Keeping your sanity when competing against other buyers

How to Survive a House Bidding War

So you have found the home of your dreams, it has all the features you want, and it is in the right neighbourhood. Even the price is right, but suddenly you find yourself in a bidding war with one or more people who also think this is the perfect home. This can be a stressful and sometimes even heartbreaking experience, but what knowledge should you arm yourself with before entering a bidding war with other potential buyers? Here are a few important tips to remember in order to get the house of your dreams without breaking the budget.

Don't Blame the Agent

If you've ever been in the situation of losing your dream home to a higher bidder, you'll understand that not blaming the agent is very hard. It's important to note that the role of the real estate agent, our sole reason for being, is to get the highest price for the property on behalf of the seller. If the agent has marketed a property well and attracted multiple buyers then the agent has done his or her job well. A good agent is there to help you put forward your best offer for the property. If you offer the highest price (or the most favourable conditions) then chances are you will be the new owner. If you are outbid, don't be too disappointed, this happens to most home buyers at some stage. Rest assured there are always more houses coming onto the market and there will be another property you will fall in love with.

Know Your Budget

Having a good idea of what you can afford and knowing your target price can really prevent you from making a bid that you may ultimately not be able to honour. The best way to do this is to get pre-approved for a mortgage before you begin house hunting. That way you will be certain of what you can afford, and if you do find that perfect house you will be able to move quickly to make the purchase.

Know It's Value

While the home for which you are involved in a bidding war may be the house of your dreams, paying considerably more for it than it is worth is never a wise choice. To avoid getting yourself into this situation, do your homework before making an offer. Look at the value of similar homes in the area, and contact a real estate agent or expert to determine the fair value.

Know What You Are Paying For

Getting the results of a home inspection, determining what features actually come with the house, and knowing how much you will have to spend to get it in liveable condition will give you a clearer picture of what you are paying for, what comes with the house, and what your budget can hold.

Bid Smart

The fears in any bidding war are that your bid will not be the highest, or that the bidding will keep raising the price higher and higher. To prevent this from happening your best approach in any bidding war is to bid right the first time. If you are prepared to bid, making your best offer first time around will prevent your bid from being rejected due to another higher offer. Bidding odd amounts can sometimes make the difference between your bid or another being the highest. In general, being caught in a bidding war for a home you really want is always a stressful situation, but armed with these few tips you can end up with the house you want at the price you are prepared to pay.

troy white: maitland real estate agent
Troy White
Principal & Licensed Real Estate Agent