The housing market is starting to even out in some areas of New Jersey. We are starting to see less inventory on the market which means buyers will start to compete when making an offer on a home. For the seller, that is great news! For the buyer, you have to make sure you are prepared to go into a multiple offer bidding war. It is best to talk to your real estate agent, but here are a few tips for you…
1. Make your offer attractive
You don’t know what the other buyers are offering, if they have any contingencies, if they are paying cash, or if they are asking for closing costs. Try to make your offer as attractive as possible without breaking the bank or leaving yourself without room for inspections or ample time for closing. This could simply mean offering more and asking for less. Your real estate agent can advise you on this.
2. Get pre-approved, not just pre-qualified
This is a must when purchasing any home. Even if it is not a bidding war, having a pre-approval letter is something the seller will ask for before accepting any offer. With mortgage underwriters cracking down on loans these days, it is very important to get pre-approved.
Typically when it comes to a multiple offer situation, the listing agent will let each buyer know they need to bring their highest and best offer to the table. Keep in mind this might mean something different for each buyer. Do not over stretch yourself financially just to win a bidding war. Make on offer based on your highest and best purchase price. Highest and best also includes the bottom line. The listing agent will plug in the amount of your offer along with any closing costs or things you are asking for within the contract to show the seller what they will net at closing. Whichever offer presents the highest and best under the most favorable terms typically wins.
It is not uncommon to see a multiple offer situation. It just depends on the house, the ral estate market, and the demand. Talk to your real estate agent about competing in a multiple offer bidding war. Remember, do not over stretch yourself just to win the war. Make sure it makes sense for you and your situation.