I'm a first time buyer and only pre-qualified for 35,000. How do I increase my likelihood of securing a home?

Asked by Nate G., Oak Park, IL Sun Aug 24, 2008

quickly? Me and my agent has submitted 5 offers already, all to come back with higher bids or auctions or cash only's.
I have my EMD secured. ($1000). Small fees I can cover. Small repairs I can cover. For my price range there are about 16 Southfield homes available. (where I want to move) Any advice on speeding the process? By the way the past offers were in Oak Park and Warren, not Southfield. I just decided to add Southfield as an additional place I'd like to move. Also, for those home RealyTrac is listing, the foreclosure ones, can I intervene now and take advantage of those or do I have to wait for a listing?

Help the community by answering this question:

+ web reference
Web reference:


smith3gary, Agent, White Lake, MI
Mon Aug 25, 2008

I would agree with Tony. We are in a Lenders Market, in that mortgage approvals are decreased and qualifications have become very strict.

There are some possible steps you can take to increase your loan approval amount, but I doubt these might only help if your pre-qualification is below 28 percent of gross income. On the HUD website, look on the right hand column for Housing Counseling and Home Buying Programs.

RealtyTrac lists homes on their site from Notice of Default through Real Estate Owned (REO). The REO homes are foreclosures and have completed the 180 day redemption period to be owned by the bank. Your BUYER'S AGENT (the only one that can legally work for your benefit) can approach any of the homeowners with homes on Trulia (realtytrac is on Trulia). Because you will have agreed to compensate your agent, you need to make it clear that you want the home seller to pay their commission. The agent can then negotiate with the homeowner for commission protection.

A sample Buyer's Agency Agreement is available on the website below. This can be for one day, one house, a week or any time period you are comfortable. There will be a protection period to protect the agent from you purchasing the home from the homeseller.

If you have any questions, I suggest sitting down with your agent and discussing this further.
1 vote
Tony Grech, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Southfield, MI
Sun Aug 24, 2008
Congrats on your decision to become a homeowner. Unfortunately QUICKLY is not a word used often when dealing with bank owned properties. Even if you are paying cash these sometimes take awhile to go through the red tape. Contrary to what many people think, banks aren't just giving away homes these days.
If you need something soon you are better off buying a traditional seller-listed home as sometimes the process with bank owned properties takes weeks maybe even months. If you insist on a foreclosure then hopefully your realtor can advise you in the bidding process to give you the best shot of getting the home. Then you can deal with the timeframe it takes to close on the purchase.

Sounds like you've found out through experience that in today's market the seller and the home itself matters just as much if not more as the qualifications of the buyer. Good luck!
1 vote
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Home Buying in Southfield Zip Codes

Email me when…

Learn more