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‘It can provide a significant strategic advantage.’ In today’s ultra-competitive housing market, 3 real estate pros dish on how you can get the house you want

Comps and advice from your real estate agent and their relationship with the seller’s agent can help you determine how much you’ll need to go over asking — though sometimes, it’s truly just instinctual. “But remember, anything you offer over the appraised value of the home, and your loan amount, will be your responsibility to cover,” says home and lifestyle expert Lexie Holbert. “Increase your earnest money (the deposit when you make an offer) from the standard 1% to 10-20% to show the seller you’re serious,” says Holbert.