1. Competitive in price (have your agent try to get at least a ballpark as to where other offers may have come in at. But make sure you don't grossly overpay. Frankly, paying $5000 over the current market value is not a big deal if you get the house you want.
2. Allow seller to select ALL services (title, escrow, etc).
3. Get full underwriting pre-approval with the actual investor/bank you or your mortgage broker has submitted to. This means having your credit pulled, income and assets all verified.
4. Provide proof of the funds need for the down payment and closing costs. Also, the higher the down payment the better. But if you are FHA, showing proof of funds helps.
Have your agent follow up at least once a week on any offers you have on short sales and possibly more often on foreclosures. If you can come up in price from your original offer, I would have your agent mention to the listing agent that its possible (not that you will... but that its possible) for you to do so and you would like that opportunity if need be.
Good luck.... and hang in there. Its a frustrating market for buyers. BUT, pricing is greatly improved!!
Residential Sales and Appraisals
This is happening quite a bit. Are you underbidding on the properties? It is very competitive right now and you have to put in a good, solid offer to get it accepted. Don't give up! Keep looking.
If you are looking at a lower priced property, they are being snatched up by investors and that is making it very hard for first time homebuyers that want FHA loans.
All my best,
Century 21 My Real Estate Co
The real estate market right now is extremely volatile. Without knowing what type of properties you are submitting offers on and what type of offers you are submitting, it is hard to say why you have not had any offers accepted.
I would guess that the majority of homes you are placing offers on are short sale/REO type and those take time depending on the individual property. A good agent will follow up every few days with the listing agent to see where things are at with the offer and the property.
The only other piece of advice i can offer is that if you really like a property, submit the best offer you can. If you can submit an offer of full asking price, then do it. If you can get away with not asking for any additional concessions from the bank, even better.
Good luck to you!
If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me!
Axiom Real Estate