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How to Win the Bidding War on the Home You Want

Brace Helgeson
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If you are buying a home at the height of a citywide sellerís market or simply want a sought-after house in a neighborhood with limited turnover, you may find yourself in the midst of a real estate bidding war.

Competing against faceless prospective buyers may bring out the warrior in you, but before you decide to go all out in your battle, you need to step back and decide how much you really want that particular home.

Should You Compete in a Bidding War?

In the thick of competition you may forget your end goal is a home you love and can afford to own. If your offers have been turned down by several sellers because of competing buyers, then you may feel pushed to make an aggressive offer for the next home you like.

You should stop yourself from competing just because you think the time is right to become a homeowner or to move up into a new place. Instead, think about whether you really want theparticular house enough to fight for it.

To guardagainst making an emotion-fueled offer for a house, take a hard look at your finances. While it may feel good at first to beat out other buyers and to purchase a property, it wonít feel so great in a year or two when you are struggling to make the payments on a house beyondyour means. Know your limits before you begin to bid.

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