Black Friday is like real estate buyers going after a hot listing

Black Friday basically begins on Thursday these days.

You’ve probably driven past a big box store on the way home from Thanksgiving dinner and seen people with tents set up, waiting in line for the store to open.

They all want to be first into the store, or at least one of the first…because the deals are first-come, first-serve.

You want the latest, greatest, must-have item, or the best deal? You better not linger at Thanksgiving dinner, and get yourself in line.

It takes a ton of forethought, desire, and dedication to even have a shot at getting one of the deals.

It’s kind of the same with the best real estate listings. But not just one day a year…all year.

When a great deal pops on the market, or a house many people want, it’s like the frenzy of people streaming through the doors of a big box store on Black Friday. Buyers flock fast and furiously.

But, with a great real estate deal, or great house, the big difference is that only one buyer gets it.

Here’s the good news…

  • You don’t have to be first in line to see the house. You don’t need to set up a tent on the owners lawn and wait to be the first one in to see the house. (In fact, that might hurt your cause more than help it!)
  • Heck, you don’t even necessarily have to be the one who offers the most money for the house! (Although how much you offer does matter!)
  • Crafting and presenting the best offer, when you’re trying to buy a house with lots of interest, is an artform that can get you a house even when there are higher offers. (I consider myself quite the artist when it comes to multiple offer scenarios…so you’re in good hands with me!)

I wish you luck on getting any deals you’ve got your eye on this Black Friday! But when it comes to getting the house you want, I won’t wish you luck…I’ll wish you work with me. That should do the trick! LOL

Don’t “Fall” for this real estate myth!

Fall is here. Which means the “holiday season” is creeping up on us.

covered-bridge-in-fall-1495295197TxaWhich, when you’re a real estate agent, inevitably brings questions about whether it makes sense to even list a house for sale, or start looking to buy a house at this point, or…

“Should we wait ‘til Spring?”

If that’s ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone. Lots of people think that way.

But why?

The most common reasons sellers give: there are less buyers looking.

The most common reason buyers give: there aren’t as many houses for sale.

Kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy…but, also kind of a myth.

I don’t have any proof, but I have to wonder if this mindset wasn’t started by part-time real estate agents who wanted down time during the holidays to shop, bake, and go to parties.29526726980_8869409e52_b

It’s a myth I wish truly existed. Because, while there’s certainly busier times of the year, as a full-time agent, I know there’s always great houses being sold and bought. Not just during the season, but even on holidays.

(I’m lucky to enjoy just a few hours on an actual holiday without some amount of work for my clients.)

Spring is a long ways away. And there are plenty of houses to buy…and plenty of buyers to sell to between now and then.