Definition of "Spread"

Karen Kennard real estate agent

Written by

Karen Kennardelite badge icon

Realtor with exp Realty LLC

Most typically, the definition of real estate spread implies the difference between the price offered by a home buyer and the initial amount asked for by the seller of real property. It refers to a gap between the financial value demanded by an asset seller and the bid. In other words, we call it the bid-ask spread. 

What does spread mean in finance?

In the financial world, spread describes inequality in a trading position. More precisely, it highlights the difference between a short (selling) position in a contract and a long (buying) one in another. This is referred to as a spread trade. The spread in underwriting determines the discrepancy between the sum paid to the security issuer and the expenses paid by the investor for that particular security.

Real estate agents can deal with a spread.

You may encounter the term a deal spread, which describes the probability of a negotiation closing or finalizing with success. Ask expert local realtors who can master and deal with crisis situations. However, if you’re a rookie real estate agent, you might want to consider some excellent closing process tips

What does a deal spread imply?

Let’s examine the concept of spread from a buyer’s perspective. Suppose you’re at an open house and don’t have the necessary money to purchase it. In that case, we can conclude that the probability of you buying luxury real estate worth one million dollars is practically zero. On the other hand, if you’re sitting at the closing table and everybody is signing the documents, the likelihood of you closing the deal must be a hundred percent. 

The spectrum between zero chance of closing a deal and a hundred percent certainty is what we call a deal spread. What are the factors affecting a deal spread? Every bargain has turning points and milestones. As you advance with the negotiations, the probability of closing a deal should be more outstanding. Still, there’s a significant difference between an accepted offer and getting the offer into a contract. 

How to reduce the real estate spread?

Many home buyers believe that the probability of purchasing the property is certain once they obtain an accepted offer. However, this can often be misguiding and backfire on them. An accepted offer generally functions as an invitation to sign a contract, and it’s still up in the air. The deal spread is still 50 percent or sometimes even less. 

If you’re confident about purchasing that particular home, it would be best to reduce the deal spread. Succinctly, make sure the deal is moving effortlessly forward. Watch out to ensure that every aspect of a home buying process goes smoothly. For instance, don’t postpone the home inspection process

Additionally, keep in touch with your real estate attorney or lawyer regularly. They are experts in real estate law and advise you and the parties participating in the property transactions. Thus, their quick response time can be paramount. 

Get ahead of potential problems and reduce the deal spread!

A contract of sale is a legally binding agreement and obligation for homebuyers to purchase and the sellers to sell under the contract’s terms and conditions. The price can’t be altered posteriorly. Once the parties get into contract, the deal spread narrows down substantially. Consequently, there’s a high probability that a breakthrough can be achieved in the deal. 

Remember, this is still not an open and shut case. It would be best to minimize or reduce these spreads if you wish the transaction would succeed. Our advice is straightforward: always be alert to factors jeopardizing your deal and try to address these in time.

image of a real estate dictionary page

Have a question or comment?

We're here to help.

*** Your email address will remain confidential.


Popular Real Estate Terms

Heating system dependent upon radiators in each room of the structure. The steam goes form the boiler through pipes to the radiators. A two-pipe system should be employed for larger ...

(1) Provided by a commercial or savings bank to the real estate company itself or to another party for documentation purposes. Such a letter may be needed by a prospective condominium owner ...

External top of a structure such as for an office building or house. ...

A type of real estate investment trust (REIT) that does not own property but gives short-term financing for construction loans or for permanent mortgage loans for major projects. ...

Availability of land in an urban area. ...

Trading of two or more properties containing separate descriptions and separate financial statements. ...

How much the rental property is worth. The valuation considers the net income derived from the property and a capitalization rate. ...

The American Planning Association, also known as APA, is a nonprofit professional organization representing the US’s urban planning field. The APA provides extensive educational ...

One-story house with a low pitched roof often having an open floor plan. ...

Popular Real Estate Questions