I can only tell you to "not fall in love with" any "one" house,
you will lose your bargaining power.
Find the best of the bunch but be prepared to lose it,
then make them a low ball offer,
not ridiculously low,
let them come back and counter your offer.
One we bought a few years ago,
was owned by a finance company,
the home was listed at $308,000.
The realtor said we should offer $285,000.
But we wanted it for less,
because our rule is if we buy a house,
we have to know if we want to re-sell it,
after some renovations,
less closing cost,
that there is some money to be made on the resale.
we said we would offer $245,00..the realtor was miffed,
(remember the more they make you "offer" the more commission they make)
so she was miffed and didn`t even want to take them the offer,
she said they would be "insulted"...but legally they have to present any offer that is submitted.
Anyway our offer of $245,000 was accepted,
the only thing the seller countered was that we take the house one month sooner that we actually wanted.
They didn`t want the hassle of "holding" it for any longer than they had too.
We bought the house,
lived in for 3 years and sold for $345,000.
You have to be willing to lose the house,but with so many for sale,
sooner or later you will find the right one at the right price.
And remember you have to think about the future sale of that home,
will someone (other you)
want to buy it for more than you paid,
baring in mind there will be agents fees/closing costs on the price you want to sell if for.
you can make a nice little bundle on real estate.