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Your Guide to Buying Strategically In A Tricky Real Estate Market

If you’re looking to buy a home in an especially tricky market, you’ll want to be strategic about it. Here are some things to keep in mind.
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Signing a house purchase contract between the buyer and the seller and delivering the house key.

Unfortunately, not everyone can plan the purchase of a home to line up with perfect market conditions. There are a number of reasons that the real estate market you’re shopping in may be tricky. From a hot “sellers” market to a market crash, you predict how things will be when you’re ready to take the plunge. So, if you’re prepared to buy despite a less-than-ideal market, you’ll want to be strategic about it. First and foremost, it’s essential to understand your market’s unique challenges to the best of your ability and ensure you’re keeping informed as things change. If you’re unfamiliar with real estate, it might be worthwhile to partner with a real estate agent or expert. If you’re ready to buy, here are some things to remember.

Don’t Shop at the Top of your Budget

Tricky real estate markets are usually quite volatile, meaning things change frequently and can be unpredictable. Therefore, you don’t want to be shopping at the top of your budget. If you fall in love with a home that’s a bit of a stretch financially, you don’t know what additional expenses might creep up and price you out of the sale altogether. Look in a more conservative range. You’ll have extra funds to protect you in the face of an unexpected expense, and you don’t have to worry about unforeseen circumstances making your purchase fall through at the last minute.

Don’t Let Yourself Get Discouraged

Hot markets can be pretty cutthroat, so you need to develop thick skin. There’s a good chance that you will have a few disappointments along the way, but you need to stick to your guns and keep your eyes on the prize, so you don’t miss out on the next incredible opportunity. Even more so, don’t let a bad experience in a tough market discourage you from real estate. Markets are constantly changing, and tough times are a good learning opportunity.

Keep Your Down Payment at the Ready

As we said, things move fast. You might go from hearing and seeing nothing in your price range for months to seeing the perfect place and needing to make an offer at the drop of a hat. You need to ensure you’re keeping your down payment liquid and accessible, so you don’t have to deal with red tape if something perfect falls into your lap.

Get Everything in Order

Similarly to your down payment, you want to make sure you’ve got a mortgage pre-approval, a recent credit check, and even some additional cash to offer you some flexibility. These things will make you stand out from the other buyers and help you act quickly when the opportunity strikes.

Know Your Non-Negotiables

While you need to be flexible and open to the various options, you’ll want to determine your needs and stick to them. If you do not want to live in another home without a garage or you need an additional bedroom, don’t compromise. If you know what your non-negotiables are, it will help you avoid acting on impulse and compromising on the things that matter most.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Take Over

Because things are moving fast and home hunting can be exhausting in a tricky market, it’s easy to let your emotions take over. While you might need to make decisions quickly, this doesn’t mean you can’t be logical and forward-looking. Give yourself a moment to breathe and ensure you make the right choices for yourself and your future throughout the process.

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