Many sellers wish to sell before the end of the year and are willing to negotiate more. More properties are entering the marketplace and prices are still very, very low. Interest rates are holding right around 4% which means lower payments allowing buyers to qualify for a higher priced home than anticipated.
Closing an escrow involving a loan process usually takes from 45 to 60 days which would allow most buyers to be in before the holidays.
I’ve seen some fantastic sales this past year on properties located in Susanville and the Honey Lake Valley.
Remember, it’s still a buyer’s market and home prices have really come down. It’s a great time to shop around and see what’s out there. Who knows when the interest rates will start climbing!!!
Properties are selling and at great prices too! I have specialized in bank owned properties for some time now as well as marketing properties for my client base. I agree that it is a buyer’s market out there and everyone is looking for a “killer” deal. Those deals are out there, believe me!
However, in order to take advantage of those great buys, you have to be ready to make an offer on them as soon as they hit the market which means you either have to have all cash or be prequalified. The banks won’t even consider your offer unless you provide a lender’s prequalification letter along with your bid.
I recommend using our local lenders for the most part unless you opt to use the seller bank’s special financing . There are some programs that will allow you to purchase without a down payment or may ask for a small downpayment but then, once the seller bank agrees to pay some of your closing costs, the usual expenses disappear. I’ve seen buyers get into properties with no cash out of pocket.
Of course, your credit score needs to be above a certain amount and your ratios have to be acceptable. That is why getting together with a lender to obtain that prequaification letter is so very important. It allows everyone to work toward the same goal with a realistic approach.