Are you ready for the busy buying season?

July 10 2018

The summer is easily the busiest and most competitive homebuying season of the year. The weather heats up, bidding wars become the norm and millions of Americans scramble to buy properties before school's back in session.

So what can you do to stand out and increase your chances of finding a great property at the right price for you and your family? Here are four top strategies to keep in mind:

1. Get prequalified. Prequalification from a respected lender shows you're serious about buying a home, and it gives sellers confidence in your offer. If it comes down to you and a bidder who's not prequalified, you'll have the upper hand.

2. Write a letter. Draft a letter to the sellers about your desire to own their home and what it would mean for your family. These personal appeals are often what puts one buyer above the rest in a multiple-bid situation.

3. Add an appraisal contingency. It's likely that you'll encounter competition when you find the home you want, and you may need to offer a little more than asking price to win a bidding war. If this happens, make sure to include an appraisal contingency in your contract. It can protect you in case the home appraises for lower than what you offer.

4. Act fast. Speed is of the essence in the summer. If you like a home and it meets your needs, act quickly. The house could go off the market soon, and waiting even one day could take it out of the running.

As the weather heats up, so does homebuying. Make sure you're prepared for potential bidding wars and contact me about getting prequalified before you make an offer. It can speed up the process and give you a leg up on the competition.


Whether you are buying, selling, or refinancing, it is important to have an experienced mortgage professional to help you analyze your financing options, and make sure the closing goes smoothly. As a loan officer with Blueleaf Lending, I have the expertise and experience to get you the right mortgage, and to handle your transaction professionally. With my experience, and our rates and programs, you are sure to get the mortgage that is right for you. Please remember to get me involved early on in your home-buying process. Starting the Process not only gives you a better idea of what you can qualify for, it also gives you a stronger negotiation position when you find the home of your dreams.