My realtor says don’t play games and come in with your best price. But what if I end up overpaying? I do not know the ropes of real estate residential deal making, this is for myself to live in. I am pre-approved for a loan in writing. Please advise how to best acquire this house! I don’t want to lose out again. Houses are selling well over asking price here (USA, low interest loans available, nice suburb). Sometimes they sell the first day they are listed on the market! This house is 400k, zillow estimated value is 420k. I want to go in at 390k and a contingency clause to go up to 450k. Please advise how to make an offer, it will first be shown this Thursday.