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7 Tips for Getting a House in a Hot Market (Like Denver!)

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Our business works with a lot of first time home buyers in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets. As Denver has just been rated the hardest place for a first-time home buyer, I’ve started a list of items that I think help our clients.

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7 Tips for Getting a House in a Hot Market (Like Denver!)

1. Take time to craft your offer letter.

Write a strong offer letter that’s personalized to the place and makes you seem like someone the seller wants to help out.

2. Use snail mail to be more personal and more memorable.

If you know the owner still lives in the place, consider mailing your letter so that it stands out from email. A personal touch can go a long way in helping you distinguish yourself as a real person who represents the best possible option for the owner.

Related: How to Make an Offer on a Property Not Listed on the MLS

3. Offer cash—or close to it.

Make your offer as close to cash as possible. This is possible if you go further into the lending process than just getting pre-qualified, such as having your lender fully underwrite the loan in advance. (Not all lenders will do this, but if you ask around, you can find one who does.)

4. Look at areas near the hot spots.

Consider a market that’s still appealing, but less expensive and up and coming (I’m talking about you, Colorado Springs).

5. Consider a local lender.

Go with a local lender. Local lenders return phone calls, work off hours, and know contacts in the area. They can make the seller's life (and their agent's life) much easier.

6. Clear up your schedule and be ready to act.

Be as flexible as possible with your time. The sooner you can go, the better. You stand a better chance if you get there first.

Related: How I Landed a Solid 4-Plex in Denver, One of the Hottest Markets in the Country

7. Choose your agent wisely.

Get a serious agent. In times like this, it's really important to work with someone who has closed multiple deals (at least 10), has contacts locally, and is motivated by the need to eat. Because the inventory is so low, you really need someone that has the time and attention to dedicate to your home search.

What are your tips and tricks for helping first time home buyers in a tight market?

Be sure to leave a comment, and let’s chat!

Erin Spradlin co-owns James Carlson Real Estate. She loves working with first-time homebuyers for their enthusiasm and excitement, and loves working with investors because she's a fellow spreadsheet nerd. She and her husband own three properties in metro Denver and are currently in the process of acquiring a duplex in Colorado Springs. You can find Erin's blogs here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/author/erinspradlin/ and her airbnb video series here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgSUZKLPRI9tK3Vd-qpH3Sk2Rh-_pIrNN.

    Reed Huddleston Real Estate Professional from Colorado Springs, Colorado (CO)
    Replied over 1 year ago
    As a new broker starting out in Colorado Springs I will be sure to keep these strategies in mind!!
    Erin Spradlin Real Estate Agent from Denver, CO
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great! Good luck in Colorado Springs! It’s a hot, hot market right now (as I’m sure you know.)
    Benjamin Papet
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Hello Erin, My name is Ben and I am planning on moving to Denver by the end of the year. I'm not too familiar with that market but I am looking at Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch to buy a primary SFR and then I would like to invest in small multi-family properties. Would you recommend any neighborhoods/suburbs for rental property investments? And how do you see Denver 5 to 10 years from now? Thank you for your time and any feedback you may have. Sincerely, Ben P