It’s easy to think that because we’re in a buyers market, buyers can call all the shots: Wait weeks before deciding whether to make an offer on a particular house, find grateful acceptance of lowball offers or scoop up homes for 50% of the asking price.
Your worst real-estate enemy? You
Good luck with that. Clinging to those and other popular myths may keep you from getting the house you want.
I’m always amused to see how unrealistic some of the would-be buyers are on the TV house-hunting shows. But when I was 25, I knew everything, too — even if I didn’t realize my life would never be complete without granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances.
Syndicated columnist Lew Sichelman had a column in last weekend’s Los Angeles Times about some of the real-estate myths that can keep buyers from getting the homes they want.
“… many people believe they can make any bid they want, no matter how ridiculous, because it’s a buyers market. False,” he wrote. “Even foreclosures and short sales are never priced at half their value ‘or anything even close to that type of fire-sale discount,’ says Christina Rordam of Exit Real Estate Results in Longwood, Fla.”
Is the buyers market a mirage?
No one can predict how a particular seller will respond to an offer, whether the seller is an individual or a bank. If the seller doesn’t like you, you run the risk that he will refuse to deal with you.
Here are some other myths that could doom your purchase:
We’ll offer one more piece of advice: All real estate is local. Very local.
Don’t fall victim to a lying seller
That means that while it may be a buyers market nationwide, or even in your city, it could easily be a sellers market in your first-choice neighborhood. Do your homework.
Look at houses for sale in your desired neighborhood