Winning Strategies in a Bidding War

With mortgage rates being so low and the limited inventory of available houses on the market, bidding wars are starting to become more and more common. Obviously, if you have hopes of being successful in such a competitive market it is important to get pre-approved. In doing so you are able to take proactive steps, quickly and efficiently, when that perfect home becomes available.
Javier Vivas, Director of Economic Research at realtor.com, explains:
“COVID-19 has accelerated earlier trends, bringing even more buyers than the market can handle. In many markets, fierce competition, bidding wars, and multiple offer scenarios may be the common theme in the weeks to come.”Here are three things you can do to make your offer a competitive one when you are ready to make your move.

  1. Be Ready

A recent survey shows that only 52% of active homebuyers obtained a pre-approval letter before they began their home search. That means about half of active buyers missed out on this key part of the process.

Buyers who are pre-approved are definitely a step ahead when it is time to make an offer. Having a pre-approval letter indicating you are a qualified buyer shows sellers you are serious. It is often a deciding factor that can tip the scale in your direction if there is more than one offer on a home. It is best to contact a mortgage professional to start your pre-approval process early, so you are in the best position right from the start of your home search.

  1. Present Your Best Offer

In a highly competitive market, it is common for sellers to pick a date and time to review all offers on a house at one time. If this is the case, you may not have an opportunity to negotiate back and forth with the sellers. As a matter of fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) notes:

“Not only are properties selling quickly, but they are also getting more offers. On average, REALTORS® reported nearly three offers per sold property in July 2020.”

Make sure the offer you are presenting is the best one the sellers receive. A real estate professional can help you make sure your offer is a fair and highly competitive one.

  1. Act Fast

With existing homes going like hotcakes, there’s no time to waste in the process. NAR reports how the speed of home sales is ramping up:

“Properties typically remained on the market for 22 days in July, seasonally down from 24 days in June and from 29 days in July 2019. Sixty-eight percent of homes sold in July 2020 were on the market for less than a month.”

In addition, NAR notes:

Total existing-home salesjumped 24.7% from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million in July. The previous record monthly increase in sales was 20.7% in June of this year. Sales as a whole rose year-over-year, up 8.7% from a year ago (5.39 million in July 2019).”

As you can see, the market is gaining steam. For two consecutive months houses have sold very quickly. Essentially, you may not have time to sleep on it or shop around when you find a home you love. Chances are, someone else loves it too. If you take your time, it may not be available when you are ready to commit.

Let the Oly Pen Team Help You Compete

The housing market is very strong right now, and buyers are scooping up available homes faster than they are coming to market. If you are planning to purchase a home this year, contact Oly Pen Real Estate to discuss the trends in the Grays Harbor region, so you are ready to compete – and win.

 

Oly Pen Real Estate has a team of trusted real estate professionals to help you navigate changes in our industry. We have a watchful eye on Grays Harbor market so give your Oly Pen Real Estate Team a call today at 360.249.8187 or stop by our office 141 S. Main Street in friendly Montesano, WA and discuss your expectations today!

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