Miami and Phoenix are seeing a rise in asking prices, based on a Trulia Price Monitor Report. There are still a lot of good buys out there, but many buyers are frustrated when a new property comes on the market and goes under contract almost immediately. Decreasing inventory and aggressive pricing by listing agents, mean you have to act fast if you are serious about making a purchase. If the property is priced right, don’t try to negotiate it down too much, if at all. I listed two properties last week that both had multiple offers within the first two days. The first property had all offers at asking price and we went to a multiple offer situation where we asked for highest and best. Total time on market was 6 days.
The second property had several offers on the second day. One agent had his buyer offer slightly over asking and put down 10% as an initial deposit, upon acceptance. The seller accepted his offer. Two days later, a higher offer came in from a buyer who was desperate because she had just lost out on a short sale and needs to move fast.
If you are a buyer, be ready to put your best offer forward early on. If you are a seller and get multiple offers, don’t second guess your pricing or hold out for something even better. The reality is that you get the most activity on a listing when it first goes on the market. The longer you wait, the less you are likely to get.