Spring 2015 Home-Buying Guide: 5 Insider Tips From Real Estate Pros Across the Country

Christine Ryan Jyoti

78779258Spring and all its glory is right around the corner—just take a look at the signs all around you.

No, we’re not talking about the budding flowers or the chirping birds—we’re referring to those “For Sale” signs that start popping up on lawns across the country as the weather starts heating up.

And once the home-buying season commences … so do the bidding wars and mad dashes from one open house to another.

Since the housing market can be a tricky one to suss out, we asked agents across the country to give us their assessments for this season’s real estate landscape.

Their overarching observation? This will be a competitive home-buying season—so if you snooze, you may lose out on that four-bedroom colonial you’ve been eyeing.

“The major pitfall is lack of preparation,” says David Yocum, a Redfin real estate agent based in Chicago. “The [housing] recovery appears slow due to a lack of inventory and a low participation rate among first-time buyers, but it’s still a competitive seller’s market.”

So check out our pros’ tips for boosting your chances of success—and possibly snagging that dream home by summer.

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  • jpmonte

    All good advice for the most part. The personal letter thing is a little hokey, but I suppose it depends what part of the country you live in. Here in NYC, its all about the money…the sellers really don’t care what your story is if you don’t pony up what they want.

  • Brayn Smith

    Before you start looking at properties, find out how much money you can borrow. Then you can focus your attention on finding a home well within your budget.