Be Pre Approved with your financing
Before you even begin to set out to buy a home, it’s critical that you have your Lender confirm your ability to buy a home by providing you with a Pre Approval for a loan. A Pre Approval goes beyond a verbal conversation between the home Buyer and their Lender. For a Pre Approval, they’ll want to review your credit, income and assets to determine your eligibility for financing. They’ll look at your credit report, your pay stubs, your bank statements and your tax returns, to name a few. The verbal conversation is what you’ll likely see in a Pre qualification which will be of no value to a home Seller considering your qualifications to afford to buy their home.
This Pre Approval will be be in the form of a written letter from your Lender that spells out your ability to buy a home; the Seller’s home. This letter will be presented along with your Real Estate purchase contract.
Be fast with your offer
When you locate a home that meets your wants and needs, don’t lollygag about making the necessary arrangements to view a home. When you come across a home that you really like, you can imagine you’re not the only Buyer who thinks this home would be perfect for them. Let your Realtor know that you want to see the home right away. If it’s Monday when you see it online or your Realtor brings it to your attention, you don’t want to wait until Saturday to take a look. When Saturday rolls around there could easily be several offers on the home already, particularly if it’s a nice home, priced right (meaning the Listing Agent knows what they’re doing). The same holds true for when you actually went to see a home and you really love it, but you just need a few days to think about it. This is another recipe for missing out on the home you really loved as there was another Buyer who loved the same home you loved and jumped on it with their offer, so now the home is no longer available for sale. Unfortunately, this is one of the first, hard lessons learned by a Buyer trying to buy a home in a Seller’s market when they lose the home they really loved because they were asleep at the wheel. When you snooze, you’ll lose in a Seller’s Market.
Being fast, also involves demonstrating that you’ve agreed to terms of the contract that will be completed quickly and without prolonged delays. For example, if your Real Estate purchase contract has a standard time of 30 days for a loan commitment, consider cutting that in half to 15-20 days, as long as your Lender can assure you that this is possible. Or if the inspection time period standard is 10 days, consider completing your inspection in 5 days. All of these expedited times that you offer, lets the Seller know you’re serious. However, it’s critical that any shortening of time frame that you offer must be met so you’re not in default of your obligations as a Buyer. You don’t want to be in default as this will subject your escrow deposit to possibly being forfeited. I cannot provide legal advice as only a Real Estate Attorney can provide legal advice. We buy houses in Baltimore MD
Be priced right on the money
Price your offer to win! Your Realtor should do a careful review of the home’s local market to determine fair value of the home and hopefully, the listing Realtor will be skilled at determining home selling prices so your offer can demonstrate that you want the home when your offer favors the list price or above. Because well priced homes can elicit multiple offers in a Seller’s market, it isn’t uncommon for a Buyer’s offer to be pushed above the list price of the home. Fair market value must be known and please know, that it’s not about taking a quick peek at Zillow for their Zestimates, as my Realtor friend Debbie Drummond will agree with me on.