You’ve Found “The Home.” Now What?


The long, tiring search is over and you’ve kissed a lot of frogs. You've finally found your dream home and want to make an offer on the property. How do you know how much to offer and if you’re getting the most value for your money in this Brandon MB market?


The offer phase of purchasing a home isn’t always straightforward and you need to at least know the market on homes in that area so you can determine if you’ll be getting the fair market value for that home. Ask your real estate agent to go through neighborhood  comparable actives and solds with you.  This report should be helpful with the offer process.


Lowballing is a common term in the world of real estate. It means that you’re offering to buy the house for a number that’s far below the market value. You run the risk of insulting the seller and losing the home for good.


But, if you don’t know the fair market value of the home you could overpay by thousands of dollars. To zero in on the market value of the home you’ve chosen, you should know if you’re in a seller’s or buyer’s market.


A buyer’s market means that there are plenty of homes for sale, but a shortage of buyers. This gives you more power to bid lower than the asking price and to even ask the seller to pay for some or all of the closing costs. In a buyer’s market, you’ll find the seller more willing to negotiate.


If you’re in a seller’s market, there is a shortage of homes for sale and you’re likely to have several potential buyers making offers at the same time. A seller’s market is a little tougher to negotiate in because you may need to compete with other buyers.


It’s sometimes devastating to a potential home buyer when their good-faith offer is rejected – especially without a counter offer. This could happen when the seller receives many offers and your offer was much less than the others. Or, the seller may back off of your offer to see if he can eventually get a better one.


All may not be lost, even if your offer has been rejected by the seller. The seller may not have accepted any offer on the home and you may still have time to negotiate by moving rapidly with a higher offer. This may result in a bidding war that your real estate agent will need to help you with.


A buyer’s agent is extremely helpful if you’re a first-time home buyer. He or she will be familiar with the local market and be able to negotiate the best deal on your behalf. You’ll learn a lot during this process, which may be helpful to you when you decide to sell.


If you’re working in a seller’s market and there’s a real shortage of homes in the area, you may still be able to get your dream home. Find a home you really love in an area you’re interested in and write a letter to the homeowner.


It’s a true leap of faith to try this method, but it’s worked for thousands of buyers and it just might work for you. Even if you receive a “not interested” reply, at least you’ll know you tried.


Never rush to make an offer in any market until you’re sure the home is right for you. Unless you do the proper research on the home, you may be rushing in to a situation that you’ll later regret.


Whether you live in Brandon MB, Virden MB or you're searching for acreages in these surrounding areas, the search can be strenuous and time consuming.  You can call on me to be your trusted go to REALTOR®, with insight on all new listings and recent home sales, within our local real estate market.

Love At First Site?

The Myth of “Love at First Sight” When Home Buying


“Love at First Sight” should be replaced in your mind with “look before you leap.” The myth of love at first sight when home buying has gotten many people in trouble financially and emotionally – and it could all be avoided by keeping some tips in mind before choosing based on love at first sight.


You may fall in love with the first house you lay eyes on. It may seem to have everything you’re looking for in a dream home. But, you’d be wise to check out and compare others to be sure it’s what you truly want.


In fact, it’s best to view as many homes as possible to ensure you’re making the correct decision. You don’t have to look at every home in the area, but comparing at least three is the rule of thumb.


One reason to compare and shop around is that you may find other features you like more in another home. You can then compare the features and decide which you like best and which would benefit you the most as a homeowner. And it could have a lower price tag.


Rushing to closing without the proper inspection and close examination for red flags that might haunt you later is one of the worst things you can do in the home buying process. A property inspection performed by a certified Inspector is a must with older homes as they may uncover deficiencies such as suspect foundations, issues with the furnace and/or homemade plumbing sytems put together during renovations that don't meet code regulations. 


Checking out other homes can also give you a good idea about the resale value of homes in the neighbourhood or other neighbourhoods you may be considering. When you purchase the best home in the area, know that your home may not appreciate in value as much as other homes surrounding you.


While you may love the home – take into consideration where it’s located. A great house in a bad neighbourhood may become a nightmare you have to live with even if you’re in love with the home itself.


Think about your future plans before falling in love with and purchasing a home. Is public transportation something that you need to look at? Are you far away from your work and would have to spend hours in traffic both to and from work? Look at your lifestyle and find out what’s really important to you.


You’ll likely walk through the home several times before you sign on the dotted line. Each time, be sure to scrutinize the property like you’re making one of the most important decisions of your life – because you are.


If you take your time, be honest with your real estate agent and your lender and don’t jump in to buy a home at first glance, you’ll be much more confident in the decision you make.


Whether you live in Brandon MB, Virden MB or searching for acreages in these surrounding areas, the search can be strenuous and time consuming.  You can call on me to be your trusted go to REALTOR®, with insight on all new listings and recent home sales, within our local real estate market.

 
 
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