6 Tips For Navigating A Hot Real Estate Market

navigating a hot real estate market

Even though federal intervention has slowed the market considerably, the heat of South Florida's real estate economy has only slightly dimmed in comparison to other places. One could consider the Delray Beach Real Estate economy to always be in a thrumming state, with no sign of wealthy buyers and major developers slowing down their continued traversal southward. Navigating a real estate market that is as fast-paced and highly valued as Delray Beach is not always a walk in the park, but with the right tools, support, and work ethic, you too can dominate your home search and find the Delray Beach home of your dreams.

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Choose An Agent Who Can Keep Up

Be sure not to make the mistake of confusing youth with "keeping up." Oftentimes it's not the caffeine in our system or the grey of age that determines keeping up, but the knowledge of procedures, years of experience, and dogged determination that makes the difference. Your Realtor should be a human switchboard and your eyes in the sky, consistently processing and delivering opportunities as they come, while remaining in the know for what's next. They should understand your preferred methods of communication, and be dynamic with how they use each day. 

don't rush your home search

Don't Rush Your Search

Oftentimes the speed of the market will rub off on home buyers, who will attune their search to match the pace of the market. Just because listings have come and gone, and the market is hot, doesn't mean you have to react in turn. Yes, by acting measuredly you may lose your dream listing, but it's not the only home that fits the qualities you are seeking. With so many fabulous communities in Delray Beach to choose from, your best bet is to act according to your readiness, and not towards the tug on your sensibilities that a fast market and FOMO (fear of missing out) can incur.

prepare to compromise

Prepare To Compromise

Part of taking a methodical approach and not allowing the market to tell you how to run your life is losing out on some potentially great matches. Like stated above, there will be others, but that doesn't mean that the most perfect listing for you will be there when you are ready. You might find a home that fits almost all of your criteria but is an extra mile from the beach, or one that's much cheaper but doesn't have that beautiful private pool you want for your growing family. As with any business negotiation (and life in general), it's all about finding where, when, and how to compromise. Many of our greatest victories in life are the product of many compromises, small wins, and slight changes. Expect the same from your Delray Beach home search.

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Ensure Your Financing Is Lined Up

Realtors should support their clients in planning their financial readiness. This includes knowing their client's needs, financial capabilities, and timelines. As the client and home buyer or seller, you should be as prepared as possible with any financial paperwork, credit reports, and loan products at the ready. Stepping up to buy a home in Delray Beach without your financing ready is like stepping up to sing for a stadium and forgetting the lyrics to your solo. A lack of preparedness leads to a lack of confidence, and rightfully so. Be ready with everything you have so that when the time comes, you take action.

keep home inspections simple

Keep Inspections Simple

When possible, especially as the home buyer, simplify your inspection process to ensure things are streamlined before entering a contract. This does not mean you should neglect this crucial process but know that in a fast market, buyers will be ready to pounce on your hesitation. Obviously, anything leading to uncovering significant long-term damage, foundational concerns, or potential biological harm must be found and identified, but there are ancillary items that inspections entail that can be overlooked when time is of the essence.

skip frivolous demands

Skip Frivolous Demands

When choosing to buy a home in Delray Beach, make two columns and list your "wants" and "needs" side by side. A private pool might seem like a "need" because of how much you'll enjoy that new backyard with your kids, but it's not necessary for the sanity or survival of you and yours. Things like accessibility, safety, school districting, and sufficient space are more important than the right appliance package or enclosed Florida Room. Start with what you absolutely need and work backward from there, recognizing that the less room for compromise, the more the market will pass you by.

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