When buying a home you always have to look for a few things for yourself, but did you know that there are also things people are looking for in you? You might say, “I’m the buyer, why are they sizing me up?” There are plethora of reasons why, but to keep it simply, it’s just like any social situation, people are going to look at you just as much as you will at them. So where am I going with this? Well it’s simple, people do not have time to goof around, and they don’t have time to try to figure you out, or get to know you. So instead of playing it mysterious, or lowballing sellers, try some of these buyer tips instead.
First off, you have to make a good impression with your seller as well as your real estate agent. Why your real estate agent? Making a good impression with your real estate agent will not only help quicken the process, but will more likely make your agent more inclined to go out of their way to help you out. So what should you do? Be specific, your agent will have a hard time finding a home you want if you’re vague. This will frustrate you and your agent, so be sure to mention your must-haves as well as what you know you want to stay away from. You should also act relaxed and be easy to work with, even if you’re not. Remember, no one likes a jerk.
Secondly, be pre-approved by a lender. Not only will you know how much money you can spend, but it will also help you significantly speed up the overall process. This information will also impress your seller, as he or she will know you can actually pay for the home, making it easier to decide between your offer and someone else’s.
Thirdly, be flexible. Rarely are you going to find the perfect home. Sometimes you’ll get more for your money if you buy an older home that needs a little work. Look past the ugly wallpaper and dirty carpet, remember that can be changed, and visualize your trendy new finishes. Plus some old homes really rock. They look retro, and often have some interesting history that may be the talk at your housewarming party.
Fourth, shop in your price range. When looking at price for a home it’s no different than buying anything else; if you can’t afford it, do not buy it. It’s also more clever to look at a house in your price range because if there’s a bidding war, you won’t be bid out if you can pay full price. Trying to buy a home out of your price range with a low offer will often frustrate you, your seller, and your agent.
Lastly, be ready. Be ready to see a new home at a moment’s notice. Be ready to make an offer after you see a house that may be “the one”. Be ready to work with other people who may be fast paced. The real estate market can be very cutthroat, and one of the most crucial pieces of advice I can give you is to simply be ready.
If you have any questions about buying or selling your home, be sure to call or visit National Realty Group. We’ll do everything we can do set you up with an agent who will be sure you can be ready.