Right now we are in a market that favors the seller in many price points. There simply are more buyers out looking than there are available homes. This means you need to adjust your house hunting strategy in order to better your chances at getting the home you really want!
Follow these tips:
Be available for showings at a moment’s notice
Househunting can’t just wait for the weekend in a busy market like this. Be prepared to make yourself available to view new listings as they come on the market.
Do your research & be ready
What neighborhoods, what style, what price? There’s not a lot of time to shop around and look at 20+ houses to see which is the one for you. They’ll most likely be sold to someone who knows what they want right now and is ready to jump right in and make an offer.
Finances: Come prepared
It’s go-time. Have your preapproval in place to add weight to your offer to purchase. If you don’t, some other buyer will.
Know your must-haves, make quick decisions & do not waver
In a market where homes are selling quickly and multiple offers are submitted, you will need to make a quick decision. Since buying a home is a huge purchase, you still need to act wisely while acting quickly. Make sure the home has all of your “MUST-HAVES”. If you feel strongly you must have 1.5 baths and a 2 car garage think twice before jumping on a home that does not. You may deeply regret compromising your must-haves. Along the same line, if this house it “IT” for you, best not to sleep on it before taking action.
Have a buyer’s agent in your corner
Contact a First Weber agent if we can help you with buyer agency in Wisconsin. You can be represented by a professional negotiating on your behalf as a buyer agent, but only after signing a buyer agency agreement. A buyer’s agent could be a huge help to you when you are buying a home in a tight market.
Make your best offer first
You may only get one chance at getting your offer accepted. Make your best offer. In some ultra-competitive markets, even an over asking offer price may not be accepted. Time to move on to the next house… remember even in bidding wars, keep an eye on your must-haves so you do not have any regrets.
Can you offer a quick closing? A large downpayment? Maybe waive some contingencies? Can you offer a delayed closing so the seller has time to find a new place? Any number of these may make your offer more attractive to the seller.
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