Being Outbid On A Home Can Be A Good Thing

Columbia New Home Buyer Team
Published on May 14, 2016

Being Outbid On A Home Can Be A Good Thing

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Too many people go through a tough time when they are trying to save up money to buy their dream home. One common challenge that makes the entire process stressful is the competition from other potential home buyers. The big fish out on the market target and the shallow pool of properties available. If you don’t have enough money to match their bid, you’ll probably lose out. However its all a matter of perspective, so lets discuss why being outbid might actually be the best thing that can happen.

The beauty of being outbid

While it can be stressful to place your bid on a particular property that is targeted by the super-wealthy, it can also have some benefits. One unbeatable fact is that being outbid in one home is not the end of it all. Suppose you are outbid by a higher offer than the one you placed on a specific home, there will always be another home elsewhere! There is always another home that will provide you with the features you’re looking for an an appropriate price.

The money-saving opportunity

One thing about being outbid on a home is that you end up securing your budget. Stick with your budget and try to avoid a bidding war that could lead you well outside your comfortable range. This means that you will save money and avoid blowing your budget.

Some people make the mistake of placing a higher bid just to win and secure ownership. Conversely, you now have dipped into your reserves and can no longer afford to make the changes you were hoping to make. Without the budget needed to renovate your home, it may never be the home you were hoping it would be.

How to deal with an outbid

A lot of potential homebuyers are tensed when they can’t win the bid and be the owner of a specific property. It is all about being wise and using the right strategies and tips to avoid overspending and stay on the safe side. Here are some insights to help you out.

Determine your budget

Before you think of placing any bid on any home, you should again consider your budget and determine if you can afford the property or not. The point here is to purchase what is within your reach, based on your finances. This means current financial situations and possible future financial situations.

• Do not panic

As you are preparing to place a bid on a particular home, always keep in mind that some offers can be rejected. Never be afraid of placing an offer on any home of your choice.

• Know when to stop

Understand what it is that makes the property so appealing to you and understand what it might cost to add such features to another house with a lower price tag. Set your budget and go into the process with back up houses in mind. Having a back up will allow you to stop at your limit with more ease.

Study the bid keenly

You may encounter a situation where the initial price of the house is really quite low, but the final bidder will pay almost double the price. Therefore, study the number of bids of a particular home before you rush in. Sometimes you’ll come across deliberately low pricing attempting to create a bidding war. Remember try to avoid a bidding war if possible.

• Consider going for the older homes

When the bidding war is heating up on the top homes in the market, you can use this opportunity to look for older homes that need a little remodeling. Here, you will not only save money, but you will have the chance to renovate the home to match your preference.

Have a backup plan

Before you take part in a bidding war, you should always have a backup home (as mentioned earlier) that you will turn to when you are outbid. This helps save you time and spares you the stress of looking for a new home once your target home is gone. The backup home can be well within the price and area or in a different neighborhood all together. All in all, ensure that you know where to turn to after you lose in a bidding war.

You should set your budget and determine the “no-go zone”. If anyone else places a bid that is beyond your limit, you will have to pull out as soon as possible. This will of course save you money and prevent you from making a purchase you really can’t afford. Anyone can be overwhelmed when it comes to bidding on a spectacular home. Nonetheless, it is always advised to consider the aftermath, and determine what you will pay in the long run. Always stick to your budget, no matter how elegant and attractive the target home seems. There will always be another home waiting to give you all the features you’re looking for at the price you want.

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