Frustration for today’s home buyers could not be more higher with home prices increasing and record low inventory to choose from in all of Oakland County and the metro Detroit area as a whole. The number of buyers that have expanded their search to find affordable homes outside the normal suburbs have increased substantially in the new quarter of 2018. Although the average buyer would find a new home close to work and family, this has become daunting and unattainable for many. Home buyers have had to expand the search for affordable homes to the suburbs and beyond in attempts to find an affordable home that they love and that fits within their budget.
Being a home buyer in today’s market it’s no secret that home prices have been increasing lately, and especially in the nation’s most populous metropolitan areas including Metro Detroit. So what are home buyers doing to ensure they find – not only a house they love – but one that fits well into their budget? Well one strategy is to expand the search from the priciest locations for a more affordable neighborhood in the surrounding area. In other words, home buyers are getting creative in their search for a great home at a great price. And while this usually means moving to the suburbs, in some cases potential buyers are moving even further out.
“Buyers have traditionally sought refuge in the suburbs during times of high home prices,” Javier Vivas, director of economic research for the National Association of Realtors’ consumer website. “But with today’s record highs even the suburbs have gotten pricey, which has demand flooding outward as options disappear and prices move further out of reach in top job hubs.” In short, expand your search radius which may be a good way to find a home that’s within reach of both your budget and your job. More here.
Trying to categorize Farmington Hills house hunters motivations and levels of seriousness is something that’s hard to resist. Many a successful seller will tell you how they originally mistook the ultimate buyer for an unreliable looky-loo (or vice-versa). Still, judging from the articles written on the subject, apparently it’s worth recognizing the different sorts of house hunters and the categories that describe them. Category names vary, but here are six cited most frequently:
- Serious surveyor. The most common variety of house hunter, the serious surveyor has usually viewed the Farmington Hills listings online, prepared a budget, and possibly even pre-qualified with a lender. The serious surveyor is patient—if a home fitting their must-have list isn’t available within the budget, they’ll keep hunting until the pieces fall into place.
- Burn-up-the-tracker (aka Relo Express). These house hunters are usually motivated by factors that force a quick decision. They can be in danger of succumbing to the stress of the circumstances, which could result in a less-than-optimal buying decision. If I am their agent, it’s my job to alleviate as much of the stress as possible by making sure that they are exposed expeditiously to the Farmington Hills listings that meet their requirements.
- Laid-backer. Farmington Hills house hunters are in no hurry to go beyond the canvassing-Farmington Hills stage. This can be due to their current housing situation (as when a future purchase can only be finalized after their own home has been sold), or because the laid-backer isn’t totally convinced that they really want to move. This buyer is not to be confused with a true looky-loo, who is not really a buyer at all. On the contrary, many a laid-backer becomes an enthusiastic buyer once they feel educated about the Farmington Hills offerings and discover an appealing property.
- Hard Sell. House hunting can be a delightful opportunity to tour Farmington Hills homes that are at their best: spit-and-polished for inspection by qualified prospective buyers. For the hard sell buyer, however, it’s likely to be less fun. This house hunter has probably had some bad earlier house hunting experience or other because distrust of almost every detail rules the day. In truth, it’s a fine idea to subscribe to the “trust but verify” school of house hunting—that’s why a home inspection should always be on the agenda. But it’s too bad if there’s no measure of enjoyment to be had in the process.
- Market Buster. Fully aware that in any buyer-seller relationship the buyer-side ultimately makes the important decisions, this house hunter is focused on making a deal that defies market realities. That may be possible—but sometimes the result is more predictable: most properties that can be had at below-market levels are priced that way for a reason.
- Frozen. This is a rarely seen Farmington Hills house hunters: frozen in indecision either because of the momentous nature of the decision, a bewildering array of appealing offerings, or a shifting set of their own priorities. Frozen house hunters can become unfrozen if they miss out on a home they realize in retrospect was the one!
You needn’t try to fit into any category to succeed in your own Farmington Hills house hunting venture. One step I can guarantee will advance the process: call me!
Tom Gilliam- 248-790-5594