5 Tips to Avoid “Buyer Fatigue” in Maui’s Competitive Real Estate Market

5 Tips to Avoid “Buyer Fatigue” in Maui’s Competitive Real Estate Market

  • Chelsea Dimin
  • 10/14/22
Buyer fatigue? It’s a real thing! Especially with Maui’s competitive real estate market. Prior to Covid-19, many Buyers waited to retire to purchase property in Hawaii. Many parents waited for their children to graduate college to become empty-nesters. A widespread “Carpe Diem” mentality and the ability to live and work remotely in paradise are the perfect combination for more Buyers to pull the Property-Purchase trigger much sooner than they originally planned. The result is a low supply, high demand Seller market that frustrated and fatigued Buyers are currently experiencing on Maui.
In this fast real estate market, it is important that I position and prepare my Buyer clients in advance so they can have realistic expectations around timing, an offer price, and negotiations that will enable their offer to stand out from the pile of multiple offers. I share these five tips to avoid Buyer Fatigue with my clients, so they are prepared when a new listing they want quickly goes pending, or if their offer gets rejected in a multiple offer situation.

1. Act Fast

Timing is everything. Be ready to act fast to view a property and to submit an offer. Most recent new listings on Maui have an accepted offer within the first week of coming on to the market. Check for new listings and price adjustments every few hours, at least daily, and request to view the property as soon as possible. Some Sellers disclose an offer review date which helps eliminate the first-come, first-serve competition to submit the first offer. But be prepared to clear your schedule and be flexible so you can view a new listing as soon as it comes on the market.

2. Virtual Tours = Site Unseen Offers

Be prepared to make a Site Unseen Offer. Facetime and Zoom property tours are the new norm for showing property. I request virtual tours as soon as I see a property hit the market for my Buyers so they can tour the property during working hours and schedule an in-person showing as soon as they are available. Often times, this leads to offers that are submitted Site Unseen. Once an offer has been accepted, off-island Buyers can utilize the Buyer Inspection period to visit the property in person.

3. Get Preapproval

Before moving forward with an offer that requires financing, Sellers want to know exactly how preapproved a Buyer is. To get preapproval, you complete an initial loan application. The lender then does an extensive check on your finances and credit record. If everything checks out, the lender will state the exact amount they are willing to loan you so long as you meet certain conditions and the home meets certain requirements of the lender. The preapproval is good for a set amount of time, usually 60-90 days.
Be prepared to show a preapproval letter from a reputable local lender prior to viewing listings. Most Sellers want to only consider Buyers that are ready and able to purchase their property immediately and will require a preapproval letter prior to scheduling a showing appointment. A financing Buyer’s offer that includes a preapproval letter helps stand out from multiple offers.

4. Submit Your Best Offer

A property’s value is worth what someone is willing to pay. I keep my clients informed with Maui market updates so they can set realistic expectations when submitting an offer. The average sales price of Single Family Homes on Maui in August 2022 was $1,484,007. This is a 13% decrease since the August 2021 average of $1,705,485. The number of new listings in August was down 26.7% compared to August 2021, which indicates a substantial decrease in inventory. Most recent property sales on Maui closed at 97.5% of list price.
With 3.2 months of inventory on the market, this Seller market still commands your best offer price from the start. Do not expect a Seller to counter offer. Sometimes a Seller will come back to Buyers in a Multiple Offer situation and request their “best and highest offer,” but I am seeing more and more Sellers select their top one or two offers to negotiate with and rejecting the remaining offers.

5. Submit a Back-Up Offer

It is always worth submitting a backup offer for a property that you love that already has an accepted offer in place. You just never know what type of change in familial, financial, health, and work circumstances can cause a Buyer to cancel a purchase. As a Buyer in the first back-up position, your offer will come into play once the original Buyer cancels. An accepted backup offer secures your Backup Buyer position and avoids another multiple offer situation and possible bidding war.
Chelsea Dimin

Chelsea Dimin

Realtor® Broker

About The Author

Chelsea Dimin stands at the pinnacle of Maui's luxury real estate, consistently ranking among the top 1% of agents in sales volume. Chelsea specializes in oceanfront property and vacation homes and has over 17 years of expertise in real estate, business development, and advertising sales.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chelsea holds degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her career journey led her to Los Angeles in 2006, honing negotiation skills representing top brands in digital media and advertising sales. In 2010, she joined New York Magazine's digital publication, NYmag.com, as the West Coast Advertising Sales Account Executive. In 2014, Chelsea embraced Maui's allure, obtaining her real estate license and collaborating with a local developer. As a Realtor Salesperson, she played a key role in transforming vacation rental estates into profitable ventures, attracting a global clientele.

Acquiring her Broker license in 2017, Chelsea made history in January 2023, becoming the first female Realtor to list and sell a $32 million dollar home in Makena, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Today, Chelsea guides buyers in realizing their Maui dream homes. Known for tenacity and creativity, she forges connections, assesses needs, and delivers strategic results. Chelsea's signature is creating opportunities, leveraging a global network for off-market deals and win-win negotiations.

Clients appreciate Chelsea's commitment to staying informed, providing updates on values, market trends, and recommendations. Beyond real estate, Chelsea enjoys an active lifestyle, engaging in surfing, yoga, barre classes, mountain biking, beach runs, jungle hikes, and waterfall adventures with her husband Tim and beloved pitbull, Lulu.

“My mission is to exceed your expectations so that you never hesitate to refer your friends, family or coworkers to me in the future.”

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