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How to make a competitive offer

Purchasing a home is an exciting event, but can also be a daunting process, especially in a competitive market. As a buyer, making an attractive offer is crucial to securing your dream home.

To help you navigate this process successfully, we've compiled some essential tips to make your offer stand out from the crowd.

Get your finances in order

Before you start house hunting, you’ll need to get your finances in order. This means reviewing your credit score, paying off outstanding debts, and saving for a substantial deposit.

Having a strong financial profile will not only make you a more attractive buyer but will also give you the confidence to make a competitive offer when the right property comes along.

Read more about planning your finances.

Determine your budget

Understanding your budget is crucial when making an offer. Analyse your finances and consult with a mortgage adviser to determine how much you can afford.

By setting a realistic budget, you can focus your search on properties within your price range and make your offer with confidence.

Research the market

Take the time to research the local property market thoroughly. Keep an eye on property listings and recent sales in the area you're interested in. This will give you an idea of property values, trends, and potential competition.

Armed with this knowledge, you can make a more informed offer that stands out in a competitive market.

Get a mortgage agreement in principle

Obtaining a mortgage agreement in principle (AIP) before making an offer is highly recommended.

An AIP shows that a lender is willing to offer you a mortgage of a certain amount, which gives sellers confidence in your ability to proceed with the purchase, putting you in a much stronger negotiating position.

Act quickly

In a competitive market, time is of the essence. When you find a property you're interested in, act swiftly. Delaying your offer could allow other buyers to swoop in and secure the property before you.

Top tip: Work closely with your estate agent, be proactive, and promptly submit your offer to increase your chances of success.

Offer a competitive price

Deciding how much to offer can be challenging. Start by considering the property's market value, recent sales in the area, and any unique features or issues the property may have.

While it's tempting to lowball the offer, doing so might result in losing out to a more competitive buyer. Make a reasonable and competitive offer that shows you're serious about purchasing the property.

Leverage your advantages

To make your offer more attractive, consider including additional incentives. For instance, if the seller has expressed a desire for a quick sale, you can offer a shorter completion timeline.

Alternatively, if the property requires some repairs or renovations, you can offer to take on those responsibilities or share the costs. Such gestures can make your offer stand out among others.

Offer a larger deposit

Sellers often value buyers who are less likely to drop out of a sale if their mortgage offer is withdrawn. One way to showcase your seriousness is by offering a larger deposit. A higher deposit amount reassures the seller of your financial stability and your dedication to the transaction.

Stay flexible

Flexibility can be a powerful tool when making an offer. Be open to negotiation and willing to accommodate the seller's preferences, such as their desired completion date or certain fixtures they wish to keep.

Demonstrating flexibility and cooperation can make your offer more appealing and increase your chances of success.

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