You found a home your family loves. But, you’re not the only one who wants it. What’s the best way to make an offer on a house that other buyers are vying for as well? Here are some ways to put your best foot forward:
Start with your best offer. Now isn’t the time to start with a lowball offer and wait for the seller to make a counteroffer before you offer more. If you have competition, you’ll want to consider making your best offer right off the bat. That said, don’t let a multiple offer situation push you into offering more than you’re comfortable paying.
Make sure you’re pre-approved. Make sure you’re pre-approved for a home loan before you start your home search, not just prequalified. Attach your pre-approval letter to your offer.
Don’t skimp on earnest money. An adequate earnest money deposit is a sign that you’re serious about buying the home.
Don’t waive the home inspection. In multiple offer situations, it’s easy to get caught up in the competition and do whatever it takes to win. To stand out, some buyers will even elect to remove the contingency of a professional home inspection. Home inspections are an essential part of the home buying process and can help you spot costly problems.
Relax. There are so many parts of a multiple offer situation you have no control over, so try not to let the stress get to you.