How To Buy a Home In a Seller’s Market

Posted by Shawn Clayton on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 at 10:29am.

What You Need To Know To Buy a Home In a Competitive MarketIn a seller’s market, there are more people looking to buy homes than there are homes for sale, creating a lot of competition between buyers. A seller’s market means time is of the essence, and buyers need to do everything they can in order to be able to buy a home with so many other competing buyers. While a seller’s market might seem intimidating, there are ways buyers can help themselves find and purchase the right home for their needs. Whether it's a pre-existing waterfront home or a new construction here are some great buyer strategies. 

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Don’t Wait To View Homes

In a market where competition is low, buyers don’t feel the need to go to home showings the same day the home was listed because, chances are, it’ll still be for sale on the weekend when buyers have time to spare. In a seller’s market, buyers don’t have this luxury. Homes put up for sale on Monday can be sold by Tuesday, so in order to have a chance at buying a home, buyers need to get out there and attend Shrewsbury Township showings as quickly as possible. 

Work With An Experienced Real Estate Agent

In such a highly competitive market, home buyers need every edge they can get to beat out the competition, and having an agent will help do just that. Real estate agents have far more resources than buyers working on their own, so agents have the ability to know about new home listings far faster and can help their clients make their offers the best they can be so they have the best possible chance at being accepted. 

Don’t Be Too Picky

When buying a new home, it’s easy to fall into a mindset that if the home isn’t perfect, it isn’t worth buying. This mindset can be extremely harmful during a seller’s market because it almost guarantees that the buyer won’t find a home that suits their needs. When competition is so high, buyers need to take a step back and realize that they will have to accept that the home they buy might not be perfect. Just remember that many things about a home can be changed later on, so try not to be hung up on cosmetic issues like paint.

Get Pre-Approved For a Loan

In a seller’s market, everything moves at an extreme pace, so buyers need to be ready to be fast when the time comes. In order to help with this, before even starting to look for a new home, all buyers should look into getting preapproved for their loan of choice. Being pre-approved means the buyer will have written documentation of the amount of money they are allowed to borrow, which can be appealing to sellers. It also means that buyers won’t have to wait for loan approval later on when offering on the home or be caught off guard by any surprise mortgage issues, which again, can be appealing to sellers—especially if the seller is trying to find a quick sale. 

Don’t Wait To Offer

The easiest way for a buyer to hurt their chances of purchasing a home is by waiting to offer on it. Homes move quickly in a seller’s market, so there is very little time for deliberation as waiting too long will mean losing the home. After the buyer goes to the showing, they should already have a good idea of if they want to  offer or move on to the next home.

By keeping these strategies in mind, homeowners can help give themselves the edge they need to find a home in a seller’s market. For more advice on how to stand out, buyers should be sure to consult their real estate agents.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Shawn Clayton, Owner/Broker, REALTOR®

Jersey Shores Luxury Home Expert

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