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You need to be ready for the expense and emotional challenge of a dog who potentially has a serious heart problem before you take this pup. Of course, we all need to be ready for serious health problems with our dogs, no matter how wonderful or competent a breeder is. You just happen to have more information from the outset.
In terms of the practicality of it: check your bank account, check your own heart, and go get the dog. Take the reduced price, ask for a rider on your contract that specifically states you'll have the rest of the price refunded should the dog continue to have a gradable murmur after, say, six months of age.
Your first stop after your regular vet for a puppy checkup should be a veterinary cardiologist to grade the murmur and to have a baseline of heart health as the pup grows.
As many here have said, minor heart murmurs often disappear as a pup ages. Just be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.