Savvy Negotiations for Your Future

Not sure how to go toe-to-toe with car dealers, landlords, and real estate brokers? Here are some tips from the pros

Childhood means never having to haggle. From diapers to college tuition, the purchases of a kid's life come with nonnegotiable price tags. When young adults reach financial independence, however, they're faced with a host of intimidating new transactions—ones they probably weren't prepared for in school.

Be wary, too, of over-negotiating. Novice negotiators try to keep haggling even after they've gotten a fair deal, possibly because they haven't prepared enough to know what's fair, the pros observe. Says Marlin: "When you get to a fair deal, take it."

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