Buying a home should be fun – that’s how I feel. Having been in the business for going on 15 years now – I still enjoy every aspect of helping my customers and clients. As you look for your dream home – keep the following things in mind.
Most important !!! Find a real estate agent who you connect with. Quite frankly, if we don’t get along and can have ease of communication, then the only person who wants to work with the other less is me !! Home buying is not only a financial commitment, it is an emotional one. Your realtor should be highly skilled and also fit with your personality.
Remember – there is no right time to buy, just as there is no perfect time to sell. If you find a home now, don’t try to second guess interest rates or the housing market by waiting longer. You risk losing out on the home of your dreams. The housing market usually doesn’t change fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won’t stay on the market long.
Don’t ask for too many opinions. It is natural to want resassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas from too many people will make it much harder to make a decision. Focus on the want and need of your immediate famly – the people who will be living in the home.
Accept that no house is ever perfect. If it is in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped, the kitchenmay be perfect but the roof needs repair. Make a list of your top priortiites and focus on things that are most inportant to you. Let the minor ones go.
Don’t try to be a killer negotiator. Negotiation is definitely a part of the real estate process. but trying to win by getting an extra low price or by refusing to budge on your offer may cost you the home you love. Negotiation is give and take.
Remember your home does not exist in a vacuum. Don’t get so caught up in the physical aspects of the house itself – rooms size, kitchen, etc. – that you forget about important isues as noise level, location to amenities, and other aspects that also have a big impact on your quality fo life.
Plan ahead. Dont wait until you’ve found a home and made an offer to get approved for a mortgage, investigate home insurance and consider a schedule for moving. Presenting an offer contingent on a lot of unresolved isues will make your bid much less attractive to sellers.
Accept that a little buyers remorse is inevitable and will probably pass. Buying a home especially for the first time is a big financial commitment, it is also an emotional commitment. But is also yields big benefits. Don’t lose sight of why you wanted to buy a home and what made you fall in love with the property you purchased.
Good luck – and please feel free to contact me with any home buying questions. Have a great day !!