A buyer’s market is when there are more properties for sale than prospective buyers.  A seller’s market is when there are more buyers than homes for sale.  Right now, we are in a seller’s market.

If you are searching for a home in a seller’s market, you really need to make sure you do it right and arm yourself with the right information.

Start Your Search Early

Buying a house in a seller’s market requires diligence, which means you need to start researching even before you start visiting houses for showings. Since homes are priced to sell, you need to know what you want, how much you can spend and what things aren’t negotiable.

Make the most of your time by obtaining information about the house you’re interested in. Look for any disclosures on the property, property reports and how long you have to make an offer. If you’re not sure where to start, The Cal Yoder Team can help you locate different homes that suit both your style and budget. We can also help you with the process of making an offer. The key is providing as much detailed information to us as possible … prior to getting started.

Demonstrate Credit Worthiness

You should get prequalified before touring homes. The last thing you want is to find your dream home but not able to secure a mortgage. Being prequalified will help you better narrow your search and exclude any homes that are out of your price range. It also shows the seller that you’re serious about buying.

Make a Compelling Offer

After you have found a home you’re interested in, it’s time to put in your offer. Make sure to research what homes in the same area have sold for prior to making an offer. You should also ask if the seller is offering concessions.

Concessions are extras that some sellers offer to offset the selling price. However, try not to request concessions at first. If the seller is working with a real estate agent, they’ll already have that information. If you’re working with us, we can fill you in prior to meeting with the seller.

Incorporate the Escalation Clause

Escalation clauses state that you’ll pay a certain amount above the highest bid up to the maximum offer. It’s important to know that some sellers may make a counteroffer to your escalation as well. This means they may actually increase the listing price and ask for more money. You should feel free to sleep on it to make sure it makes sense for you.

Bottom Line

Buying a home takes more than money; it also takes time, research, and financial planning. Since buying a home is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make, it’s always better to be prepared!