Are You Scaring The Seller?

If you are buying a home, then you might be surprised to learn that you could actually scare your seller! Right now in Tampa, it’s a seller’s market. That means you are likely to run into competition and bidding wars if you’re purchasing a home. This also means you have to make quick decisions if you find a home you like. However, there are a few things you could do that would scare a seller and make them want to choose someone else to sell their house to. Here are three thing you definitely don’t want to do!

You aren’t pre-approved for a mortgage

The best thing you can do for yourself is get your finances aligned. This will allow you to make a purchasing decision much more quickly. If the seller has to make a decision between you and another interested buyer, and one of you don’t have your finances in order, the other purchaser is going to win that one.

Too many home repair requests

Searching for a new build is the closest you will come to a home that doesn’t need any repairs. And even then, it could still need some. So you have to understand and accept that the home you purchase will need some repairs. If the repairs are minor, we recommend you consider taking care of them yourself. If the repair is major, then you should include the repair in your request to the homeowner or in the contract of the sale. But keep in mind, too many repair requests is likely to scare off a seller.

Discussing changing the home in front of the seller

This happens all the time! It’s so common and yet many home buyers don’t even realize they are doing it. You need to remember that the seller has likely put their heart and style into the home. Especially if they’ve lived in the house for a very long time. When you start discussing tearing down walls and major remodels, you can actually scare the seller out of the sale! Be mindful when you are around them and when you are discussing making changes to what is still their home.

We hope these tips are helpful as you search for your new home. Keep in mind, one of the most important decisions you make before completing the purchase is hiring a home inspector! Don’t make any final decisions without having your home inspected first. You can schedule your inspection right here on our website.