Many headlines would have you believe that bidding wars and houses selling for over the asking price are a thing of the distant past. There have certainly been signs of the market softening a bit in favor of buyers, but bidding wars are still a thing, as well as houses fetching offers over asking price — even if it isn’t happening on every listing.
So if you’re a buyer right now, there’s still a good chance you’ve “lost” a house in a bidding war, and you’re still feeling the sting that comes with it. You may be wondering when (or if) the market will truly give you a fair shake at getting a house. Well, don’t lose hope! In fact, you may even get a second chance at a house you lost to another buyer.
According to a recent report by Axios, nearly 15 percent of pending home sales failed to close in June. Whether it was due to buyers not getting their mortgage, home inspection issues, the house not appraising for the sales price, etc., many sellers found themselves looking for a new buyer or going back to the buyers whose offers weren’t originally accepted.
So if you lost out on a house recently, there’s a chance you may get a second bite at the apple! If and when that happens for you, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t let your feelings get in the way of an opportunity. It hurts when a seller chooses another offer, and some buyers take it personally. Don’t hold a grudge and say you’re no longer interested for the sake of getting back at them for not choosing you originally.
- You may be able to negotiate a lower price than you originally offered, but don’t bank on it. There’s still a low amount of inventory, and a lot of competition, so sellers aren’t entirely desperate. If you try to lower your offer, the seller may take offense and either go with another back-up offer, or just put it back on the market.
- Don’t be too concerned with why the original buyer backed out of the deal; you may or may not get the true reason why the contract was canceled. Sure, it could’ve been due to home inspection issues, or simply buyer’s remorse. Just because another buyer had issues, doesn’t mean they were legitimate or will affect you, or that there’s something wrong with the house.
Houses that are desirable and priced appropriately are still selling fast, with multiple offers, and often over asking price. So if you’re in the market to buy a home, you still need to be aggressive and make a strong offer. But if your initial offer isn’t accepted, don’t lose hope! If you find that the buyer they chose backs out and the seller checks to see if you’re still interested, be careful about lowering your offer, and don’t dismiss your second chance due to emotions or concerns about what was “wrong” with the house.