Posted on: March 25, 2021 Posted by: Comments: 0

Last Updated on July 3, 2023

In highly desirable areas, the real estate market will remain a seller’s market in 2023. If you’re planning to shop for homes later this year you may be wondering how you can affordably do so, given the current economic climate.

Don’t stress–we’re here to help you get the most for your money, even in a seller’s market.

Tip #1: Understand the market

In a seller’s market, there are more buyers than there are homes for sale, creating an unbalanced market that tends to drive up demand and price. In desired areas and price points, homes will go very quickly and will often receive multiple offers. In order to be a competitive buyer, it’s important to set yourself up for success from the onset. 

Tip #2 Start your search early

To make the most of a competitive market and to get the most for your money, make sure to start the home search early. Meet with a Realtor early on to talk with them about your search criteria and get a game plan for how to make the most of your home search.

Be okay with the process taking longer than you anticipated. The latest data tells us that in a highly competitive market, the average home buyer toured at least 10 homes and spent 10 weeks searching for the right place.

Keep in mind too that you may be outbid a time or two on your quest for your next home, so getting your mindset right ahead of time will help you stay positive throughout the process. 

Tip #3: Get pre-approved first

Be ready to make a competitive offer that sellers will take seriously when you get pre-approved before you even shop for homes.

Unlike a pre-qualification, which is traditionally an automated review of your credit report, credit score and stated application information, a pre-approval scrutinizes every aspect of your creditworthiness.

A pre-approval determines exactly how much you may borrow under a specific mortgage program. It’s also a great way to distinguish your offer in a highly competitive, low inventory market. In other words, once you’ve obtained your pre-approval you can shop for homes with confidence! Get pre-approved now and shop for homes with confidence.

Tip #4: Make a clean offer

Now is not the time to attach all types of contingencies to your offer. Normal contingencies that depend on financing or passing inspection are completely fine, but having too many unreasonable stipulations is likely to cause your offer to be rejected.

If you’re having trouble sorting out what’s acceptable and what’s not, it’s best to talk with your Realtor. In the meantime, you’re welcome to browse a helpful article we wrote on the topic.

In a highly competitive market, it’s imperative that your offer stand apart from the rest. Some buyers offer to cover some of the expenses that are traditionally covered by the seller, and still others attempt to minimize the number of contingencies requested to stand out.

You can also go the route of presenting a full-cash offer, thanks to the help of one of Allen Tate’s technology partners, Ribbon.

Through our partnership with Ribbon, first-time homebuyers can present an all cash offer, backed by Ribbon, to win deals and close in just 14 days.

Additionally, if you’re trying to purchase a home but need to sell yours at the same time, you can take advantage of the Buy Before You Sell program, which removes all contingencies so you can buy and move into a new home before selling your current one.

To learn more about how a cash offer can make your offer the winning offer, you can learn more or sign up for a free consultation.

Tip #5: Set a budget and stick to it

As you know by now, there may be others that have their eye on the same house you do. Don’t let emotion dictate how much you should spend–before you even start your home search identify your max budget–this way you won’t end up offering more than your comfortable with in a multiple offer situation. 

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