I get this question a lot from buyers who feel that after seeing many houses they can’t find the right house for them. This is a hard question to answer because there are many reasons why buyers may not be finding their perfect house.
Ask almost anyone who has lived in their home for a number of years if there is something they would change about their home, and you’re likely to hear a list of things they would like to improve or change. It’s helpful to keep this in mind when searching for your first home. Most likely you won’t find the perfect house, in the perfect location, at with the perfect price, but it is possible to find the best available home, in your price range, that suits your needs and desires.
In the search for the “perfect” house there are some pitfalls that, if avoided, will help you instead find the right home.
Timing is everything: More houses go on the market in the spring than at other times of the year. This means that if you start your search in the fall, there may be fewer houses on the market from which to choose. It’s best to give that local market more time to see what comes on the market in the spring.
Check the list (twice!): In last week’s post we discussed the need to have a list of your needs and wants. It’s tempting to dream about your perfect house, but it’s more important to think about the right house for you.. Make sure you constantly refer to your list of needs and wants in a house, and have that list guide you to the house that meets the most of those needs and wants..
Stay focused: An experienced agent knows that if you look at too many homes in one day, the details seem to run together, making you as a buyer, even more confused and overwhelmed. Try to balance your desire to see everything out there, with your need to be able to think about each choice coherently. Make sure to share your list of needs and wants with your agent so they can make sure to target the houses you see to ones that will achieve your goals.
It’s a big deal: It is important to keep in mind that this purchase will be one of the biggest transactions you will ever make. This is also an investment, financially and in your future, and so it is appropriate to want to make sure you are making a good decision. Be patient, communicate with, and trust your agent to help you find your home. Of equal importance is that you trust your instincts and when you have a hunch you’ve run across the “right” one, don’t waste time and make an offer.
The bottom line is that home shopping is a great deal less about finding the perfect house than it is about finding the perfect home for you and your family.
Good luck in your search!
By Marc Stein, Broker/Owner