6 Steps to Making the Right Bid

Jun 8
11:17
AM
Category | Blog

Congratulations! You've finally found the house you're looking for and you're ready to make a bid. Here comes the tricky part: how much should you bid? Sometimes the bidding process can be a complicated tightrope to traverse. Multiple offer situations, or cases in which more than one competing offer is placed on a home, can be challenging for a homebuyer, especially one new to the process. To guide you along the way, here are steps to make the right bid and land your dream house.

While a listing agent can offer advice and suggestions, all decisions about how offers will be presented—and dealt with—are made by the seller. Your agent likely has other buyer clients, some of whom may be interested in the same properties as you are, so ask how offers and counter-offers will be presented and negotiated.

Looking into comparable sales is also a great idea to judge what you should bid. Check out how much houses in the area are going for and go back as far as six months. Find houses that are very similar to the one you intend to purchase. How much did these listings sell for and how much over or under was the sale price? All of these factors can help you assess your own bid.

Talk to the neighbors about noise levels, crime rates, schools and construction in the area. They ...


According to a recent analysis by Zillow, the best time for buyers isn’t spring, but summer—the end of summer, that is. Why? There’s more supply as the season winds down, specifically in August, and sellers who weren’t so lucky earlier on become anxious to unload, cutting prices before the weather changes and the school year starts.

It’s a seller’s market out there, and for homebuyers, the struggle this spring is real: few affordable options, and price growth that just won’t quit.

For the month of April across the state of New Jersey the following sales were reported:

  • Single Family Closed Sales were up 8.0 percent to 5,917.
  • Townhouse-Condo Closed Sales were down 0.1 percent to 1,819.
  • Adult Communities Closed Sales were up 7.9 percent to 549

Residential single family homes saw a 10% decrease in their average days on market before sale. Although inventory is still being stretched thin in many areas, relatively low mortgage rates coupled with higher wages have built a relatively sturdy housing marketplace. It is important for prospective buyers to remember that The Fed raised rates in March, and at the time telegraphed a plan to lift them two more times this year. Buying before the fall could mean ...


Millennials are buying homes, steering builders toward lower price points

First-time buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines, promising to kick a housing market already flush with luxury sales into higher gear.

Tracking home sales to a particular age group is hard, but a series of data points form a mosaic of a generation of young people ready to buy: The number of new-owner households was double the number of new-renter households in the first quarter of this year, the share of first-time buyers is creeping back toward the historical average, and mortgages for first-timers are on the rise.

“They’re crawling out of their parents’ basements, they’re forming households and they’re looking to buy,” said Doug Bauer, chief executive of home builder Tri Pointe Group Inc., which operates in eight states.

In a shift, new households are overwhelmingly choosing to buy rather than rent. Some 854,000 new-owner households were formed during the first three months of the year, more than double the 365,000 new-renter households formed during the period, according to Census Bureau data. It was the first time in a decade there were more new buyers than renters, according to an analysis by home-tracker Trulia.

Home builders are beginning to shift their focus away from ...


What to Check Before Buying a New Home

Apr 19
7:13
PM
Category | Blog

Buying a new house is an exciting process that marks a new chapter in life. For many people, it's fun to shop around and tour different properties. When you're serious about purchasing a home, there are a few important parts of the property to check before you move in.
 
The Neighborhood
You should feel comfortable with the quality of the neighborhood, which will influence the value of your home. Look at the condition of the other homes and check to see if people are loitering at different times of the day. The house should also be in proximity to your job, or nearby schools if you have children. Some individuals who don't have a family may want to purchase a home in a good school district due to the impact that it'll have on the value of the property.
 
Storage Space
The storage space that is available in the home influences how much clutter will be left out in the open. Look for plenty of storage space that is available in the bedroom closets or in the kitchen to ensure that you can comfortably fit everything that you own without feeling cramped.
 
Plumbing System
Run the faucets to inspect the water pressure and ask the owners if the pipes are insulated. Hire professionals to check if the radiators are working and if the hot ...


Buying a home is a big step, whether it's your first home or a retirement home. The location and size of your home can have an impact on your quality of life. There are several steps you can take to find the home that's best for you.
 
Assess Your Situation
Lists are an excellent assessment tool. Before you begin your house hunt, list the features that you desire. This list should include the logical aspects such as proximity to your job and the quality of schools in the area if that applies to your situation. Go ahead and list your desires. While you may not find a house that meets everything on your wish list, you should be able to find one that checks off the high priority items.
 
Location Is a Priority
It's imperative that you concentrate your home search to a location that you can consider ideal. You can make changes to the interior and exterior of a house but the location is something you can't change. It's often a good idea to seek assistance from real estate professionals when evaluating how specific locations complement your lifestyle. Experts in the field can guide you to areas that are compatible with your budget, and your immediate and possibly future needs.
 
What Do You Enjoy
Buying a home that supports your personality can increase your quality of life. If you're a social person, a condo in the city with amenities such as a pool, tennis court, or exercise ...


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