Are you a buyer that is struggling to find a home in todays housing market? MUST READ

Lon Wright Realtor RE/Max Metro

4/11/2017

Buyers are having a hard time this year securing a house. There are a lot of homes being sold with multiple offer, there just is not enough inventory. If you are looking to be a buyer this spring/summer market you have to be prepared. My name is Lon Wright and Im a Realtor with RE/MAX Metro out of Minneapolis, MN. My team has helped many buyers over come this problem, but its not easy. The first thing a buyer has to do is be willing to listing to a real estate professional and be quick and decisive. Below I have out lined a few tips that has helped my buyers gain a competitive edge over the competition. When working with Lon Wright Realtormpls I will get the best possible buying experience, no doubt. Contact me for a free no cost or obligation consultation

1 – Don’t Start Looking Until You Are Fully Pre-Approved

Big mistake buyers can make is starting the process before you are ready. Its so competitive right now some houses are getting 5-10 offers. Make sure you are in a position to make an offer that is fully approved. A strong pre-approval letter will help you in a bidding war. Also you won’t waste your time going after houses you cant get or make offer on. It will only slow the process down and make you frustrated. The excitement of buying a house will slow down if you are not in the right financial position.

2 – Don’t Make Offers on Houses at the Top Of Your Budget

Buyers tend to get hung up on the listing price very quickly. Just because the listing price is $200,000 does not mean thats what house is worth or will sell for. Again this is a different market. If you are approved for a home loan for $200,000 don’t make offer’s on houses that are priced at $200,000, you will get out bid every time!! Make an offer on a house that is priced at $185-190. That way it will give you room to go up on your offer price if their is a bidding war. Now we can compete with other offers. Think about it if 5 other people want the same house you do, its going to sell for more then list price.

3 – Be Ultra Aggressive With the Buying Process

Don’t sit on the fence, get OFF the bleachers. If you truly want to buy a house this buying season you have to be aggressive. There is little time to debate a house and “Think About It”. Those days are done. If a house hits the market see right away, with in hours. Submit offer that day. I have my clients write a hand written letter of their family situation and provide picture of their kids. We make offers with wired numbers like $201,750. Standard practice is to ask seller to pay 3% of your losing costs, we ask for 2.75. We make the inspection contingency period as short as possible, if 10 days is standard we do 8 or 9 days. I always ask my clients if they have enough money to go Conventional financing over FHA. All of these factors hep separate your offer from multiple offer scenario. Make sure your real estate agent is just as aggressive and creative. I owe a lot of my success to relationships I have with other agents, being ultra aggressive negotiating, and being more creative with offer then any one else.

4 – Let the Small Things Go

I know that buying a home is a financial step weather its first time buying a house or getting dream home. Buyers have a tendency to let the small thing kill a deal. Some example I have personally dealt with in my clients. Have a room that fits a christmas tree perfect, don’t make decision on something you will have up for a month. Not the right paint color, paint is one of the easiest things you can change on a house. Light fixtures were ugly, again those can be swapped out in a day. Don’t like the color of the front door, really… Bedroom window doesn’t show sunset, this is your family home not vacation home. The list goes on and on. Point is a lot of things you see as negative can be fixed really easy, if you look past the small items, a lot times the house fits perfect.

5 – Don’t Let a Few Thousand Dollars Kill Your Deal

When buying a house for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a few thousand does not matter as much in the long run. Each thousand you finance cost between $4-6 dollars. If you are negotiating a purchase agreement and you are 5 thousand apart and as a buyer you are hung up on the numbers, we are talking about $25 on your payment. So for $25 are you willing to loose a house? I do my best to get every deal negotiated in my clients favor, but sometime you have to bite the bullet and accept the offer on the table!!

I really hope this article help you this buying season. It will be tough don’t get me wrong, but these tips will help a long way in getting your offer accepted over the competition. As always if you want a free consultation and game plan when buying or selling your home don’t hesitate to give me and my team a call.

Lon Wright
RE/MAX Metro
Realtor Minneapolis
www.Realtormpls.com
LonWright@remax.net
612-223-4689

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Not buying a home is the single biggest millennial mistake..

Self-made millionaire David Bach is doubling down on his faith in real estate.

He thinks that not prioritizing homeownership is “the single biggest mistake millennials are making.”

Buying a home is “an escalator to wealth,” he tells CNBC.
Young adults in particular aren’t hopping on this escalator, and it’s a costly mistake, Bach warns: “If millennials don’t buy a home, their chances of actually having any wealth in this country are little to none. The average homeowner to this day is 38 times wealthier than a renter.”

The self-made millionaire is quick to say that the smartest investments he’s ever made have been the three homes he’s purchased. He tells CNBC: “I first bought a home in San Francisco. It skyrocketed in price. I moved to New York and bought another home. It skyrocketed in price. My net worth has gone up millions and millions of dollars, simply because I’ve lived.”

Bach argues that you have to live somewhere for the rest of your life, so you might as well invest in a home that you could own permanently.

As he writes in “The Automatic Millionaire,” “As a renter, you can easily spend half a million dollars or more on rent over the years ($1,500 a month for 30 years comes to $540,000), and in the end wind up just where you started — owning nothing. Or you can buy a house and spend the same amount paying down a mortgage, and in the end wind up owning your own home free and clear!”

If you want to get in the game of homeownership, start by crunching the numbers, Bach says: “Actually do the math. Look and see what things costs, starting with the smallest options. This way, you’re really clear on your goals and you won’t just say to yourself, ‘I’ll never afford this.'”

A good rule of thumb is to make sure your total monthly housing payment doesn’t consume more than 30 percent of your take-home pay. He also recommends having a down payment of at least 10 percent, though more is always better. Finally, recognize that “oftentimes, buying your first home means you’re not buying your dream home,” Bach tells Realtormpls.com “You’re just getting into the market.”

A lucrative market, that is. “The fact is, you aren’t really in the game of building wealth until you own some real estate,” Bach writes.

Contact me today to start your home search!
Should Millenials Rent or Buy

For sale sign Lon Wright

Lon Wright
Realtor Re/Max Metro
Lonwright@remax.net
612-223-4689

The Housing Market

Whether you are buying or selling real estate, it is important to know the state of the housing market. This way, each side knows where the advantages lie. For sellers, the market is at its best when there are fewer homes up for grabs. Less competition makes for an easier time getting your property viewed by the right individuals. On the flip-side, buyers will find top deals when there is a saturation of listings. When sellers are competing for your business, you end up the winner!

The housing market can give us a list of relevant information, such as: the number of homes for sale, the average selling price for real estate in the area, and the amount of homes sold during a specific period of time. With this data, both buyers and sellers can formulate a strategy on when to make a move. Perhaps more homes are sold during the summer. Maybe the average cost is lowest at the beginning of the year. Whatever the housing market shows, it is important to take the information into consideration.

Real Estate

Real estate is one purchase that buyers will never regret. The investment always pays off, whether you use or sell it. While you can be sure that land will always be in demand, it will not always be available. That is why we suggest that real estate investors purchase now instead of later. If the supply and demand model of economics teaches us anything it’s that prices rise when supply goes down.

When purchasing real estate, it is important to assess your needs. For example: those that have the intentions of constructing a commercial building will want to select an area that is visible to their target audience. Success begins with the right location, so choose wisely. After all, you wouldn’t want to put luxury condominiums in a rural town.

Those that are in the market for real estate will want a real estate agent by their side. The agent is familiar with every aspect of the area. From the neighborhood’s demographics to its history, there are important factors to take into consideration when selecting real estate. Starting off on the right foot begins with going to those with the experience.

Buying a Home

Buying a home is both an exciting and scary venture. With the status of homeowner comes the costs of maintaining the property you are now tied to. If you are going to take on a lot of added responsibility it is your right to be selective when choosing a home. While your search may start out with enthusiasm, it can quickly grow tiresome as their are so many listings to browse.

Our question would be: why do all of the work when there is someone willing to help? The process goes a lot smoother with more that one set of eyes scouring the housing market for your perfect property. This is where our team truly shines, as we make it our duty to get our clients the keys to their ideal abode! Simply tell us what you are looking for and our superior team of agents will go to work searching through our database of available homes. From there, we will give you a list of residences that most accurately match your requirements. With a list that is narrowed down to a handful of properties, your decision will be much more manageable.

Selling a Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get the home in condition to present it to potential buyers. From there, taking proper pictures that display your residence in its best light is a must. These are the images that are going to grab the attention of those that are searching through the housing market. Unfortunately, even the best pictures don’t ensure that your property will be seen. After all, you are competing with your neighbors for the attention of a select few.

As with any competition, it is important to find an edge. This is where an experienced realtor can be your ace in the hole. With an extensive list of interested buyers, as well as the knowhow to market your listing to a greater audience, real estate agents make it their mission to get the most money for your property. When you have a team of skilled agents on your side, the competition gets left in the dust!