Looking for a great home in Tysons Corner? To get the best deal you need to be in the strongest negotiating position. Many listings will stipulate that prequalification is required; this is a painless process and usually involves just answering a few questions over the phone. However, because this information has not been verified, the best move you can make is to be pre-approved. This will allow you to move quickly when you find that perfect house. To be pre-approved, all of your information will be verified and you will actually be approved for the mortgage loan. Shop around for a lender and start early; the process can take between a few days to a few weeks.
Sell your house first and then buy, because if your ability to buy a house is dependent upon selling your house first, you will not be in the best negotiating position. Selling your home could take months and most sellers wouldn’t want to be tied to a contingency agreement. If the seller does agree to wait, you may not be able to negotiate a better price. Shop around for your dream home first; in order to have an idea of the properties available, narrow your area, do your homework, and then put your property on the market. If that makes you too uncomfortable, there is another option. Include a clause within the contract that states the property will not be sold if you cannot find another home. Using this “subject to seller finding suitable housing” clause will give you some extra time, and if you don't find your dream home you won't be committed to selling your current property. Some homes are sold without ever having an ad in the paper or a sign on the lawn, all through working with a dedicated agent.
When you are looking for a home in Tysons Corner, Vienna or McLean, you will no doubt do some searching on your own, even if your agent is hunting for you. Remember the ads posted are written to attract buyers and represent the seller, so they use buzz words and stretch the truth a bit. The word cozy usually means very small, potential means fixer-upper, and needs TLC can mean money pit, so don't be taken in. Your agent can best determine if the home meets your needs and if there are any issues. Look at homes during different times of the day – and when you think you found the home of your dreams, drive by a few times to get a better sense of the neighborhood.
To learn more about the benefits of living in Tysons Corner, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/.
I am Jeff Wu and I can assist you with all of your real estate needs. Whether you are relocating to the futuristic city and growing business district of Tysons Corner, or if you already live here and are selling your house or purchasing your new dream home in Tysons Corner, McLean, or Vienna, please contact me at Agent Knows Homes.