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How To Win A Bidding War

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It happened, you found your perfect house. Congratulations, you’re one step closer to homeownership! You reach out to the listing agent, only to find out that someone else wants the house too. Now you are faced with a bidding war (wait… what?). Before you start to panic, we’re here to explain how to come out on top!

  1. Don’t bid more than you can afford

Talk to your lender first before you decide how much money you are going to bid. Ideally, you should talk to us before you even start your house search. We will be able to tell you how much you can afford and what type of loan you will be approved for.

Never bid more than you have been approved for! In fact, you should always opt on the lower side. If you bid more than you can actually afford, you could lose the house entirely. Even if you win at the higher amount, it will put you in debt before you even move in. This could lead to late mortgage payments and eventually foreclosure.

That being said, submit your best and final offer early. You don’t want to lose the house because the other buyers bid at a price that you could beat. Another option is to add a clause stating that you will pay $1,000 more than the next ‘best and final,’ capped at the original price as seen in the listing.

  1.  Utilize your agent and your lender

People forget how powerful a face-to-face or phone conversation can be. Everything is done through e-mail, which takes the human touch out of the equation. Have your agent personally speak to the listing agent to address any concerns that they may have. Ask your lender to do the same and you’re solid. While numbers are important to the listing agent, so is the certainty that the purchase will go through.

  1. Have a flexible closing date

If you are not in a rush to close, let the listing agent know. Most sellers are either looking to sell immediately or they have no timeline in mind. Play either side of the coin if you have the option. For example, if the listing agent mentions that the sellers’ new house won’t be ready for a few weeks, tell the agent that you are in no rush to move. This could swing the bidding war in your favor. On the flip side, if they are looking to move immediately, let the agent know that you can move ASAP. Then work with your lender to ensure the process moves along as quickly as possible.

  1. Accept the house as-is

The house may need some updating, but if you’re in a bidding situation, it may work in your favor to accept the house as it is. The sellers will be relieved that they don’t have to put any more work into the house and you’ll win the bid!

  1. Write a letter to the sellers

Most sellers have an attachment to their home. They lived there for years and have made many memories. Write them a letter to explain to them why you want the house and your plans in your new home (example: a place where you can start your family). The sellers will be happy to know that they are giving their house to someone who will truly cherish it.

Have you won a bidding war before? If so, let us know how! 770-552-1000

Why Winter Is a Good Time to Sell

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Today, we’ll go over selling your property in the winter season. The conventional wisdom is that you shouldn’t sell your home in the winter because no one wants to buy a home and move during the holidays. However, we’ve seen that winter is one of the best times to sell and get top dollar.

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Are you thinking about building a new home from scratch? If so, take note of these three things you need to avoid! We have a lot of experience in new construction properties and would love to make the process as smooth as possible for you.

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The Best Place To Start Your Home Search

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Today, we’ll discuss how to effectively and efficiently start shopping for your next home. After you’re pre-approved and have your criteria figured out, what do you do?

There’s nothing wrong with taking a Sunday afternoon drive in an area where you want to live and start calling the Realtors on the For Sale signs. However, that’s not the most effective way to go about your home search, and with the price of gas these days, it can be very costly.

Most people begin searching online, using sites like Zillow or Trulia. While these sites provide a lot of information, I recommend using your Realtor’s home search site. The Realtor’s site will have a live feed to the listing service.

Other sites just give you a snapshot of homes on the market at one point in time, and don’t update often enough. Some properties listed on Zillow or Trulia actually sold two and a half years ago! If you want to use the most updated and accurate resource, use your Realtor’s website.

When looking for a home, you also need to know if it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market. It’s extremely important to understand the dynamics of the market you’re in so that you know what to expect in your own transaction. A seller’s market has low inventory, and the seller has more power. A buyer’s market has high inventory, and the buyer has more control of the transaction.

The last thing I want you to keep in mind is to never write an offer until you see a market analysis from your agent. Don’t assume that the seller has priced their home based on current market dynamics. Some listing agents go along with whatever the seller wants to price the home for just so the agent can get a listing. You want to make sure the home is priced correctly so you don’t overpay.

If you have any questions, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Today, we’ll discuss the home inspection process. The home inspection is a crucial part of the process for both the buyer and the seller, although it is designed primarily to protect the buyer.

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Home Purchase Process For First Time Buyers

posted by Stephen Katz
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are you looking to buy your first home? Well look no further, because I’m here to walk you through the entire process!

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Are you thinking of hiring a buyer’s agent? If so, there are questions you should ask to ensure you hire somebody you can trust. Here are a few to keep in mind:

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Four Home Buying Tips

posted by Stephen Katz
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Today I’ll tell you the four biggest tips to get started with your home search.

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What You Need To Know About Property Taxes

posted by Stephen Katz
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Today, we’re going to talk about property taxes. The good news is property values are up. The challenge is that when property values go up, so do your property taxes.

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Many people don’t know that buying new construction property is not the most transparent process. That’s why we recommend working with an agent when you’re buying property of any kind.

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