In this two-minute read, we look at ways sellers can identify genuine buyers.
With demand currently outstripping supply in the housing market, sellers are in the driver’s seat, but
there is still one hazard that could derail a sale: the flaky buyer.
In a hot market, it’s not uncommon for panicky buyers to make an impulsive offer or go beyond their
A buyer might do this because they fear that prices are rising and the market is getting away from
them. Or perhaps they’ve been outbid in the past and don’t want to lose out again.
Whatever the motivation, the result is the same: the buyer isn’t committed and drops out weeks or
months into the sales process.
Not only is it frustrating for the seller but it could also cost them financially if they’re part of a chain
which then collapses because the parties involved grow impatient.
Here are some tips to help you identify genuine buyers.
-Arrange a second viewing. If the buyer makes an offer after the first viewing, your agent
should arrange a second visit to see if they are still as keen as mustard. The buyer should be quizzed
about their plans for the property to see if they’ve thought through the purchase.
-Do the admin. Ensure your agent gets the buyer to fill in an offer form that includes details
about their mortgage provider and solicitor. It’s preferable to go with a buyer who already has their
ducks in a row.
-What’s the story? Chat to the buyer about why they are moving. If they’re expecting a baby
and have family in the same street, it’s a fair bet that they’re the real deal. If they know little about
the area or their story keeps changing, question if they are committed to the sale.
-Ensure the lines of communication are open. Ideally, your buyer will keep you informed of
their progress on the survey, searches, and chasing solicitors. Be wary if things go quiet quickly.
-Work with an experienced agent. Even though it’s a buyer’s market, a good agent can
streamline the process for you. They’ll be good at spotting the genuine buyers from the chancers.
For more advice about selling your home, contact us here at Drewery Property Consultants.
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