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Leisure World of Maryland - Before You Make an Offer, Here Are 4 Tips!

Leisure World of Maryland - Before You Make an Offer,
Here Are 4 Tips!

before you buy tips for making an offer

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house in Leisure World MD to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!


Here are the 4 tips Freddie Mac covered in their Executive Perspective along with some additional information for your consideration when making an offer:


1. Understand How Much You Can Afford

“While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.”


This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ should really take place before you start your home search process.


Getting pre-approved is one of many steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. You will also need to know if you are prepared to make any repairs that may need to be made to the house (ex: new roof, new furnace).


2. Act Fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.”


The inventory of homes listed for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes.


Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as soon as possible.

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3. Make a Solid Offer

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be: 

“Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.”


Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways that you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market!


4. Be Prepared to Negotiate

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared." The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford.


Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”


If your offer is approved, Freddie Mac urges you to “always get an independent home inspection, so you know the true condition of the home.” If the inspector uncovers undisclosed problems or issues, you can discuss any repairs that may need to be made with the seller or cancel the contract.


Bottom Line

Whether buying your first home or downsizing, working with an experienced realtor who is knowledgeable about the community where you are making an offer is your best bet to make sure the process goes smoothly. Let me help you make your dreams of homeownership in Leisure World of Maryland a reality!


Call Barbara Michaluk, Realtor and Authorized Leisure World Specialist 240-506-2434 or click below to search for homes for sale in Leisure World of Maryland 

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Barbara Michaluk, Realtor

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Authorized Leisure World Specialist / Senior Real Estate Specialist /
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Weichert Realtors / 3816 International Dr / Silver Spring, MD 20906

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Comment balloon 0 commentsBarbara Michaluk • October 24 2018 04:08PM