I get asked a lot, "How long does it take to buy a house?" My response? "That depends on you!"
I usually get strange looks or silence if they're on the phone...
In the past year, I had some buyers that took 8 months to find a house. Yes, 8 months! Yet, I had buyers that took a week... you never know until you start the process.
These buyers contacted me on a Friday, we scheduled to look at houses on the next Tuesday, and we submitted an offer on Thursday. From contact to contract was less than a week!!
The 8 month buyers... He wanted a newer two story home and she wanted an older one story home. Their price range started out under $250k and as the months went on, they were looking at $425k as they couldn't agree on things.
I didn't want to push them because I'm not a "salesman". I'm a consultant. I kept pointing out the differences in what each other were looking at, and we had several discussions about it, but nothing sunk in and I was getting no where in helping them narrow things down, except for the feeder elementary school for their kids. It finally took seeing the right home for one to compromise and realize what they wanted wasn't really what they wanted. Contract, closed, and for under $300k!
Another example is some buyers that weren't sure when they wanted to relocate here, but wanted to see what the area had to offer and they were aiming for November. They came in town in May, and I showed them 6 houses. They went back home. I got a call two days later, "We want to know what we need to do to put an offer on that house."
So, how long does it take to buy a house? "It completely depends on you and what you want to accomplish!!"
If you're a buyer in the Austin TX and surrounding areas, please call me TODAY as we might find a house for you tomorrow... or next month. With me, even a quick transaction can be stress-free!!
**Are You Packed Yet?**
Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline
Austin TX Real Estate and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, West Lake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Hill Country Austin TX Real Estate and beyond. Whether you're buying or selling an Austin home, I'll be with you every step of the way.
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