There seems to be a lot of activity in the housing market right now. As well it should. We are seeing ridiculously low mortgage interest rates (floating just over and under 4% for 30 yr loans), housing prices are (finally) starting to creep upwards after years of decline, and the buyers that are ready to move out of rentals recognize this is a great time to purchase.
We are seeing low inventory levels, lower than what I consider 'desirable', which makes buyers do a lot of shopping. And a lot of the inventory is in a condition that doesn't suit itself to quick decisions on writing a purchase agreement. But buyers that miss a few opportunities figure out the winning game plan.
1. Get new listings reviewed quickly, first on screen, then as a drive-by.
2. Get into the ones you want to see as fast as possible.
3. Write a fair offer.
The last one is very subjective, but understanding that any home priced at 'market' value and in decent or good condition will receive multiple offers is important, too. In most cases, you will get a chance to come back with your 'highest and best' offer. Highest, as in price, and best, as in terms.
If you're mainly looking at short sales, you need patience as a Number 4 on the above list. Foreclosure homes sell quicker as a rule, but you may need to consider a rehab loan or doing a lot of work before moving in to the house, so it's not for everyone.
If you're thinking about buying a house in Brighton or selling a house in Howell, call me. I also work other areas, and I can always refer you to a good agent in other markets if necessary