Whether you're getting ready to sell your home or you've been busy looking at Waco homes for sale, you know that today's real estate market is hot! The current inventory of homes is extremely low. Eager buyers are driving prices up and snatching up homes almost as soon as they're listed. In this environment, you must be able to move quickly and feel confident in your decision-making.
While working with a competent real estate agent is a good idea in all markets, today, it's more important than ever. Here are a few of the ways our real estate agents can help you navigate today's hot market.
- Find Listings Quickly
With houses flying off the market like hotcakes, it's important to be "in the know" when you're searching for your dream home. A good buyer's agent will keep an eye out for homes that match what you're looking for and alert you as soon as they're listed - if not before. Your agent can also schedule showings quickly. Buyers who wait for the weekend to view homes often miss out. Any time your agent finds a way to schedule a fast showing, you'll want to take advantage of this opportunity.
- Make a Great Offer
Today, home sellers are likely to get multiple offers that may result in a bidding war. This makes it even more important to make an initial offer that is appealing without overdoing it. You don't want to offer significantly more than the home is worth. However, if you come in too low, you'll likely lose out to a better offer. Your agent will be able to research the home's true value and work with you to craft a smart initial offer. This will help you stand out from the crowd and give you the best chance of success.
- Navigate a Bidding War
If you end up in a bidding war, you'll want an experienced agent by your side. Your buyer's agent can use local market data to help you decide just how high you should be willing to go. Your agent can also suggest other ways to sweeten the offer - such as delaying buyer possession or offering a higher earnest money deposit. Not only can a bidding war be extremely stressful, but it's also easy to become emotionally involved. Leaning on a professional during this time will help ensure you make decisions based on facts and research, rather than on emotion.
- Gathering "Inside" Information
Experienced real estate agents often know each other and have established a rapport. If you've hired a great buyer's agent, they should be able to contact the seller's agent for insight into how to make the best possible offer. They can also get more information through the multiple listings service (MLS). Having access to these important details can significantly improve your chances of being able to buy the home of your dreams.
If you're buying or selling a home in the Waco area, we're here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.