How to make a daunting process a little easier. 

By Sarah Yang
May 15, 2017

March through July are prime months for buying and selling homes. In fact, a recent report from Zillow showed that homes listed from May 1 to May 15 have a better chance of selling faster. But this busy and competitive season can be overwhelming for potential home buyers. “Home shopping season this year is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent history,” Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow’s chief marketing officer, told Real Simple. “There are 3 percent fewer homes for sale now than a year ago, according to Zillow housing data. Most metros are sellers’ markets and in hot cities like Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco, buyers should expect lots of competition and even bidding wars over desirable homes.” Zillow also reports that U.S. home values across the nation are up 7.2 percent over the past year and there are three percent fewer homes to choose from than a year ago.

To help potential buyers, we asked Wacksman for his tips for home shopping in this year’s competitive market. Check out what he had to say below and keep these in mind throughout the process.

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