Birmingham Home Buyers Should Make Competitive Offers

Step Up to the Plate When Buying a Birmingham Alabama HomeThe days of buying a Birmingham, Alabama home at 70% of it’s value has long passed.  As a savvy home buyer you need to know that if they’ve set your sights on the home of your dreams, you’dbetter be prepared to make a competitively strong offer.   Many sellers are totally ignoring low-ball offers on a home and home buyers are not even yielding even a courtesy response from Metropolitan Birmingham home sellers.

So what constitutes a competitively strong offer?  That’s an excellent question and here are some answers and other considerations for you if you’re in the market to buy a home:

    1. List Price/Market Value:  If the home is property priced at true market value, then a strong offer would be anywhere from 97% to 103% of the list price (if it is truly listed at market value)

  • List Price/Market Value:  If the home is property priced at true market value, then a strong offer would be anywhere from 97% to 103% of the list price (if it is truly listed at market value)
  • Is the home in a highly sought after area?  If so, you know you’re going to have a lot of competition particularly if homes don’t come on the market that often in that area.
  • Pre-approval: Have you been pre-approved for a loan?  Morevever, have you been pre-approved by a reputable lender?  Being pre-qualified by a well known, direct lender can go a long way when making an offer on a home so don’t take chances when selecting a lender.
  • Other Considerations:  Strong offers sometimes are about more than just price.

  • For example, if the sellers have already purchased another home, a quick closing may be considered a strong offer
  • Earnest money:  An offer with the promise of additional earnest money my given sellers cause of pause to consider your offer more favorable
  • Down payment:  If your down payment is considerably higher than the lender required down payment (i.e. 3.5%   as required by FHA), the sellers may consider you a more serious and prepared buyer versus your competition

If you’re planning to purchase a home, my most encouraging words to you would have to be “come strong or stay where you are.”  Serious sellers want to sell to serious buyers who make serious offers.

Are you ready to buy a home in Metropolitan Birmingham, AL?  If yes, then start your search here or call me directly at (205) 527-1112.

  1. 4 beds, 2 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,850 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
    Year built: 1961
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3,322
    Walk Score®: 71
  2. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 671 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,503 sqft
    Year built: 1957
    Parking spots: 1
    Days on market: 3,324
    Walk Score®: 66
  3. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 three-quarter baths
    Home size: 1,128 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,900 sqft
    Year built: 1949
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3,329
    Walk Score®: 68
  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,064 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,850 sqft
    Year built: 1905
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3,336
    Walk Score®: 77
  5. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,146 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,685 sqft
    Year built: 1939
    Days on market: 3,338
    Walk Score®: 66
  6. 3 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,338 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,496 sqft
    Year built: 1906
    Days on market: 3,341
    Walk Score®: 82
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,200 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,900 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 3,342
    Walk Score®: 57
  8. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,179 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,700 sqft
    Year built: 1966
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3,344
    Walk Score®: 35
  9. 3 beds, 4 full, 1 quarter baths
    Home size: 3,971 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,994 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 3,344
    Walk Score®: 6
  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,745 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3,351
    Walk Score®: 0

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(all data current as of 1/22/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Birmingham-Hoover Metro Area Rental and Real Estate

I, Charita Cadenhead, am a trusted and competent Realtor®.  Bham WIiRE Realty is a small fish in a big pond, but we can swim with the best of them.  By continually sharpening my skills and remaining dedicated to my craft, you can trust and believe that every client, without exception, gets the very best service that I have to offer (before, during and after the sale).  And that, without compromise, is Bham WIiRE Realty’s promise to you.

Whether you’re looking to buy real estate your sell your existing property, call or send me and email today, so we can discuss how I can best serve your Birmingham-Hoover Metro area real estate needs!

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Charita H. Cadenhead
Bham WIiRE Realty, LLC
(205) 321-1200 – Office
(205) 527-1112 – Direct
(888) 371-8221- Fax

 

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