Brittany Picolo-Ramos's Best Tip For Struggling Homebuyers To Find Success

CNN says home prices have jumped by 20% since last year, and homebuyers are struggling now more than ever. There are not enough homes for sale to meet demand as people are being outbid while also struggling to find a home that meets their criteria. For many people in the United States, buying and owning a home is part of the American Dream, according to Jessica Lautz, NAR's vice president of demographics and behavioral insights. So, what can they do to fulfill their dreams?

Real Estate expert Brittany Picolo-Ramos from "Selling the Big Easy" recently spoke to Realtor about the current housing market and what families can do to successfully purchase a home. As homes are quickly purchased one by one, Picolo-Ramos says you need to be quick and resourceful. She has spent time helping several families find homes on her show, and now she may be able to provide you with some helpful advice.

Don't go at it alone

Brittany Picolo-Ramos recently said the best way to achieve homeownership is by hiring a real estate agent, according to Realtor. When you find a home suitable for you, it's critical that you provide them with a quick and attractive offer. A real estate agent can lend their expertise to help write up an offer a seller can't refuse. It seems like many other people agree, as 92% of successful homebuyers in 2021 worked with an agent or broker, according to The Close. Luckily, real estate agents are paid through commission of a home sale rather than having the home buyer pay an hourly rate, according to SmartAsset.

However, Picolo-Ramos says you still need to make sure you have a decent-sized down payment to confidently secure a home. Even couples with high incomes are having trouble securing a reasonable down payment, according to CNN. A couple had to go way over their initial budget by offering $50,000 over the asking price — ultimately spending $750,000 on a home that not only needed new windows but a new roof too.