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Top tips for buyers in a busy property market

The spring housing market is busier than ever. We can report that more houses have sold in the space of a week than ever before.

Even 145,000 new property listings this month has not been enough to meet the high levels of buyer demand that we are seeing.

But we do expect to see more sellers putting homes on the market over the coming months.

So, if you are looking to buy and you do manage to find the right property, you will need to be ready to move more quickly than ever before.

Top tips on how to get to the front of the queue when you find ‘the one’

Search on Rightmove

Of course we would say that, but you can be sure that you will be viewing more homes for sale at any time than on any other property website. This means you will stay on top of what is available in your ideal location, putting you in the best position to judge that you have found the one.

Sign up for our Instant Property Alerts

Have you signed up for our Instant Property Alerts? We take the hard work out of your home search by emailing you as soon as a new property that matches your search criteria is listed on Rightmove. You will also receive an alert if one of those properties has had a price reduction.

Apply for a mortgage in principle – even if you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet

If you are ready to buy, but you haven’t got a mortgage agreed in principle yet, you will save valuable time by starting this process now.

If you find your dream home, you will want to make an offer. The first two things your estate agent will ask at this stage is if you have a mortgage in principle, and if you have proof of funds ready to pay the deposit.

Get started by confirming your budget. You can check our affordability calculators here.

Find a solicitor

Do you have a solicitor ready to go to help you with conveyancing? Valuable time can be lost once your offer has been accepted if you still need to find someone to help you to get the documentation for the sale completed.

You can easily do this research now, which will also show the estate agent you are a serious buyer.

If you have to sell your home to move, instruct an estate agent now

If you have a property to sell, contact your local estate agent now about getting it listed for sale on Rightmove. You’ll be in a much stronger position as a buyer if you are in the process of selling your home, or have already accepted an offer.

Remember, as soon as your home is listed on our site, every buyer interested in your area will receive an Instant Alert to view your property. You can’t get things moving faster than that.

Here are our top tips for getting your home ready to sell.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about the spring housing market

The header image for this article is provided courtesy of Fine & Country, Colchester


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