Navigating a competitive seller’s market: Advice for buyers and sellers

When the market’s on fire like a hot Sarasota summer and houses are flying off the shelves, you know you’re in a competitive seller’s market. Buyers are hungry, and sellers are grinning – but how do you navigate this wild ride? 

For Buyers:

When it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, you’ve got to be sharp. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Money talks: Be sure to have your pre-approval lined up. Sellers need to know you’re not just window shopping.
  • Must-haves: Make a list of deal-breakers and areas where you can be flexible. Trust me, this list is gold when you’re making snap decisions.
  • Fast and furious: Don’t be a slowpoke. When you find a good one, move quickly or someone else will snatch it.
  • Tag team with a Realtor: Having a pro on your side helps you score secret listings, killer advice and negotiation skills that give you an edge.
  • Show you mean business: Slap that earnest money down. It shows sellers you’re serious about the sale.
  • Cash is king: If you can afford it, consider edging up your offer a bit. 

For Sellers:

Alright, sellers, you’re in the driver’s seat, but you still gotta steer right. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Reality check on price: Yes, you love your place, but don’t price it into the stratosphere. A wallet-friendly price tag will get buyers’ attention.
  • Primp that pad: Spruce things up. Fix what’s broken, give it a makeover and make sure that your home’s curb appeal is on point.
  • Sort through offers: It’s not just about the money. Go through those offers with a magnifying glass. Terms matter!
  • Pro-inspect: You could be a hero by doing a pre-inspection. It’s like a trust fall for buyers.
  • Partner with your Realtor: Your Realtor will help you sift through offers and play hardball, if needed.
  • Quick draw: In this market, things move quickly. Be ready to act fast when offers start rolling in.

If you’re navigating this Sarasota real estate whirlwind, don’t sweat it – I’ve got your back. Feel free to contact me at, and we can ride this wave together!