The real estate market in northwest Michigan is hot right now, with listings getting multiple offers and selling for over the asking prices in just days. So what can people looking to buy or sell a home do to increase their chances of success? Kerri Mackey, a real estate agent with Lighthouse Reality in Manistee, said her number one tip for people looking to buy is that they should go with an experienced agent to increase their chances of finding a home. "You can search on your own, but it is better to work with an established agent," Mackey said. "They can also search, and they often know of listings before they come up on searches, and they can put you on new listings right away." RELATED: Hot housing market pricing many out of northwest Michigan She said pre-qualifying with lenders is a must. "This lets buyers pull the trigger when a house comes on the market if they have a prequalification letter," Mackey said. "It's almost impossible to have an offer accepted with out one right now." Prequalification letters are a note from a lender letting sellers know the interested buyer has qualified for a loan to purchase the property. Mackey also said negotiating price is not an option in the current market. "It is 100% a seller's market," she said. "There's no room for coming in with low offers or any back and forth. You need to come in with your biggest, best offer." RELATED: See inside this $7.25 million, 43-bedroom ranch on Pere Marquette River She also said people should expect to pay more than the listed price, and that sellers aren't likely going to want to deal with people using certain types of loans. "People looking to use VA Home Loans, USDA Rural Development Home Loans or U.S. Federal Housing Administration loans won't even be able to get involved in making an offer. Right now it is just conventional loans or cash." As for sellers, even though it is a seller's market, Mackey suggest going with a established real estate agent just like when looking for a home. "You want to get somebody who will work for you; don't think that just because the market is hot you can just throw up a home and it will sell," she said. "You still want advertising. You want them to do the best they can to help you sell." RELATED: See inside this $750,000 'land yacht' in Au Gres Mackey also said that sellers should know that they're selling high, but will also be buying high. "If you're selling and then buying somewhere else, prepare to pay a higher price," she said. "You might have a hard time finding a place to buy."