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How to Buy in a Seller’s Market Posted: 28th September 2021
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The housing market has exceeded all our expectations this year, with sales figures outpacing previous years and no let-up in sight.

Buyers are still facing stiff competition, especially for three and four-bedroom family homes close to East Renfrewshire’s ever-popular schools. The number of people bidding for each property is at its highest ever and double the level seen two years ago before the pandemic.

In today’s competitive market, how can you avoid missing out on your dream home?

The key is to have strong buying power and there are several ways you can do this:

Agree a sale on your home

If you need to sell a property to buy, the best course of action is to put your property on the market first. Sellers are more likely to accept an offer from someone who has secured a buyer or has exchanged contracts as this will mean fewer delays. Some people are even moving into rented accommodation so that they can find the right property and move fast.

Get a mortgage in principle

If you are looking to buy a first home, it’s essential you have a mortgage agreed in principle before you even begin to look for a home to buy. If you don’t have this, a seller will not accept an offer from you. If you are a second stepper, talk to your lender or mortgage broker to find out what you need to do in order to port your existing mortgage or apply for a new one if you are at the end of the mortgage term. \

Make it clear if you are a cash buyer

Every seller wants to sell their home to a cash buyer – there are no delays, no lenders’ dictating timings and the process is quicker. If you are a cash buyer make sure you clarify this as you will be a much more attractive prospect to any potential sellers.

The problem recently has been lack of supply, especially houses with three or more bedrooms. However, more properties are coming to the market and according to Rightmove, the number of new listings in the first two weeks of September was 14% higher than the last two weeks of August. Autumn is a busy time as people want to move before Christmas and New Year so there should be more choice for those looking to buy.


Whatever your reason for moving; whether it's for extra space, to downsize or you may simply have found your dream home, Nicol can help. Our knowledge of the local property market helps us develop a marketing plan that's right for you and your property.
We want our clients to be delighted with the service we provide. Listening to your needs and understanding your requirements is our starting point. To find out more about our approach to selling homes, download our comprehensive Guide to Selling your Property here.
If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Sales Manager Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.