If you ask an experienced Realtor or any homeowner you know, you’ll quickly find out that trying to buy a home in a hot real estate market is an uphill battle. When there are a lot of buyers all competing for very few homes in a given market, it often leads to bidding wars, not to mention inflated prices and other challenges. All is not lost though, because , with enough preparation and the right state of mind, you can prevail in the bidding war. This article will explain how you can win the war by making your offer one that the seller can’t refuse. Hire an Experienced Realtor Being honest with yourself, are you a great negotiator? Unless you’ve spent your adult life buying and selling property, you probably don’t have the skills or experience to tackle the tough negotiations that are a part of every real estate transaction. You don’t want to figure this out when you’re on the losing end of a bidding war. Therefore, it’s best to start off with strong professional representation. Obtain referrals from neighbors, friends, and family. Spend some time checking references and interviewing Realtors with experience in the area you want to buy in. Obtain Preapproval from Your Mortgage Lender Now that you’ve hired a good Realtor to represent you in buying a home, you will need to meet with your banker or another financial institution regarding a mortgage. You goal is to gain preapproval for the financing of your new home. This gives the seller proof that you are a serious buyer and can follow through and close the deal. You will need to bring all your financial information when you meet with your mortgage lender. Gather up your recent tax returns, pay stubs, bank statements, and other relevant documents and make sure they’re organized. Being fully prepared helps speed up the approval process. Line up the Appraiser & Home Inspector
Once your offer has been accepted on your dream home, it will be time for an appraisal and an inspection. Since the top professionals get booked up, it would be best to book these companies in advance. Again, ask for referrals from friends and family, and of course your Realtor. Check references and speak with them personally, so you can choose the ones you have the most confidence in. Convey That You Seriously Want to Close Quickly
Everyone trying to sell a home wants a quick closing, so if you haven’t already done so, make sure that you convey to the seller that you too want a quick closing. If they see you pushing the process along, they will be more confident about your ability to follow through and close on the house.