Keizer’s real estate market is more competitive than in years past and it’s now a bit akin to a footrace.
But it’s not just Keizer. Real estate is heating up throughout the Willamette Valley. For example, instead of the usual 8.9 month January backlog of homes, our regional housing supply has now been reduced by roughly 1/3.
As a result of what could be moving toward a ‘seller’s market,’ home buyers throughout Keizer and beyond are competing for fewer available homes. So if you’ll be buying a home anytime soon, make sure your offer is competitive. One way to do this is to hire a Realtor when both buying and selling. Curious about why this is important? Then read on.
How To Do It And Why
While most home buyers need to sell their current property in order to buy another home, to now be taken seriously by most home sellers, it’s crucial to have at least a pending sale on your current property before making an offer. As a result of this more competitive market environment, it can make a difference to have a Realtor represent you when both buying and selling. You’re about to see one example why.
To convince a home seller that your offer is the best, a key factor is transparency. That’s because if you’re buying a home, there are likely to be other buyers also interested in the same property. Put yourself in a seller’s shoes. Before taking their property off the market, most sellers want assurance that an offer is likely to actually ‘close.’ As a result, they expect a certain amount of credible information to determine the likelihood of success.
What Not To Do
Recently some ‘for sale by owner’ sellers were also purchasers. But they seriously hurt their odds to purchase the house they wanted by not hiring a Realtor to sell their property. Why? Since these buyers were selling ‘by owner,’ no reliable information on their unlisted property’s sale was available for the Realtor representing the seller of the house they wanted, to confirm their ‘pending sale’ status. Did they really have a ‘pending sale’ so they could proceed to purchase? Or was their ‘sale’ more of a handshake, riddled with contingencies? Without a Realtor involved in a buyers’ sale transaction, it can be difficult to verify much at all.
These ‘for sale by owner’ buyers did one thing right, as they hired a Realtor to represent them in making their offer. But due in part to their alleged ‘pending sale’ not being managed by a Realtor to confirm the home inspection, appraisal, and buyer’s financing had been dealt with properly, along with what could have been unknown contingencies in their sale transaction, the ‘for sale by owner’ buyers’ offer was rejected and other buyers got the house instead.
Put Your Best Foot Forward
Unlike those unsuccessful home buyers, you can put a good ending on your next transaction. The best solution when buying and selling a Keizer home? Be competitive and hire an expert Realtor. For a free consultation, contact our KeizerHomes.com sponsor, Certified Realty at 503-682-1083, or use the convenient form below.