Matt Rapanos can help you find out what other homes have sold for in the area, and how much money you might have to put into repairs or renovations. These considerations should be a factor along with the amount you're comfortable spending.
In addition to sale prices of other comparable homes, there are several ways you can come up with a winning bid. For example:
- The condition of the house. Is the home in move-in condition, in need of paint and other cosmetic improvements, or a fixer-upper that needs real work?
- The market. If you are in a buyer's market - where there are more homes for sale than there are people to buy them - prices are probably stable or falling. If you are in a seller's market - where there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale - prices are probably moving upward.
- Your ceiling. If you have a credit pre-approval, you know how much you can borrow for your home purchase. Of course, you may not be comfortable paying as much as you've been approved to borrow, so think carefully about your financial situation before making an offer.
- Next, decide how much you are willing to pay for a home. Remember, the advertised price of a house is just a starting point - it may take quite a bit of negotiating to arrive at a final cost.