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Home Buying Advice

How to Win a Bidding War

You've found the home of your dreams; unfortunately, there are two other buyers who feel the same way! In the strong seller's market which we are experiencing today, competition among buyers for the relatively small number of available homes means that bidding wars can become the norm rather than the exception. When you find yourself locked in this financial battle, what should you do? Keep reading to get a game plan together and win this war!

Don't Disregard a House Based on Cosmetic Faults

​Are you searching for a new place to call home? It might sound obvious, but in considering listings you should always remember to focus on things that you can't change (at least not easily), such as the location, price, size, and serious repairs. Although items like these correctly fall into the category of "potential deal breakers", it's also unfortunately common for buyers to get hung up on easily-fixable, cosmetic issues. You might think you're immune to this, but things like unpleasant colors or outdated fixtures can be hard to ignore since they are integral to your subconscious impression of the house. Luckily, as a reader of this blog, you know better than to dive into real estate unprepared! Here are some of the minor issues that are most difficult for buyers to overlook, along with a reality check about their actual importance.

Be In The Know About Buying A New Construction Home

Whether you're buying a new spec home, a semi-custom new home in a housing development, or designing and building a custom home, there are some things you need to know about buying a newly-constructed home in order to avoid mishaps and disappointments.

To begin with, remember that preparation is key; you need to determine your budget and secure financing before you even begin house hunting. Get pre-approved by a bank or mortgage lender and decide how much money you want to invest in a new home. When deciding on a budget, be sure to not overlook the extra costs like property taxes, insurance, furniture, window treatments, landscaping, and maintenance. With a new home, there are often more costs after you purchase than when you buy an existing home that may have mature landscaping, window coverings, and other items in the home that you will need.

If you're considering buying a newly-constructed home, this post is filled with great advice that can help guide you through the process!