3 Tips for Better Home Searches

Buying a home is stressful. Especially in this guerrilla warfare market that we are in. In a previous article I shared a few tips in regards to making effective offers. This article will be more focused on the home search itself.

Finding a home can be one of the most stressful experiences a human being can encounter. You have to please every single family member, hear the kids whine and argue over switching schools or moving away from their friends. You have to calculate new commutes, new budgets, and new organization for the new home! So allow me to share 3 tips that can help make this whole process a little bit easier.

  1. Be Flexible- Sit down with your spouse or your family members and establish the “must haves” for the new home which should be pretty basic. Unless we have a unique need in the family this should really be limited to number of bedrooms, broad, general area, and perhaps year of construction. You should not make a list of 82 items that the new home must have in order to qualify. Keep the list simple so that you can have many options to look at. Also create a list of the “would be nice” items and pass those on to your agent so that they can keep an eye out. Understand that these may or may not be found. If your agent is smart they will take you to view different kinds of properties to learn your preferences. Be honest about your likes and dislikes.
  2. Be Aggressive- However long it takes you to find your home understand that it may need to be among your top priorities. If a listing pops up at 10 am you should find a way to be able to see it that same day. Waiting often equals losing. Understand that your dream home is out there and there are others trying to take it from you. If you see homes that you like pull the trigger and make offers! In this market the aggressive buyers always win. Move quickly, go all in, find your home, then relax!
  3. Be Patient- This is a huge one! If you can land the contract on the first home that you like then fantastic, take your agent to dinner and rejoice! This may not always be the case however and patience becomes key! Impatient and whiny buyers always lose. If you didn’t land that contract you wanted don’t freak out. Get with your agent, discuss why it may not have worked, learn from it and move on to the next one. If it is a home you absolutely love offer to submit a back up offer to the seller and see what happens! The minute you freak out, become impatient and get discouraged you lose. Buying a home is a big deal for all of us. Tackle it with optimism.

P.S. I will write an entire article about this one topic later but suffice it to say that you need to know where to search and where NOT to search for homes to save time! In short Zillow Trulia, and Realtor.com are NOT GOOD SOURCES! Use your local MLS website for the most accurate listings. I will bash on Zillow and Trulia later…

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