of the offer, the buyer’s financial situation, and the flexibility of the closing date.


If the initial offer is not accepted, the seller may choose to provide a counteroffer. The counteroffer may include a higher sale price or different terms, such as a shorter closing date. The buyer can then choose to accept the counteroffer or make a new offer.  This process can continue until an agreement is reached, or one party decides to walk away from the negotiation.

Escalation Clauses

An escalation clause is a common strategy used by buyers in a competitive market. The clause states that the buyer will increase their offer by a set amount, typically in increments, if there are other offers on the property. For example, a buyer may include an escalation clause that increases their offer by $5,000 if there is another offer higher than theirs.

Waiving Contingencies

In a competitive market, buyers may also choose to waive contingencies, such as an appraisal or inspection contingency, to make their offer more attractive.  However, this strategy can be risky, as it eliminates important protections for the buyer. It’s important for buyers to weigh the risks and benefits of waiving contingencies with their real estate agent before making a decision.

Earnest Money Deposit

Once an offer is accepted, the buyer will typically provide an earnest money deposit, which is a sum of money that demonstrates their commitment to purchasing the property.  The earnest money deposit is typically held in an escrow account and is applied to the purchase price at closing.


Navigating the bidding process in the NYC real estate market can be challenging, particularly in a competitive market. However, with the right strategies and guidance from a knowledgeable real estate agent, buyers can successfully navigate the process and secure the property they desire. With these strategies and the support of an experienced real estate agent, buyers can successfully navigate the bidding process and secure the property of their dreams in the competitive NYC real estate market.

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