Hunting for a New Home? Don’t Wait Until Saturday!

House  hunting  has  become  a  contact  sport  over  the  past  year.  The  idealized  vision of  a  leisurely  Saturday  morning reviewing  open  houses  and plotting  the  day’s tours  over  lattes and  croissants is a  thing  of  the  past.  While  popping  into  the  local open  house  might be  fun for  the  casual  looker,  if  you are  serious  about  finding your  next  home,  this  climate  demands  strategy.  

First  and most  importantly,  know  exactly  what  you  need and want  in  a  new  home. Then share  this  vision in  detail  with  your  agent.  Identify  not  only  what  you  need in the  property,  but  which  communities  would  best  fit  your  lifestyle.  With lower inventory  from  which to  choose,  you  also  need to  be  clear  about  any compromises  you  are  willing  to  make—if  any.  

Once you know  what  you’re  looking  for,  the  next  step is  to  clear  some  time  during the  week  for  house hunting.  That’s  right,  mid-week.  

In fact,  for  those  searching  for  open  houses,  Thursdays  are  the  best  days  to  tour  a community.  Thursdays  have  always  been the  traditional  days  for  agent  open houses.  This is when  real  estate  professionals take  time  to  tour  new  listings,  but they  are  open  for  buyers  also.  This  can  allow  serious  buyers  to  view  and  write offers  on  new  listings  before  the  weekend  crowds.  

Strategy  is  critical  in  a  seller’s  market.  Serious  buyers  need  to  prioritize  their search  to  position  themselves  ahead  of  their  competition.  Being  available  to  see new listings  as  soon as  possible  is  one  way  to  ensure  you don’t  lose  out  on  an opportunity  to  write  an offer  on the  right  home.  

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