How to Compete as a Buyer



San Antonio’s real estate market is a buyer’s market. We’re currently experiencing a shortage of houses for sale. This coupled with high demand means that homebuyers may face many obstacles when making an offer on a home. As a buyer, it’s so important to be as prepared as possible when you’re ready to start your home search. Here are some helpful tips to get yourself ready.

Homebuyer’s needs vs. wants

In today’s real estate market, it is essential that you know what you’re looking for in your San Antonio home. After all, how can you find what you want if you don’t know what you want? Before you begin your home search, get clear about what you need and what you want. Put your needs first. These could include certain neighborhoods, the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, or other home features that would be deal-breakers for you. You should also consider what you want, such as room for a backyard pool or a finished basement. While these items would be nice to have, they aren’t necessarily deal-breakers. Make a list of your needs and wants so that you can compare houses during your search.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Before you begin looking at homes, get pre-approved for a mortgage. You cannot be competitive in today’s market if you aren’t pre-approved for a mortgage (unless, of course, you’re going to pay all cash). Getting pre-approved for a mortgage tells a seller that you are a serious buyer. It is entirely possible that other buyers will be putting in offers for the same house as you. Your offer will not be considered unless you’re pre-approved.

Keep your emotions in check

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial transactions you will ever make. It’s important to think of it as a business deal. Yes, you are buying a home that will become the center of your family life. You will make many memories and celebrate many milestones in this house. But don’t get swept up into your emotions. Try to maintain a sense of detachment so that you can make sound decisions. If you’re struggling to maintain an emotional distance, that’s when an experienced real estate agent is key.

Prepare for a bidding war

As we said above, there aren’t enough homes for sale in the San Antonio market to keep up with demand. The home you love will also be the object of affection for other buyers, too. Your offer will probably not be the only offer a seller receives. You should mentally prepare yourself for a bidding war when you put in an offer. Understand how the home buying process works so you know how you can sweeten your deal. And be clear about your budget. You need to know how much house you can afford so that you don’t overextend yourself.

Work with an expert

Finally, one of the best ways to be competitive in today’s market is to work with an expert real estate agent. Our team of expert Realtors at Real Estate Muses are extremely knowledgeable about the San Antonio market and will advise you through every step of the process. The process of making an offer can move quickly, and having a Real Estate Muse agent on your side will help ease the stress.


Contact Melissa Muse Wiggans, Broker and Owner of Real Estate Muses. Her team of top San Antonio Realtors specialize in residential real estate for those buying and selling homes in San Antonio as well as military families and others moving or relocating to San Antonio, TX. Visit realestatemuses.com or call 210-485-9913 today.

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