Trulia has some excellent tips if you’re looking to buy a home this summer. One caveat: some of these tips may not apply quite as much to the Bay Area, where real estate is … different.
- Consider older listings: While it may seem that homes on the market go into agreement within minutes of being listed, that is not actually the case. Sometimes a house may be on the market because the buyer changed their mind or couldn’t the proper financing. Might be worth a look.
- Consider a house that “needs work”: While the number of starter homes is decreasing, fixer-uppers have increased by over 8% in this category.
- Strong offers often trump highest offers: Here, of course, strong means cash which may be out of reach for most. But it probably will get you that new home.