Buying a house isn't always easy and as a Madison real estate professional I have always believed that the best approach in working with Buyers is to let them find a comfortable pace at which to guide them through the process. Everyone is different and every home buying process is different and that has worked great. Until now.
Now, we all have ONE date - April 30th!
If you have not written an offer yet, or if you are in an accepted offer but still getting through contingencies, here are quick home buying tips that you need to know today!
- Don't fight time. Plan your time, be in control of your time and create time to make this happen. If you have to reschedule activities and push them into May, do it. Don't try and fit it all in. You will cause yourself unnecessary stress. Buying a home takes time. Take a day or two off from work. Once you find the right home, the negotiation process of offers, counter offers and amendments back and forth take time, inspections take time, meetings with your lender take time. Explain what is going on at work and get the flexibility you need to make good decisions through the process.
- Write a solid offer. You've found the right house (phew!) and now it is time to submit an offer to the Seller. Before writing the offer it is important to know the market. If you've seen 10 homes and this home is the best for you because of the perfect yard and it's close to your work then it holds more value than those other 9 homes. Don't lose sight of that. There is competition out there, multiple offers are being submitted. If you are looking to submit a low ball offer because you want a 'deal' then it is time to consult with your agent. Know how many days the home has been on the market, have the Sellers rejected prior offers, is there a competing offer looming and have you analyzed the comparables? You don't want to leave money on the table. You're not going to write a full price offer on a home that has been on the market for 200 days. So what are you going to offer? Plan well. Work with your agent to create a strategy. And then make each move thoughtfully.
- Understand the process. Yay! You have an accepted offer, you can relax. WAIT! STOP! This is when it heats up and you have more on the line. It is important to read through the offer with your agent so you understand what could go wrong and where there are potential problems throughout the process. Understand the inspection process so you aren't forced to submit a notice vs an amendment. And if you are going to submit a notice, understand what the consequences are and what your choices are. Don't let the contingency deadlines jeopardize your opportunity to buy. The contingencies are there to protect you, but they have the ability to do just the opposite.
Work closely with your agent and you can find the right house, negotiate a great offer and work through the process with as few problems as possible. Notice I didn't say with NO problems. There will be problems. But if managed properly, there won't be devastating problems.