Buying a Home October 11, 2022

How You Know When to Make an Offer

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned pro, some telltale signs tell you when it’s the right time to make an offer on a house. The market is constantly shifting and changing, so staying current on the latest trends and data is essential. If you’re unsure of when to pull the trigger, we put some tips together to help you out.

We understand, house hunting can be overwhelming.

As realtors, we understand that you are preparing to make a substantial financial and emotional investment. As a future homeowner, you take great care to find a place that is “just right” for you and your family. You can even get a little addicted to touring houses, always convinced the perfect home is just about to hit the market. Sometimes the inability to pull the trigger on the house can cause serious shopper’s remorse. You could miss out on a home that, in retrospect, was ideal.

So how do you know a home is “the one”?

Here are some practical ways to check your buying temperature and know when it’s time to make an offer:

1. The home fundamentally meets your needs. There’s plenty of compromise in home hunting, so take note when you find one with the basics covered.

2. You would consider renovating for those luxurious little extras. Maybe the home is missing that pool you’ve always wanted or is missing a detached workshop/garage space. These factors help recognize the home’s potential when you think you would be up to tackling a project to make it perfect.

3. You’re in love with the kitchen. Studies show that most of our waking hours are connected to or using the kitchen. If you’re in love with the kitchen but think the master bedroom is a little small, consider where you would be spending most of your time. Careful not to pass on the home when it could be the one.

4.The bathroom feels comfortable to you. Many times, other people’s bathrooms will give you the creeps. If you feel good about the bathroom, it’s a healthy sign.

5. You start to see your possessions in the house. If you’re thinking, “ah yes, the flatscreen could go on that wall,” and “wow, my bed would fit perfectly in this suite,” then you’re starting to imagine the house as your own.

6. You picture where you are going to place your Christmas tree. Many professionals claim that when you visualize where your tree will be placed, you may be in the ‘right’ home.

7. You become possessive about the house and defend every flaw you see. Maybe your agent points out a flaw and says, “There is a stain in the kitchen sink,” and you become defensive to them for saying something so mean about this house. If you see the flaws and decide that defects do not matter, you’re falling in love.

8. The idea of someone else buying the home gives you a pit in your stomach. Pay attention if you’re “sleeping on the decision,” and the idea that a home is no longer an option makes you anxious. It could be time to offer.

If you’re considering making an offer on a house, there are several key factors to keep in mind.

1. Location: The location of the property is crucial. You’ll want to consider things like the surrounding neighborhood, public transportation, and schools in the area.

2. Size: The size of the property is another vital factor to consider. You’ll need to decide how much space you need and what kind of layout you’re looking for.

3. Condition: The property’s condition is also an important consideration. You’ll want to inspect the property thoroughly before making an offer to ensure no significant repairs are needed.

4. Price: Of course, the property’s price is crucial in deciding whether to make an offer. You’ll need to consider your budget and what you’re comfortable spending on a home.

5. Financing: Another vital factor to consider is financing. You’ll want to get pre-approved for a mortgage and compare interest rates before making an offer on a property.

6. Warranties and inspections: You’ll also want to ensure that warranties or inspections are in place before making an offer. These components can give you peace of mind knowing that the property is in good condition.

7. Title insurance: Another essential factor to consider is title insurance. Title insurance will protect you if there are any property title problems.

8. Homeowner’s Insurance: Another factor to consider is homeowner’s Insurance. Homeowner’s Insurance will protect your investment in case of any damage to the property.

9. Closing costs: You’ll also need to budget for closing costs, which can include things like loan origination fees, title insurance, and appraisal fees.

10. Timing: Finally, you’ll need to consider the timing of your offer. If your offer is accepted, you’ll want to ensure you’re prepared to move forward with the purchase quickly.

We Can Help!

So, what are the signs that it’s time to put an offer in on a house? Well, there is no definitive answer, as each situation is unique. However, if you have been watching a property for sale and feel ready to make an offer, give me a call. I would be happy to help you through the process from start to finish! (928) 916-1921