1. Get Pre-Approved

Being pre-approved is not just a good idea; a seller will not even consider your offer if you have not been preapproved. Don’t wait until you find the home you love to begin the process—by then it will be too late.


  1. Know What You Want

Time is critical when placing an offer in a tight market. While you sleep on your decision, other buyers will be making their move. Know what you want so you can act fast!


  1. Minimize Contingencies

The fewer conditions you add to your offer, the more appealing it will be to the seller. In a market as competitive as ours, the seller holds the cards.


  1. Be Flexible

Most buyers have a time frame in which they’re hoping to move—one that lines up neatly with the end of their current lease or home sale. Being flexible on your closing date to accommodate the sellers could give you a serious advantage.