Ready to Make an Offer? 4 Tips for Success

contract-1229857_1280Finding that perfect home for you and your family is usually the fun and exciting party.  Then comes the offer and negotiation.  This can be the nerve wracking and hair pulling part.  There is a certain amount you can afford and a certain amount you feel the home is worth and the seller may have different ideas.  Remember this important fact:  you are buying a house, the seller is selling a home.  The seller is selling all the memories, hard work and labors of love they put into that house to make it the home they love.  You are buying a home that  you really like and will love very quickly but right now you don’t have all those memories to fuel your emotions.  The most important of these tips below is to make sure you have a professional Realtor representing you.  We are Transaction Brokers in the state of Florida.  Our job is to work to make the transaction happen.  Our emotions are not allowed to enter into the equation.  We must be diligent and hardworking for you, our buyer and keep our emotions in check when things don’t go the way we planned.  That way you always have a voice of reason to listen to when things get rough.  Take a good look at these tips below, they will help you in a buying and negotiating situation.

Courtesy of Keeping Current Matters 

So you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market you want to make sure you make a good offer so that you can guarantee your dream of making this house yours comes true!

Freddie Mac covered 4 Tips for Making an Offer” in their latest Executive Perspective. Here are the 4 Tips they covered along with some additional information for your consideration:

1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

“While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”

This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ really should take place before you start your home search process.

As we’ve mentioned before, getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. You will also need to know if you are prepared to make any repairs that may need to be made to the house (ex: new roof, new furnace).

2. Act Fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.”

According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report, the inventory of homes for sale is currently at a 4.7-month supply. This is well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream home.

Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as soon as possible.

3. Make a Solid Offer

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be:

“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.” 

Consider ways of making your offer stand out! Many buyers write a personal letter to the seller letting them know how much they would love to be the new homeowners. Your agent will be able to help you figure out if there are any other ways your offer could stand above the rest.

4. Be Prepared to Negotiate

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two meeting-1020356_1280things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford.  

Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”

If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home. If the inspection uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can typically re-negotiate the terms or cancel the contract.”

Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or your fifth, having a local real estate professional who is an expert in their market on your side is your best bet to make sure the process goes smoothly. Let’s get together and see if we can make your dreams of homeownership a reality!

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a professional Realtor to help you negotiate the buying process.  I am here to help, give me a call and let’s get started!

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