Inventory is bleak, but there are still ways you can find the right home.
The seller’s market is only getting stronger in 2021 as home prices continue to rise and inventories hit record lows across the country. While mortgage rates have inched up slightly, they remain low. Here are ways you can navigate the current seller’s market as a buyer.
1. Stay on top of your game.
Be clear about exactly what features you want in a home. There is no time to waste seeing homes that don’t fit the bill. Look at new
listings asap, and jump on opportunities as quickly as you can to stay competitive. Responsiveness and communication are key.
2. Have realistic expectations.
A lowinventory market is not a great time to wait for the perfect home to come along. Adjust your expectations about nonnegotiables. Paint colors can be changed, and additions can even be made in time, but things like location and lot size are permanent. Be prepared to accommodate the seller’s needs in many cases.
3. Avoid seeing houses at the top of your budget.
Inventory is low and competition is high. Homes are selling for more than list price, and bidding wars are common. If you’re already at the top of your budget and being asked to go even higher, it’s probably not a good use of your time to see homes at the maximum price range for which you are qualified. Consider homes at the lower or middle tier of your budget and leave room to bid a little higher than asking if necessary.
4. Consider alternative neighborhoods.
You may increase your buying opportunities by exploring neighborhoods that you may have not previously considered. Be open to seeing homes that fit your preferences but are located in areas that may not be your first choice.
5. What can you do to sweeten the deal?
Homes are frequently selling within a few days of being listed for sale, and multiple offers are common. When sellers are receiving multiple competitive offers in a short amount of time, anything you can do to help your offer stand out will put your offer ahead. Accommodating the seller’s specific needs and requests, and limiting contingencies, will improve your chances of having your offer accepted.
Life as we know it has changed, and for how long no one can be certain.
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Source: Realtor magazine