During a slow market, buyers have the biggest advantages of all. That’s why now is a great time to buy Santa Cruz homes. You can haggle without feeling guilty because you have the upper hand. Then, as the market bounces back, you get the extra bonus of rising prices making your home worth more than it was when you bought it.
Even in this buyers’ market, you need to be a strong buyer. Otherwise, you could crumble when faced with negotiating prices or needed repairs.
Three ways to be a strong buyer of Santa Cruz homes:
• Walk in to any home for sale with a set idea of the value of property in the area. This means taking a little time to do your homework. When you know the prices of the area, you can't be run over by a forceful seller who is determined to convince you his price is firm. This knowledge also helps you deal with sellers who are emotionally attached to their homes and can't price them according to true market value.
• Walk into a home for sale with an experienced REALTOR®. When you have a professional REALTOR® by your side, you are not alone. You do not have to be self-conscious or even be the 'strong one.' Your agent will do all your negotiating for you. You will also benefit from their intimate knowledge of the area and what to look for in a Santa Cruz home.
• Walk into any home for sale knowing your needs and price range. Going home shopping without a clear concept of what you want and can afford can lead to emotional decisions. That can be hazardous for your pocketbook too.
If you would like more tips on how to be a strong buyer of Santa Cruz homes, give me a call today at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.