The kids are back in school and we’ve officially waved goodbye to the end of summer. Still, it’s hard for Huntington Beach home owners to agree that summer is a thing of the past, given the gorgeous weather that’s just about a year-round treat. For those who want to move to Huntington Beach, they may be hoping that fall will signal a slowdown in the local real estate market. But in Southern California, the busy summer buying period has a way of extending into the fall months much like the beach weather does. Here are some fall home buying tips to keep in mind if you’re looking for a Huntington Beach home!
Sharpen Your Memory: Chances are you’ve been looking for a Huntington Beach home for a while. With more interested buyers than there have been homes, many would-be buyers have found themselves without the keys they thought they would have by now. One tip involves sharpening your memory, and keeping track of homes you love to see if they have been relisted at a lower price. Home prices have been climbing for years around the Southland, but the fall is when some sellers are prompted to drop their prices. So keep an eye out!
Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage: In this competitive climate, it’s never been more important to be pre-approved for a mortgage. This gives you the power you need to negotiate with sellers, and also demonstrates to them that you are a serious and qualified buyer. Find a local lender or mortgage broker and schedule a meeting. Not only will this face-to-face help you determine what you can afford, but you could also walk away with your pre-approval letter that you can use while home shopping.
Don’t Make Too Many Concessions: In a busy real estate market like Huntington Beach, it can be easy to get excited and start making too many concessions just to be the victor. Remember: the Huntington Beach home you purchase might not be your forever home, and if the tables turn and you’re suddenly the seller, you want to make sure you have a home that’s desirable. So, watch out for things like purchasing a home near a busy intersection, or one without a convenience you’d like to have like a garage. If it’s a nuisance to you, chances are, it will be to future buyers too.
To learn more about Huntington Beach homes for sale, please contact me. I’m a local real estate agent and I’d love to assist you.