5 Tips to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer

5 Tips for Homebuyers Who Want to Make a Competitive Offer | MyKCM

Today’s real estate market has high buyer interest and low housing inventory. With so many buyers competing for a limited number of homes, it’s more important than ever to know the ins and outs of making a confident and competitive offer. Here are five keys to success for this important stage in the homebuying process.

1. Listen to Your Real Estate Agent

A recent article from Freddie Mac offers guidance on making an offer on a home in today’s market. Right off the bat, it points out how emotional this can be for buyers and why trusted professionals can help you stay focused on the most important things:

“Remember to let your homebuying team guide you on your journey, not your emotions. Their support and expertise will keep you from compromising on your must-haves and future financial stability.”

Your real estate professional should be your primary source for answers to the questions you have when you’re ready to make an offer.

2. Understand Your Finances

Having a complete understanding of your budget and how much house you can afford is essential. The best way to know this is to reach out to your lender to get pre-approved for a loan early in the homebuying process. Only 44% of today’s prospective homebuyers are planning to apply for pre-approval, so be sure to take this step so you stand out from the crowd. It shows sellers you’re a serious, qualified buyer and can give you a competitive edge if you enter a bidding war.

3. Be Ready to Move Quickly

According to the Realtors Confidence Index, published monthly by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the average property being sold today is receiving more than three offers and is only on the market for a few weeks. These are both results of today’s competitive market, showing how important it is to stay agile and vigilant in your search. As soon as you find the right home for your needs, be prepared to work with your agent to submit an offer as quickly as possible.

4. Make a Fair Offer

It’s only natural to want the best deal you can get on a home. However, Freddie Mac also warns that submitting an offer that’s too low can lead sellers to doubt how serious you are as a buyer. Don’t submit an offer that will be tossed out as soon as it’s received. The expertise your agent brings to this part of the process will help you stay competitive:

“Your agent will work with you to make an informed offer based on the market value of the home, the condition of the home and recent home sale prices in the area.”

5. Be a Flexible Negotiator

After submitting an offer, the seller may accept it, reject it, or counter it with their own changes. In a competitive market, it’s important to stay nimble throughout the negotiation process. Your position can be strengthened with an offer that includes flexible move-in dates, a higher price, or minimal contingencies (conditions you set that the seller must meet for the purchase to be finalized). There are, however, certain contingencies you don’t want to forego. Freddie Mac explains:

Resist the temptation to waive the inspection contingency, especially in a hot market or if the home is being sold ‘as-is’, which means the seller won’t pay for repairs. Without an inspection contingency, you could be stuck with a contract on a house you can’t afford to fix.”

Bottom Line

Today’s competitive market makes it more important than ever to make a strong offer on a home, and I’d love to work with you on making sure your offers rise to the top along the way.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.Shortcode

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising | MyKCM

As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what is to come.

Due to the undersupply of homes on the market today, there’s upward pressure on prices. Consider simple economics: when there is high demand for an item and a low supply of it, consumers are willing to pay more for that item. That’s what’s happening in today’s real estate market. The housing supply shortage is also resulting in bidding wars, which will also drive price points higher in the home sale process.

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising | MyKCM

There’s no evidence that buyer demand will wane. As a result, experts project price appreciation will continue over the next twelve months. Here’s a graph of the major forecasts released in the last 60 days:

I hear many foreclosures might be coming to the market soon. Won’t that drive prices down?

Some are concerned that homeowners who entered a mortgage forbearance plan might face foreclosure once their plan ends. However, when you analyze the data on those in forbearance, it’s clear the actual level of risk is quite low.

Ivy Zelman, CEO of Zelman & Associates and a highly-regarded expert in housing and housing-related industries, was very firm in a podcast last week:

“The likelihood of us having a foreclosure crisis again is about zero percent.”

With demand high, supply low, and little risk of a foreclosure crisis, home prices will continue to appreciate.

Note the same principle also apply if you are thinking about building a new home. New construction sales prices will continue to rise as the prices of lumber and materials continue to increase under the same circumstances of high demand and low supply.

Bottom Line

Though many thought home prices would depreciate in 2020 due to the economic slowdown from the coronavirus. We instead experienced quite the opposite – prices appreciated substantially. Over the next year, we will likely see home values continue to rise higher given the continued lack of inventory of homes for sale.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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Another Beautiful Duplex Under Construction… don’t wait!

Have you been searching for New Construction that is an incredible value and offers awesome living space? Then you’ll love what New England Builds has under construction right now!

Building on the success we had in selling two beautiful units this past Fall in a nearby Attleboro neighborhood, NE Builds has another new duplex under construction at 41 Horton Street in Attleboro. Two townhouse style units will be available and each will feature:

  • almost 2000sf of living
  • three levels of living,
  • 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms,
  • an awesome open floor plan on the first floor,
  • 3 bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry room on the second level,
  • a huge third floor master suite with private bath and walk-in closet,
  • full basement ready awesome for storage or future living space
  • great yard space
  • super convenient location near shopping, restaurants, Attleboro MBTA commuter rail, Rt 95, Rt 495, and more!

Check out the below photos of a finished unit at 74 Orange Street in Attleboro. SOLD for $375,000. These lucky homeowners selected their granite, cabinetry, lighting, flooring, and upgrades in appliances to create a home that was truly “theirs”.

New England Builds and I would love to work with you on creating a home that reflects your style at our current new construction project on Horton Street in Attleboro. Be home for the holidays if you act now… reach out any time for details!! (Anticipating completion for mid-December delivery.)

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

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Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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#1 Reason NOT to Wait to List your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale | MyKCM

Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus.

Real estate is NOT one of them.

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported:

“Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery and is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”

Buyer demand is still strong heading into the fall. ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of buyer showings on residential properties, just announced that buyer showings are up 61.9% compared to the same time last year. They went on to say:

“Normally, real estate activity begins to slow down in the late summer, but this year it peaked in July, August and into September.”

There Is One Big Challenge

Purchaser demand is so high, the market is running out of available homes for sale. Just last week, realtor.com reported:

“Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March, nearly 400,000 fewer homes have been listed compared to last year, leaving a gaping hole in the U.S. housing inventory.”

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale | MyKCM

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that, while home sales are skyrocketing, the inventory of existing homes for sale is dropping dramatically. Below is a graph of existing inventory (September numbers are not yet available):Homebuilders are increasing construction, but they cannot keep up with the high demand. Bill McBride, founder of the Calculated Risk blog, in discussing inventory of newly constructed houses, notes:

“The months of supply decreased to 3.3 months…This is the all-time record low months of supply.”

What does this mean for sellers?

Anyone thinking of putting their home on the market should not wait. A seller will always negotiate the best deal when demand is high and supply is limited. That’s exactly the situation in the real estate market today.

Next year, when the pandemic is hopefully behind us, there will be many more properties coming to the market. Don’t wait for that increase in competition in your neighborhood. Now is the time to sell.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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Like New and Ready for You!

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1284 County Street, Unit 26
Attleboro, MA
Mill Stream Village

Offered at $359,900

DSC_0678Have you been searching for a newer, move-in condition, quality built Townhouse in an established Attleboro community with easy access to Rt 95 and two MBTA train stations?

Are you looking for a home that is tucked away in a prime Mill Stream Village location with private outdoor space, and an affordable condo fee?

Then look what just hit the market… 1284 County Street, Unit 16 in Attleboro offers all of that and more!

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath beautiful Townhome was built in 2009 by WB Construction, Attleboro’s premier builder, and 10 years later still shows like new!  Local homeowners and real estate agents all know WB Construction is a name you can trust when it comes to quality high-end new construction and Mill Stream Village is no exception.

You don’t want to miss out on this turn-key Townhouse with garage & full basement! The eat-in kitchen features stainless appliances and granite island with tons of storage. The spacious living room boasts hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and awesome light from the picture window overlooking the patio & green space. Upstairs the master suite features a spacious walk-in closet and private bath plus you’ll love the laundry, extra storage, two additional great sized bedrooms and main bath.

The next lucky homeowner will enjoy a prime private location tucked away in the back of sought after Mill Stream Village and easy access to both Attleboro commuter rail stations, Rt 95, the New England Sports Village, Capron Park Zoo, Stone E Lea Golf Course, restaurants, shopping, and more!

Energy efficient gas heat, CAir, city water/sewer, beautiful landscaping, carefree condo living, and interest rates at all time lows – can it get any better?

Listed at $359,900, this unit won’t last long in today’s market!  Give a call 508-930-5259 with questions about this home or any of your real estate needs!!

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New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
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Bidding Wars – Buyers be Ready!

Are you ready to enter on this real estate market?

I have been on the listing side and the buyers’ side of multiple offer situations countless times and believe me, neither are fun.   My recent listing at 53 Turnstone Dr in Attleboro had 40 showing requests in less than 24 hours of being on the market.  One day of showings produced 15 offers from ready and willing buyers by 11:00am the next morning.

It took hours to go through each offer individually as we evaluated the:

  • offer price
  • dates 
  • deposits
  • contingencies
  • personal letters to the seller
  • escalation clauses
  • and mortgage pre-approval and pre-qualification letters.

When sellers review offers, know that the highest offer price does not always “win”.   All of the terms of the offer and buyers’ qualifications must be considered both when writing up a contract as a buyer and when reviewing an offer contract as a seller.

Want to know the three best ways to position yourself as a strong, sought after buyer amidst a sea of buyers and very few listings?

 1. Work with a full-time, experienced, and respected agent who will have the knowledge and reputation to present an offer and “you” in a way that the sellers and sellers’ agent will take seriously.  You want the sellers’ side to feel confident that you are the right buyer.

Buyers need to be prepared

2.  Get pre-approved now!  Do not wait until you find a home to contact a mortgage officer.  Experienced listing agents know the difference between a pre-approval that has been vetted with buyer documentation and a pre-qualification letter that is just based on a phone conversation with a lender.  Good listing agents will always call mortgage officers to make sure the buyers are solid.  It is always in your best interest to use a full time, experienced, and respected mortgage officer and company as well.  Let me know if I can send you some names!!

3.  If you own a home and your home purchase is going to be contingent upon it selling, you need to list your home NOW.  In almost all cases, sellers will move your offer to the bottom of the pile as soon as they see a “contingent upon the sale of buyer’s house”.  Some will consider you if you have a signed P&S on your home, but some will still see that as a risk since they have to worry about you as a buyer and your buyer.  As a back up plan, it may be worth checking with your mortgage officer to see if could purchase your next home without selling your current one first.  If a down-payment is tied up in the equity of your current home, a cash-out refinance may be an option for you.  (FYI – a refinance must be completed before listing your current home or moving forward on a loan application for a new home.)  Best plan… contact your mortgage officer and a contact qualified experienced real estate agent. 

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Home Buyers Guide Spring 2020

Despite so many uncertainties as we learn to live with Covid-19, there oddly hasn’t been a better time to buy a home in recent history with mortgage interest rates hovering at all time lows. For a Home Buying Guide packed with information, please click below then give me a call or send me a message and let’s set up time to connect and get you started on right path to homeownership.

As a committed full-time real estate agent, I have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers… it would be a pleasure to help you too.

Whether you have tons of questions or don’t even know the questions to ask, I am ready to work with you through the entire process.


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Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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10 Oakridge Avenue, Attleboro

10oakridge

10 Oakridge Avenue
Attleboro, MA

4 bedroom, 2.5 bath
Craftsman Colonial
Built 2015
Lot Size .28 acres

Awesome location!
Awesome home!

Finally…the home you’ve been waiting for!

It seems like just yesterday that I met some wonderful first time home buyers from Jamaica Plain full of enthusiasm and dreams. We searched near and far for a new home where they could be a one car family, walk to the train for their Boston commute, walk to parks & restaurants for family fun, have quick access to Rt 95 & Providence, relax with their young children and dogs, and enjoy the luxuries of new construction. A tall order and it took some time, but we found it at 10 Oakridge Ave in Attleboro and now this gorgeous four year young home is for sale and ready for you!

You’ll love the location & spacious open floor plan of this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Craftsman Colonial built in 2015 featuring hardwood floors throughout, a contemporary white kitchen with walk-in pantry, spacious living room with gas fireplace, stunning dining room with wainscoting, a master suite with two walk-in closets, three additional great sized bedrooms (two with walk-in closets), second floor laundry, fully fenced in yard, and so much more!

This wonderful home is tucked away in an established neighborhood behind Capron Park & Zoo, around the corner from Highland Park’s walking trails, and just minutes to schools, train station, & city center. Oakridge Ave is short street that dead-ends so very quiet with limited traffic.

10 Oakridge Ave is the perfect location for commuting, living, and feeling at Home.  Give a call for details or to set up a showing… this really is a good one!  (For a self-guided virtual tour, just click here.)

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Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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A Note to My Clients during this Incredible Time

To think I thought February dragged on forever this year…

March 2020 clearly has been the longest month on record during my time on this beautiful earth.  What began with a nice weekend in New York City where we enjoyed a gorgeous hotel with amazing views, a long awaited visit with my grad school best friend, a fun ferry ride on the river, the powerful 911 Museum and all it represented, and our friend’s XFL game at MetLife Stadium then all lead perfectly into a relaxing getaway with my daughter to visit my mom in Florida for her freshman year Spring Break.  We spent a week in the sun, hanging by the pool, eating out, and hearing just bits and pieces about the Corona Virus arriving to the United States.  By the end of the week, things clearly were quickly evolving as we bought the last two canisters of Lysol wipes at the local CVS for our flight home and cherished the last bits of a travel sized hand sanitizer that we found in my carry on.

Upon arrival back to Massachusetts, we packed our daughter up and dropped her back to college.  Those next few days then felt like weeks as news and fresh data started to be shared.  Every hour it seemed there was a new development and just five days after we had dropped her off, we were back up to Weston with two cars to pack up her dorm room for good.

I am sure you all have very similar and surreal stories of your own.  With companies transitioning work to home offices, schools closing and sending kids home, parents figuring out home schooling, and many many of you facing layoffs and business closings.  Working in real estate and new construction, I have faced these challenges with my clients and I face a lot of uncertainty myself.

So what I am thinking now?

First and foremost, your top priority must be taking care of yourself and your loved ones. I am still working, but know that real estate will be there for you on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis as well.

There are absolutely some buyers and sellers who need to buy and sell now and we are working with them to make that happen. If you feel more comfortable waiting, take assurance in the fact that we were in the middle of a strong economy and a strong housing market when the Covid-19 hit. I am confident there are going to be buyers and sellers anxiously awaiting you once this health crisis has resolved.

Please know I am available and I am happy to be a resource to you at anytime and for anything.  I have a solid network of other professionals who are eager to be helpful to you as well.  Mortgage officers, attorneys, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.  I am just a phone call or e-mail away (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com)

We’ll get through this … we have before!

All of the best and stay well,

Jen

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Best Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe

 

If there was one skill that I had to identify,
something that I have completely mastered
(besides real estate of course 🙂 )

that I am absolutely 100% confident in,
it would have to be the careful nurturing
of the exquisitely slightly mushy dark brown banana.

Mimi and JenMy friends from far and wide are always  astonished at my skill when admiring our family’s fruit bowl.   I would not feel right going any further, however, if I didn’t acknowledge my Mom with a big “shout out” and “thank you” for consistently demonstrating her specialized technique throughout my childhood of buying more bananas than we could eat then patiently ignoring the few remaining fruits until they were almost unrecognizable.    So, “Thank You Mom!!”  because now I too am an expert which means I am almost always prepared to make this delicious and super easy one-bowl banana bread recipe…  hope you enjoy!

Super Easy Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup)

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
(I like mine really brown :), 1-2 bananas)

1/2 cup buttermilk
(can be made with 2 tsp vinegar and 1/2 cup milk)

1/3 cup vegetable oil
(can replace all or half with applesauce)

1 egg

1/2 cup chocolate chips
(I guess those are optional but who wouldn’t add chocolate chips??)

Banana Bread BundtPreheat over to 350 degrees. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and give a quick mix to combine. Then add banana, buttermilk, oil, and egg and mix thoroughly. Add in chocolate chips and/or walnuts if desired. Pour into greased and floured bread pan. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. I typically double the recipe and bake in a bundt pan for approximately an hour (until springs back to touch and tooth pick comes out clean).

Let cool and enjoy!!!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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