With historically low interest rates--hovering at 3 percent--and shelter in place restrictions easing, housing experts predict home sales will continue to rise during the summer months. But since so many sellers either removed their properties from the market as the pandemic unfolded or chose not to list at all, inventory is limited.
So, what do you do if you are a buyer in a seller’s market?
- Have a pre-qualification. Get pre-approved.
At minimum, get a pre-qualification, but even better is a pre-approval.
Pre-qualification simply means you spoke to a lender about your financial situation. Pre-approval requires a more detailed, signed application with supporting documentation to verify your finances. It also shows the seller you are serious about buying and have all your ducks in a row to move forward. Added benefit, your pre-approval will tell you how much house you can afford.
- Make your best offer.
When inventory is abundant it is reasonable to make a less-than-asking-price offer. But when inventory is tight, you don’t have that luxury. Make a strong opening offer and then be prepared for a bidding war. Tip: set your search below your maximum financing level to give you room to go over asking price, especially if you find a house you love.
- Work with an experienced agent.
Now is the time to be offer ready. Working with a seasoned professional can help you compete with other buyers and give you a better chance of getting the home you want. Real estate agents will save you time in a fast-paced seller’s market because they understand the process. Added advantage, they likely now about upcoming inventory.