Buyers should be aware that pre-qualifying for a mortgage does not safely eliminate the need for a financing condition in an offer. You should be approved for a mortgage.
In competing offer situations, it can be tempting not to include a clause in an offer that makes it conditional on a home inspection. While your offer might be more acceptable to the seller, you may later learn that there are property defects, required repairs or needed upgrades that you weren’t aware of. In some cases, this can be expensive in the short or long-term. Foregoing a home inspection is a significant risk that a buyer needs to carefully consider. You could consider doing an inspection prior to making the offer. You could, also, request this condition for only 24 hours. Your agent should be able to get this arranged quite quickly.
Tips for Sellers
A seller facing competing offers has to consider how they want to deal with the situation. The seller can decide to: accept the best offer; negotiate with one buyer and reject all other offers; negotiate with one buyer and advise other buyers that their offers are being set aside while the seller negotiates; or reject all offers.
Even in a competing offer situation, buyers have other options and may choose not to continue to participate. A seller may attempt to negotiate only to find out that it was the best offer the buyer could present. In the meantime, other buyers have found new properties they are interested in.
The seller’s real estate broker or salesperson can provide advice and guidance, ensuring that the obligations and the options available are understood.