Tips to Buy a House (And Win BIG!)

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Welcome to Real Estate Real Answers Episode #15! I’m Kyle Pfaffe, local Austin area real estate agent, and if you have your own question, enter it in the comments below or contact me and I’ll make sure to answer it. If you’re thinking about buying a house right now, but – eh – maybe you’ll find one, maybe you won’t, this video is not for you. But if your goal is not just to maybe find a home but to buy a home right now and WIN BIG, then this video is just for you! Today I’m going to share with you four tips to buy a home right now and win big. Plus, at the end, I’ll share with you one tip to always make your offer stand out to sellers.

The first tip to buy a home right now and win big is to be very specific with your search. Know exactly what home you’re looking for, how many bedrooms, how many bathrooms, the layout, floorplan, 1 story or 2 story, the finishes, the neighborhood, the school district, and the size of the yard. All of those things are very important to be very specific in your search so you know what you’re looking for. Why is that important? Well, do you want to waste time going and looking at a home that you would never purchase – that would never be the one that you would want to live in and potentially miss out on a home that is the right one for you? Well, if you put in the work before you start your search and be very specific for what you are looking for, you can spend all of your time looking at the homes that are right for you and not waste any time on the homes that are not.

That leads us right into the second tip to help you buy a house and win big
and that’s to MOVE QUICK. When you have been very specific for what home you are looking for, you can move very quickly when you find that house. When you find it, don’t wait until the weekend to go and see that home – don’t wait for the open house. Go and look at it right away. Don’t waste any time. And when you find that perfect house, make an offer right away. Don’t rush to a decision, but once you are sure it is the right home, make that offer right away.  If you do that, you can potentially get your offer in and accepted before other offers come in and make it a multiple offer situation or maybe you can get your offer in before the open house when other buyers have a chance to see that home and beat you to that house.

The single biggest variable to your success buying a home is HUSTLE. If you really want to find a house and you want to win big, you have to work hard. You have to put the work in up front to make sure that you are only looking at the right houses. You have to go and look at that house right away when it comes on the market. You have to put your offer in right away, but all of that stuff, YOU CAN CONTROL! If you put that work in, you can win! That same tip applies for buyers or sellers. Sellers, if you are willing to put the work in, you can get more money for your house. You can sell quicker. You can sell with better terms. But you have to put the work in. If you do that, no matter what, you can WIN!

The third tip is to be persisitent. If you’ve looked at a lot of homes, but haven’t
found the right one, don’t give up! Stick to the plan that you have of narrowing your search and looking at the right homes and you will find the right home for you! Maybe you’ve lost out on some multiple offers or you haven’t gotten your offer in on time. Keep being persistent looking for those homes, make the offer and if you do that, you’ll find the right home and you’ll win!

The fourth tip is to buy for value. The frenzy of this market can drive some people to do crazy things, but not YOU! You’re going to buy for value! You’re going to make sure that even if it is a multiple offer situation, even if you have to move quickly, that you are buying for value. That means that you’re not overpaying for a house.

Now I told you at the end I would give you one tip to always make your offer stand out to sellers, and that is to make your offer with a three day option period. That really stands out to sellers because if they take their home off the market becuase they accepted your contract and are not going to consider any offers, that short time period means that if it doesn’t work out with you, they can get their home right back out on the market for someone else. For you, you can make a three-day option period work if you have already been working with your inspector to make sure that your inspection is scheduled for the first day after the contract has been accepted. That gives you enough time to do your due diligence on the home and make sure it is right for you and negotiate repairs and it is a huge win for the sellers as well and makes your offer stand out!

If you have a real estate question that you would like answered, put that in the comments below and I will answer it! I hope these four tips can help you buy a home and win big! Thanks for checking out episode 15 – this is Real Estate and that is the REAL ANSWER! If you are considering a move in the Austin area, contact me because I help people like you move smart.

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MAIN HOUSE

  • 1920 sq. ft. split-bedroom floorplan with separate formal dining, family room
  • 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms
  • Corner rock fireplace with hearth and mantle
  • Iron security doors front and back, perfect for those beautiful spring days!
  • Beautiful tile floor throughout with carpeted bedrooms

KITCHEN

  • Corian countertops
  • Updated stainless rectangular sink w/ stainless high-rise faucet
  • Executive height cabinets with tons of extra storage space

BEDROOMS

  • Split bedroom plan for private Master bedroom
  • Sitting room in Master which can be used as a nursery, office or reading area
  • Walk-in closet in Master

BATHROOMS

  • Double sinks in Master
  • Upgraded faucets
  • Upgraded Kohler toilets in both bathrooms

MISCELLANEOUS FEATURES

  • Covered front and back porches with privacy bushes
  • LED lightbulbs throughout
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How Much Downpayment Do I Need in Austin to Buy a House?

Today I want to share with you the answer to the most common I get from home buyers, especially first-time homebuyers. I really feel bad for so many buyers I encounter who don’t know the right answer to this question because the answer brings so much hope and helps people own their own home much sooner than they thought possible.

That question is: “How much downpayment do I need to buy a house?” I’ve had many potential home buyers ask me this question and most have the perception that they need 20% down to purchase a home! That might have been true 30 years ago, but today they are many mortgage options for buyers to purchase a home with much less of a downpayment. The most common options include:

  • 0% downpayment with a USDA loan. Only certain areas qualify for a USDA loan and this loan requires a slightly better debt-to-income ratio that other loans, but it is a great option for someone who has no money for a downpayment
  • 3.5% downpayment with a FHA loan. This loan is probably the most common loan first-time home buyers use and has some of the lowest requirements to qualify.
  • 5% downpayment with a Conventional loan. Conventional loans require a higher credit score but can provide a lower monthly payment amount for buyers because it has a lower cost for mortgage insurance. There are conventional loan programs for 10% or 20% down as well that might have better terms and some lenders even offer a conventional loan with only 3% down.

Those are the three most basic types of loans, but the most important thing to know is that there are many ways you can purchase a home with a relatively small downpayment.

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