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Apr 22

These are some basic tips to help buyers remain competitive in today's market.


This kind of competitive market is exhausting for home buyers. The process of waiting to win an auction on homes requires patience. I have owned and operated a real estate brokerage in O'Fallon IL for many years. I've heard many stories from agents on the impact of the market on their clients. I've reviewed hundreds contracts for sales, and I am familiar with the most popular strategies used by Realtors to convince buyers to accept offers.  Come and learn more on our website:


Today I'll share some simple strategies to make it easier for buyers to compete on the market today:


1. Pre-approve. In the current market there is no time to find the house that you've always wanted, only to visit the bank. You'll need to be pre-approved to show the seller that you're serious and can afford the home. Meet with your local loan lender to determine what monthly payments you're at ease with.


Listing agents receive offers from buyers and then verify the lender's information and pre-approval letters. If the agent who is listing is a prolific producer, they will know many local lenders. Certain lenders are notorious for their sabotage of deals. The listing agent might share information about you if you use one of these lenders with sellers.


If you're working with an experienced real estate agent, seek their advice on the best lenders to choose to have your offer accepted. This is particularly important in cities that are smaller. Realtors tend to see each other more frequently in smaller cities. The experience of your mortgage broker and Realtor's experience and reputation can have an enormous impact on your contract's effectiveness.


2. Make sure you're prepared. Your Realtor will be able to collect your initial money and present proof that you've turned that in so the seller knows that you're in control. You could also find out the seller's ideal closing date or inquire about other aspects which can make your offer more attractive for them.


Each seller could have different reasons to sell. A seller could be selling their primary residence via a relocation company or selling an investment property. Both of them are likely to have different phrases that appeal to them.

When buying a home in an extremely competitive selling market, it's wise to have your Realtor contact the listing agent before submitting an offer. The agent could ask the seller's agent what their client is seeking in an agreement. This will enable you to customize your offer to be the most suitable for the seller's needs. This approach will put your offer in the top spot on the list each time.



3. Find a trustworthy realtor. I make sure my clients are as prepared as possible in the event of a meeting. Apart from looking at online listings, we also look into off-market properties to aid our clients. This gives our clients an advantage in competition.


4. Prepare to offer an escalation clause. An escalation provision, which is a clause buyers add to a contract, says that they will increase their offer over the lowest cost of sale. The buyer's contract price is automatically escalated without the need to submit an entire contract or amend an existing contract. This clause generally has the maximum amount of escallation. When bidding wars take place, this technique will keep your bid on top of the list.


Here's an example.

  • - Homebuyer A has offered $500,000 on a home valued at $490,000, with an escalation clause to increase the amount by $3,000 higher than the highest bid.

  • The house receives 30 offer contracts, and the highest bid comes from Buyer B at $550,0000.

  • -As a result, the price for contract sales by buyer A is automatically raised to $553,000.

This method is one of the most commonly used strategies to outbid the competition in a highly competitive market.

You should only use an escalation clause when you are able to increase your offer beyond the amount listed. A escalation clause instantly puts your offer at the highest. They can be used by the listing agent to demand that you pay more than the contract price.

A clause that allows for escalation permits the seller's agent to solicit other buyers by requesting for them to be provided with an agreement to escalate. When they've reached their maximum price, you will have to pay a fixed dollar amount.

Escalation clauses gained popularity in the year 2018 and have since become the norm in a number of real estate areas that are in low to average price ranges. If they're not structured properly they could be difficult to understand. Before you use this aggressive strategy, make sure your Realtor is aware of the concept.  If you are interested in homes for sale in Edwardsville IL be sure to come and check out our broker's page!

Things to Keep in Mind


When you're a prospective home buyer in a highly competitive marketplace it is vital to stay flexible to satisfy any special requirements that the seller might have. Every seller has different requirements. If you're able to move fast and meet the demands of buyers, you will outdo other buyers.

You might need to think of a different approach if you are looking to sell your home prior to purchasing a new one. Sellers with multiple offers for their property won't accept any contracts that are contingent on the sale of a second house. Sellers are looking to avoid as many delays and contingencies as is possible. We can help you swiftly locate buyers in this highly competitive market.


To give yourself more flexibility to make your life more flexible, you might consider selling your house and letting the property on AirBnB (or temporary rental) to let it. Although this is risky because there is not much inventory, it could give you the edge that you need to convince that the seller to sign your contract. You might have more money in order to get a sale to move faster.


Certain companies are willing to purchase your home after finding another home, but they charge for this. As the demand for houses is increasing each year, lending institutions and realtors are becoming innovative. Make sure you research the local companies who offer services for buying an additional home prior to selling your property.


Do not hesitate to contact me via email, phone or mail if you are looking to buy or sell. I look forward to hearing from you.


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