Home Buying Tips for 2022

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We live in a seller's market here in Lake Havasu. And it looks like that will continue for a while. Even with mortgage rates on the rise (and expected to continue to climb for at least the rest of this year), buyers still need homes. If that is you, you might want to consider some of these home buying tips to help you successfully navigate the 2022 market in Lake Havasu City.

If you are in the market for a Lake Havasu property in 2022, keep these home buying tips in mind for a smooth, successful transaction, especially if you end up in a multiple-bidder situation. Liz Miller Lake Havasu Az

Home Buying Tips for 2022

Get a Pre-Approval Letter First

Click here to search Lake Havasu homes for saleI cannot stress this enough. If you only follow one of these home buying tips, make it this one. Get your pre-approval letter first. Before you look at Havasu homes for sale. Before you talk to a REALTOR®. Contact your lender and start the pre-approval process. You will need to submit a pre-approval letter with your offer. Otherwise, the seller may not even consider it. On the flip side, this approval letter also makes your offer sound even stronger to the seller.

Look at Properties Below Your Budget

Many buyers want a turnkey, move-in ready property. But that also means that they tend to end up in bidding wars. Some sellers even list their properties below market value to create a buyer frenzy. This drives the price up even higher. For example, a seller lists their property for $375,000 ($25,000 below market value). You submit an offer for full ask because that is your limit. They receive several offers. It ends up selling for $400,000. Look at properties $25,000 to $40,000 below your limit so that you have some wiggle room when submitting an offer.

Submit a Healthy Earnest Money Deposit

Besides your pre-approval letter, sellers look to the amount of earnest money you put down when considering your offer. So, the next one of my home buying tips I suggest you consider is submitting a healthy earnest money deposit. These deposits range anywhere from $1000 to as much as 3% of the sale price. Any amount used for earnest money goes directly towards your down payment when the sale goes through. More earnest money shows the seller how serious you are about the sale. Consequently, if the deal falls through without contingencies in place, the seller keeps the earnest money as compensation. For this reason, make sure you really want to make this Havasu home your own before you commit to a specific amount.

Offer an Escalation Clause

An escalation clause may give a buyer a leg up in a multiple bid situation. You submit an offer with the amount you wish to pay. But you also add a clause that says that you will pay an additional amount over the highest bid up to a certain point. For example, the list price is $400,000. The seller's agent says that they just received an offer above the list price. So, you submit your offer for $410,000 with an escalation clause that you will go $5000 over any other offers up to $425,000 (the maximum amount you are willing to pay). So, if the other offer received is also $410,000, you may end up paying $415,000 for the property. But it wins you the bid.

Offer a Lease-Back Option

Usually, a home seller becomes a home buyer. So, they may find themselves in a similar situation to you once they sell their property, ie, looking for another home to purchase. Thus, the next one of my home buying tips comes in handy to you, the buyer. Offer a lease-back option. With this option, the seller stays on the property and rents it back from you for a specified period of time while they look for another property. Typically, that runs 30 to 90 days. If you currently rent a property or are in no hurry to move in to your new place, this option might be just enough to make the seller choose your offer above any other.

Waive Contingencies

Finally, consider waiving contingencies whenever possible. The fewer the contingencies, the more attractive the offer looks to the seller. Not all contingencies should be waived, though. Some properties may not need a home inspection. With older properties, you might still want to include an inspection contingency. Even with a pre-approval letter, you might want to keep the financing contingency in place just in case. (A pre-approval is not a final approval.) If you need to sell your current property before you qualify for another home loan, you might want to consider putting it on the market now. This helps you avoid adding a home sale contingency. Talk to your REALTOR® to see which contingencies to keep and which ones you can/should waive.


Liz Miller Lake Havasu Az 3722 Winifred Way Lake Havasu City Az

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Originally posted on my Lake Havasu area real estate blog here: https://havasuareahomes.com/home-buying-tips-for-2022/.

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Comments (7)

John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Liz, these are very valuable list of home buying tips for 2022.

Mar 23, 2022 02:39 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
http://www.medicalandspaconsulting.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

I always likes lease back options because they are attractive to buyers yet seldom exercised

Mar 23, 2022 07:30 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Lots of great recommendations.  It is hard to believe that we are in this situation.  I am ready for a little more balanced market.

Mar 23, 2022 09:52 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great advice for any buyer who is involved in this highly competitive Seller's Market.  We are experiencing the same thing here in SE Wisconsin.  Every buyer needs to seriuosly consider these options and what works best for them. 

Mar 24, 2022 09:32 AM
Sam Kader MLO 130505 MB 78982
Pacific Coast Financial LLC Lic# MB78982 - Seattle, WA
Real Estate NMLS 91980 Mortgage Broker Lic MB78982

Thanks for sharing Liz.  Here in Seattle - the highest offer wins the race (even with financing contingency). 

Mar 24, 2022 02:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very smart advice!  Escalation clauses can be effective by providing written notice to a seller's agent that your buyer is very serious!  Great post!

Mar 24, 2022 02:36 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Mar 25, 2022 02:19 AM