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How to Navigate Real Estate Investing in a Seller’s Market

Eagle Home with a “Sold” Sign in the YardOne of the realities of investing in Eagle single-family rental properties is that it can sometimes be problematic to locate that next great bargain property. This happens more frequently when the demand is high, and supply is limited. These market conditions keep on pushing property prices up, creating what is known as a seller’s market.

But since the market is especially competitive doesn’t mean you should give up your plans to buy a rental property. However, it does mean that you may need to know a few tips to do so successfully. How to successfully navigate your way through buying an investment property in a seller’s market will be discussed in further detail in the next section.

Overcoming the Challenges of a Seller’s Market

When more buyers are looking for properties than people are willing to sell, this can cause some severe issues for rental property investors. Listings only stay on the market for just a short time, bidding wars are popular, and properties can often sell for more than the asking price. It can also make sellers less willing to negotiate or offer any incentives realizing that their property will likely sell quickly. To overcome these challenges, here are several things you can do to get your hands on that next investment property:

  • Focus on Neighborhoods. No two markets are completely alike, and the same is true of neighborhoods. In a seller’s market, pick neighborhoods with available properties that will likely see continued increases in rental rates. An ideal location may be much more valuable than getting a bargain-basement deal on the property.
  • Pursue Off-Market Properties. When listings are sold after a couple of days on the market, it’s important to utilize alternative strategies to keep your investing on track. One of these strategies is to pursue off-market properties. To help you locate them, you need to communicate with local property management companies, other rental property owners, or real estate agents with local expertise. This is where having market experts like those at Real Property Management Boise can give you a competitive edge!
  • Crunch the Numbers. Since residential properties are unlikely to sell below market value in a seller’s market, you must do your study and research the property before deciding to purchase it. It is also imperative to think about the fact that you may end up paying asking prices (or above) and ensure that the margins still work out in support of yourself before making an offer.
  • Get Pre-Approved. In a competitive market environment, it is important to move quickly once you do find a property you want. Getting your financing organized and ready to go can help give you an edge over other buyers, particularly if your lender has a pre-approval in hand or if you’ve previously worked with them. Giving your seller higher confidence in your willingness to complete the sale may encourage them to choose your offer above anyone else.


Buying an investment property in a seller’s market can be a challenge, but with these and other suggestions, you can easily achieve success. If you’re ready to get going and buy a rental property, Real Property Management Boise can help. Our Eagle property managers have the local market expertise and exclusive information on off-market properties to help you find a profitable investment property. To learn more, contact us online today!

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