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There is nothing better than the excitement of buying a home. Better yet, the excitement of buying your first home when you are a first time home-buyer. Isn't it after all the "American Dream"? Everyone knows how the economy has been in the past couple of years and we are finally at a point where I believe that home buyer confidence is on the rise. Home prices are very good, interest rates are low and there is a plethora of inventory that is ready for people to step up and say "I'll take it".
Helping first time home-buyers is nothing short of exciting, full of ups and downs and everything in between. I do enjoy helping someone find the perfect home, walking them through the buying process and explaining the complex array of addendum's, contingencies and other terms that until now, were most likely not used very often in their vocabulary. Why would anyone need to know what and how earnest money is used.
When working with buyers today, it is inevitable that you will be showing some sort of REO, foreclosed property or short sale property. Here in-lies part of the problem when working with a first time home buyer who wants to write an offer on one of these properties. There are many emotions when the offer is written, decitions to be made as to how much to make the offer for, how much earnest money will it take to make it a good offer and so on. When the offer is presented, all is good when there is an actual homeowner on the other end to have the offer presented to, it may take possibly a couple of hours of talking and then, possibly a yes, counter offer or something else that we can work with. When there is not a homeowner on the other end all of this goes out the window. When the time comes to get an answer on a bank owned or short sale property, it can truly be a crap shoot as to when they will respond, at times, it seems like they only respond when we have make several phone calls and are blue in the face. I have heard almost every excuse as to why it takes so much time: we have so many files to look, we are understaffed, it is not assigned to anyone and we can't get to it until next Monday. Here is one small tip to these companies, I believe I have heard of quite a few people out of work and they could possibly hire a few of them to expedite these transactions and actually sell the properties to get them off the books.
There is nothing worse than an offer taking days, weeks and sometimes months to get an answer on an offer what was written by an actual living breathing person who wants to buy the house that the bank does not want to own. I am sure not every transaction is this bad but I keep running into these that are very drawn out. I see a fundamental problem with a bank that does not want to own property and a buyer who wants to buy it and why it should take so long to respond to an initial offer on a property. I do hope that sometime in the near future as we do more and more of these types of transactions, that a cleaner and faster way can be developed. It is very difficult for a first time home-buyer to go through this long drawn-out process and still feel good about wanting to buy a house. The lack of sleep, endless phone calls and the lack of communication from someone in a different state should really not be part of the "American Dream".
If you are a first time homebuyer, don't let me scare you off from buying a home. Just keep in mind, if you want to "find a deal", it may take you longer than you would expect to go from writting an offer to actually living in your new home. If your planning to use the new and much improved tax credit, don't wait too long. You must close prior to December 1st 2009.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.