Work with an experienced local REALTOR®. REALTORS® are knowledgeable about the area and market, can provide up-to-date information, and a competitive advantage. They can also make sure you are made aware when new homes come to market that meet your criteria and budget.
Affordability. Be sure that you’ve already received your loan pre-approval and have considered the cost of home ownership. Be ready to make a quick decision on a newly listed home that fits within your budget or criteria. Be prepared to walk away if the seller counters with a price outside your budget.
Making an offer. Bid competitively and limit contingencies by offering your highest bid. Also, do not list the sale of your current home as a contingency and be flexible with your move-in date.
Older listings. Don’t limit your home search to new listings. Older listings may have been priced too high and the price has since decreased.
Consider fixer-uppers. You can purchase a home that is priced below your budge and use the extra money to make repairs or renovate.