Albuquerque Real Estate Market Presents Great Opportunities for Buyers and Sellers



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Each year, throughout the year we visit various conventions and events where we are given the opportunity to meet with our peers from others markets throughout the country. We compare notes, share what works for each of us, learn how to provide the best client experiences and we continuously improve as a result of these events.

Much of the US Market Experiencing Inventory Shortages
With these conventions also comes an in-depth look into how other real estate markets are performing and the insight greatly helps many of us to project what we can expect moving forward. Right now, the local Albuquerque real estate market is lagging about a year behind many other pockets throughout the US.  Low inventory and housing shortages have got buyers pulling out all stops to get the homes of their choice.

Interest Rates Continue to Hover at Low Rates; Home Prices Reasonable
But even then, low interest rates and reasonable home prices offer good opportunities for buyers with the added bonus of a fairly good selection of homes to choose from. Sellers on the other hand are able to get top dollar on their homes when priced right, in good condition and in great locations.

More Buyer Demand Expected Moving Forward
As we look ahead, the Albuquerque market can expect to follow in the footsteps of its neighbors and other areas in the country that are experiencing shortages of inventory, resulting in multiple offers, bidding wars and achieving at or above selling price. We will continue to see increased demand as buyers are eager to lock in the low interest rates that still hover at all time lows.

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If you’ve been on the fence about buying, selling or investing in a property – now is a great time to jump off and consider taking it on. And when you do make the decision to take the plunge – we’ll be right here to assist you with your real estate goals. Contact us today!

Six Ways Buyers Can Turn Up the Heat and Make an Offer Sellers Can’t Resist



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When you’re in the midst of a seller’s market there really is very little you can do but just watch the market, find the right home and jump on it! Because if you don’t, there’s a good chance someone else will beat you to it. But if you are making an offer, there are some ways you can make it one the sellers can’t refuse. Here are six key strategies to use as a buyer making an offer on a home in a very competitive seller’s market.

Prove Your Ability to Pay
Gone are the days when you could present an offer on a home with the expectation that you would apply for a loan after it’s accepted. Even when we’re not in the midst of a seller’s market, sellers today expect to see proof of your financing or funds. They want to know that your offer is a viable one and having a preapproval from a lender gives them the peace of mind needed to proceed. Unlike being prequalified, preapprovals entail a credit pull and a look at your financial position, including things like debt-to-income ration, job history and more.

Make It Reasonable
As you may already know, an earnest deposit accompanies an offer. So as you decide the amount to put toward your earnest money deposit, be sure to be reasonable. Typically 1% of the purchase price, you can go up or down depending on your interest but generally, you should stay at or above 1%.

Don’t Lowball the Offer
There was a time when buyers could get away with making lowball offers but those days are long gone. Contrary to popular belief, making a reasonable offer will increase your chances for stronger negotiations. A higher offer is the better offer because you won’t offend the seller.

Go Easy on the Contingencies

When buying a home there can be a lot of contingencies in place ranging from waiting for the sale of another home, to inspection results to mortgage contingencies as well. Some are unavoidable but whenever possible if you can reduce the length of time for some of these processes or better yet, eliminate the contingency altogether – the seller will be more inclined to accept your offer.

Keep It Simple
Rather than bog down your offer with complex language that is hard to read and complicated to understand, make it as simple as possible. There is no need for legalese and if you can, put things in bullet point form to really make it easy for the seller. Less is more but be sure not to leave out anything important.

Make It Personal
Sometimes multiple offers will come in and they are all very close to one another in price, terms and contingencies. Believe it or not, these are the opportunities for buyers to turn on the charm – literally. Write a personal letter explaining what you love about the house. Introduce yourself to the seller and do it in a handwritten note or card that will be memorable to them when they are considering all offers.
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Keep in mind, no two offers are the same and no two situations are the same – so you will benefit from having a strong Realtor® by your side, working in your best interests. Contact us today so we can work to getting you the home of your dreams!