You might look out your window and see grey skies, possible a few snowflakes, maybe a frosty windshield. So it’s still winter – right? Not so in the world of real estate!
All over sellers are shining up their homes, pre-packing clutter and getting ready to roll out the welcome mat for you! Every newly listed home represents a choice for buyers. An opportunity to compare features, condition and prices. While all of that is taking place, buyers everywhere are gearing up for the hunt. The longer you wait to seriously look at houses the more you could end up in paying due to multiple offers.
Multiple offers are good for the seller and cause the buyer to possible pay a little more for a home than they would have if they were to be the ONLY offer. When you make an offer on a home you are really starting a conversation with the seller. You talk about terms, inspections, who pays for what and when you expect to close and take possession. If you are writing an offer on a home that has other offers coming in, you need to give your highest and best (in some markets often above asking) and the least restricting terms for the seller is always recommended.
So what are you doing this weekend? Now is the time to start seriously looking at homes and looking with your eye on potential. Get on paper your FIVE MUST HAVES, determine your ideal location and a secondary location. Approach each home with the desire to make it your own, consider the potential and don’t forget to take condition into consideration – possibly you can get the seller to take less so you can update. Make sure your agent presents a well-written offer that includes an explanation on your offer price if it’s considerably lower than asking.
If you are thinking of buying or selling, let’s talk! I have over 10 years experience in real estate and many resources to help you get the most value for your money!