Sellers are “hurtin’ for certain” right now. Between the bad weather, the lengthy marketing times, falling prices and the lack of Buyers, Homeowners who want to sell their homes NEED YOU, The First Time Homebuyer NOW more than ever!
Not that you can “steal” a house, but you can certainly swoop in and get the deal you want on the home you want at the price you are willing to pay.
Get your “Thick Skin” on, get out there and Shop for the home you want and MOVE ON when the Seller or their agent gives you a hard time. There are plenty of homes and plenty of Sellers ready, willing and able to agree with you on a price.
If the Sellers and their Realtors seem extremely happy to see you, well, THEY ARE!!!
Use that happy moment to your advantage.
But don’t approach your shopping for a home in a haphazard way. No sir. Get all your “ducks in a row” before you brave the elements this weekend. Have your Mortgage financing lined up, your attorney in place and your Home Inspector ready to roll at a moment’s notice.
While it’s great that you as a Buyer are showing up to the (rather dull) party, you still need to demonstrate that you are SERIOUS about buying. That’s going to help you in a big way when you negotiate with the Sellers.
My pal Phil Faranda recently blogged about making offers in writing. He was writing mostly for fellow Realtors, but his words hold a lot of weight for you First Time Homebuyers, too.
I’ve posted a primer on the Five Steps To Making An Offer here on tcurranmortgage.com before.