Buying Tips

The housing market has changed from a buyer’s market to a more level market with properties selling, leaving vendors feeling more confident they are going to sell their home without having to accept a low offer, due to buyer’s holding all the cards.

Enquiries from motivated purchasers have dramatically increased and this coupled with mortgage rates remaining historically low and lenders now willing to lend to those buyers with a good credit history and healthy deposit (we have even seen the return of some 95% mortgage products), sales are now on the up!

Over the last few months we have seen properties selling within hours and days of coming to the market, way before reaching the internet, bidding wars leading to many properties selling at the asking price and sometimes over and above the asking price, leading to many potential purchasers feeling disappointed that they either never had the chance to view the property or losing the property by either being too slow to react or not being in the position to move forward to offer on the property.

Before you start viewing property and end up being disappointed, please consider the following:

Make sure you are in a position to purchase the home of your dreams before viewing, ideally sell your current home or at least have it on the market, take formal mortgage advice gaining a mortgage in principle for the amount you can borrow allowing you to offer on the property with confidence.

Confirming your purchasing power will ensure you look at suitably priced properties saving both you and the vendor’s valuable time and emotion should you not be able to proceed.

In today’s market where there are increased numbers of purchasers those who can prove they are in the best position to buy are most likely to be contacted by the estate agent when a new instruction comes to the market.

If you are motivated to buy you need to be prepared to move quickly to avoid missing out, be prepared to view quickly, most good estate agents will phone out to prospective buyers immediately the property comes to the market so waiting for it to appear on the internet 48 to 72 hours could be a flawed tactic. Many properties never make it to the open market.

Ensure you have researched the areas you wish to live, the internet now provides a wonderful array of information available at your fingertips including schools, crime levels and local facilities.

Consider other costs you may incur so there are no nasty surprises round the corner, get solicitor quotes (choosing the right solicitor can be the difference between a smooth and potentially painful transaction, the cheapest solicitor doesn’t normally mean the best service), decide what type of survey you want, your building society will carry out the basic mortgage valuation and dependent on the age and condition of the property you are looking to purchase you might want to consider having a homebuyers report carried out for peace of mind.

Is there anything like notice periods for rental accommodation that will stop you being able to proceed to an exchange of contracts and legal completion as most transactions take between 6 and 10 weeks to complete.

Remember the home you viewed today and are thinking about offering on tomorrow could be the same home someone viewed yesterday and is thinking of offering on today! Don’t hesitate and miss out, if it is the home for you, go ahead and put in an offer!

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